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K-State Opens Big 12 Play on the Road at Texas


Press Release Kansas State University:

Game 4
Kansas State at Texas
Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Location: Austin, Texas

Stadium: Darrell KRoyal-Texas Memorial Stadium (100,119)

Series: K-State leads, 8-5


           Brent Musburger (Play-by-Play) 

           Kirk Herbstreit (Analyst)

           Heather Cox (Sideline Reporter)

Radio: K-State SportsNetwork; k-statesports.com;

SIRIUS Satellite Radio Ch.117, XM Ch. 202

           Wyatt Thompson (Play-by-Play) 

           Stan Weber (Analyst)

           Matt Walters (Sideline Reporter)

National Radio: WestwoodOneSports

           John Tautges (Play-by-Play) 

           Tim Brown (Analyst)

Twitter Updates:@kstatesports and @kstate_gameday

Tickets: k-statesports.com;1-800-221-CATS


Following a 37-7 win over UMass inthe final non-conference game of the season, Kansas State will hit the road forthe first time in 2013 and open the Big 12 Conference portion of its scheduleSaturday night at Texas. The game is slated for a 7 p.m., kickoff at Darrell K.Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium and will be televised nationally on ABC. BrentMusburger (Play-by-Play), Kirk Herbstreit (Analyst) and Heather Cox (SidelineReporter) will have the call for ABC, while Wyatt Thompson will call the actionon the K-State Sports Network with Stan Weber providing color analysis and MattWalters giving sideline updates. A free live audio broadcast is available atk-statesports.com and on SIRIUS satellite radio channel 117 and XM channel 202.WestwoodOne Sports will also be on hand for a national radio broadcast withJohn Tautges and Tim Brown on the call. Live stats will be available atk-statesports.com, while Twitter updates (@kstatesports and @kstate_gameday)will also be a part of the gameday coverage.


The Wildcats rushed for 329yards, including 118 by running back John Hubert, and returned an interceptionfor a touchdown for the second straight game to run past UMass, 37-7, lastweek. Jake Waters added touchdown passes of 43 and 50 yards, while Daniel Samssparked the offense with 77 rushing yards and a touchdown as both quarterbacksplayed key roles in the win. Hubert's 118 yards on the ground marked the first100-yard performance of the season as the Wildcats averaged 7.2 yards per carryas a team against the Minutemen. On defense, linebackers Blake Slaughter (27)and Jonathan Truman (25) and continue to lead the squad in tackles, whiledefensive end Ryan Mueller has been the most consistent Wildcat up front thisseason. The former walk-on has 4.5 tackles for loss on the season with 2.0sacks to go along with his 17 total tackles. Daily's two interceptions lastweek have shot him up the Big 12 rankings into a tie for first heading intoconference play. The special teams units have been solid again so far thisseason with the Wildcats' kick return and punt return units ranking among thenation's best. K-State enters league play No. 1 nationally in punt returns averaging31.7 yards per return. In the kicking game, Jack Cantele is 3-for-3 in fieldgoals, including a career-long 42-yarder last week, while punter Mark Krause isaveraging 42.7 yards a kick with four being downed inside the 20-yard line.


K-State will head to AustinSaturday to face a Texas Longhorn squad that is 1-2 on the season and comingoff a home loss to Ole Miss on Saturday. The Longhorns are led by quarterbacksDavid Ash and Case McCoy, who have connected on 70-of-110 passes for 865 yardsand seven scores with just two picks. A total of 50 of those 70 completionshave gone to Mike Davis, Jaxon Shipley and Kendall Sanders. On the ground,Johnathan Gray has rushed for 209 yards on 38 carries, while Ash has added 125.Defensively, Jordan Hicks has 32 stops to lead all defenders, while Cedric Reedhas 27 and a team-best 3.0 for loss.


Kansas State will make itsfirst conference call of the 2013 season when the Wildcats travel to Texas onSaturday. K-State, ranked third all-time with an 84-54 record in Big 12 play,is 8-8 overall in Big 12 openers since the conference's formation in 1996 andwill be out to win its sixth in the last seven seasons. The Wildcats have wonfour straight Big 12 openers after defeating Iowa State in 2009 and 2010, No.15 Baylor in 2011 and No. 5 Oklahoma last year. The Wildcats, 8-6 in Big 12openers under head coach Bill Snyder, will open Big 12 play away from BillSnyder Family Stadium for the 14th time.


Kansas State leads theall-time series with Texas, 8-5, and is currently riding a five-game winningstreak in the series. Since the inception of the Big 12 in 1996, K-State is 7-2against the Longhorns and is 3-1 in games played in Austin. Head coach Bill Snyderis 5-2 against Texas. The Wildcats have enjoyed some recent success in theseries with the Longhorns. In 2006, K-State knocked off the No. 4 Longhorns,45-42, in Manhattan before handing the No. 7 Horns a 41-21 loss in Austin in2007. K-State defeated UT, 39-14, in 2010, 17-13 in Austin in 2011 and won,42-24, in last season's Big 12 title-clinching game.


Oneof the longest-tenured active coaches in the nation, Bill Snyder is approachingvictory No. 175 of his career. After guiding K-State from 1989 to 2005, andagain over the last four seasons, the 2012 Bobby Dodd National Coach of theYear has accumulated the fourth-most victories at FBS-only schools among allactive coaches. Snyder, who ranks 50th all-time in victories at four-yearinstitutions, can become the 46th coach ever to reach the 175-win plateau butjust the 11th ever to do so at only one school.

Kansas State has had success coming off bowl seasons, most notably underhead coach Bill Snyder. The Wildcats had played in 15 bowl games in programhistory prior to last year, and Kansas State has followed a bowl season withanother postseason berth on 12 occasions, each coming under Snyder. The onlythree times K-State had a losing season following a bowl trip occurred in 1983(3-8) after the 1982 Independence Bowl, in 2004 after the Fiesta Bowl (4-7) andin 2007 (5-7) after the 2006 Texas Bowl. K-State will be looking to make itsfourth-straight bowl for the first time since the end of an 11-year bowlstretch in 2003.

Fast starts have propelled the Wildcats to winning seasons under BillSnyder. Since 1992 under Snyder, K-State is a combined 57-5 (.919) in gamesplayed during the month of September. Of the five losses, three came on theroad, as the Cats are 44-2 in September home games during that stretch.

Kansas State extended one of the nation's longest scoring streaks last weekas the Wildcats have now tallied points in 206 consecutive games. The 206-gamestretch is the eighth-longest in the nation and the second-longest in the Big12. The Wildcats have not been kept off the scoreboard since Colorado shut outK-State, 12-0, on Nov. 16, 1996. The streak includes 133 conference games, 74true road games and 18 neutral-site contests.

Scoring first has been a big sign of good things to come for the Wildcats.Since 1990, K-State's record when scoring first is very impressive as theWildcats have gone 141-26 (.844) when drawing first blood. Last season, K-Statewas a perfect 6-0 when scoring the game's first points and is 2-0 so far in2013.

There is no better indicator of a Wildcat victory than when K-State leadsor is tied at the half. Since 1990, the Cats have protected a halftime lead in161 of its last 166 (.971) games when leading at the half. Last season, KansasState went 10-0 when leading at the half and is 2-0 this season.

Kansas State has been on the positive side of the ledger in terms of time ofpossession over the last two seasons, ranking fourth (33:56) and 17th (32:03)nationally in 2011 and 2012, respectively. K-State, which has ranked in the toptwo of the Big 12 in each of the last two seasons, is 19-4 dating back to 2011when controlling the clock and possessing the ball more than its opponent.Ironically, the Cats are 2-1 this season and have controlled the clock in justone of those games (Louisiana).

K-State was one of the best in the country last season in converting onthird downs as the Wildcats ranked second in the Big 12 and seventh nationallyby moving the sticks 50-percent (80-of-160) of the time on third down. KansasState, which improved its conversion percentage by 8-percent from the 2011season, was able to spread the ball out when it counted most as 11 differentplayers converted on third down in 2012. After converting on just 2-of-10 thirddowns against North Dakota State, K-State has converted on 15-of-25 third-downchances in its last two games.

Not only has Kansas State been able to possess the ball and sustain longdrives over the course of the last two seasons, but the offense has managed tomake the most of those opportunities once it has reached the red zone. OfK-State's last 139 trips inside its opponent's 20-yard line dating back to2011, the Wildcats have scored on 125 of those trips, with 94 of those beingtouchdowns. Over the course of the last 25 regular season games, the Wildcatsare 114-of-125 in the red zone with 89 touchdowns. Additionally, the Cats are73-for-90 in red zone chances with 55 touchdowns in their last 16 wins datingback to 2011 with four of those non-scoring trips coming via a kneel down inthe final minute of a game.

When the Wildcat defense picks off two or more passes, K-State usuallycomes out with a victory. Over the last 26 contests that the Wildcats haverecorded two or more interceptions, Kansas State is 21-5, including a 5-1record over the last two seasons. The Wildcats tied for second in the Big 12and 12th nationally with 18 interceptions last season, the second-straightseason K-State picked off 18 passes. Ty Zimmerman, who had five interceptionslast year, now has 11 interceptions to tie for sixth in school history andneeds four more to tie the school record. Kip Daily picked off two passes inthe Cats' win over UMass.

In the Wildcats' season opener against North Dakota State, the K-Statedefense managed to make 10 stops behind the line of scrimmage - which includedthree sacks - for the first time since the 2012 KU game and the first time in aseason opener since the 2010 debut. The Wildcats added four more againstLouisiana and seven against UMass as Ryan Mueller (4.5), Travis Britz (3.0) andBlake Slaughter (3.0) have combined for 10.5 of the 21 stops.

A big part of K-State's success over the past two seasons has beenattributed to the discipline and fundamentals that head coach Bill Snyder andhis coaching staff have instilled in the program. During last year's Big 12Championship season, K-State led the Big 12 and ranked third in the nation inturnover margin (+19), ranked second in the league and fourth nationally infewest penalties (49 total) and also ranked second in the conference in time ofpossession (32:03). The Wildcats made the most of the turnovers forced lastseason, converting them into a nation-leading 142 points. So far in 2013, theCats again lead the league in fewest penalty yards per game.

K-State has ranked among the nation's best on special teams under BillSnyder, especially as it relates to kickoff returns. In fact, followingTramaine Thompson's 94-yard dash against Louisiana the Wildcats have returned akick for a score at least once in each of the last nine seasons, whichcurrently ranks as the longest streak in the nation. Louisiana Tech has done soin each of the last seven years, while Auburn and Central Florida currentlyhave streaks of six straight seasons.

The rise of K-State football over the last three decades has much to dowith the emphasis on special teams. Since 1990, Kansas State is 49-15 whenscoring on special teams and 19-1 when scoring on special teams and on defense,including a 17-0 mark under Bill Snyder. And, in non-offensive touchdowns, theCats are the nation's best over the past 14 seasons. Since 1999, the Wildcatsrank first nationally in non-offensive touchdowns with 90. K-State had sixnon-offensive touchdowns last season. Tyler Lockett led the way with a pair of kickoff-returnscores (vs. North Texas and Oklahoma State), while Tramaine Thompson returned apunt for a score against Missouri State, Jarell Childs returned a fumble for atouchdown at Oklahoma, and Arthur Brown (Texas Tech) and Allen Chapman(Oklahoma State) returned an interception for scores. In 2013, the Wildcatshave recorded three with Thompson's kick return (Louisiana) and interceptionreturns from Ty Zimmerman (Louisiana) and Kip Daily (UMass).

Few teams in college football have taken care of their home field as wellas the Wildcats since the start of the 1990 season. Over the past 23 years,K-State is an amazing 126-28-1 (.814) when playing at Bill Snyder FamilyStadium, including a 66-4 (.941) record in non-conference games and a 62-24-1(.718) mark in league games (combined Big 8/12). The Wildcats have gone 24-5 athome since Snyder's return in 2009, including a 15-2 mark over the lasttwo-plus seasons.

A new tradition was born when head coach Bill Snyder returned for hissecond tenure roaming the sidelines for the Wildcats as the K-State FamilyReunion game was introduced for the 2009 season opener. The contest againstUMass was a huge success as it was the largest crowd in school history for ahome opener at the time with 50,750 fans pouring into Bill Snyder FamilyStadium. Fans also came out in droves the last four seasons, including thisyear's season opener with North Dakota State which drew a season-opening recordcrowd of 53,351. That mark was also good enough for the second-largest mark toever watch a Wildcat game in Manhattan. With a record 43,000-plus seasontickets sold for this season, and three crowds so far of 53,000-plus, K-Stateis on track to set new school records for number of sellouts and totalattendance for a season. Dating back to last season, K-State is riding a streakof eight consecutive sellouts.

Following the 2013 spring game, head coach Bill Snyder named five captainsfor the 2013 season as B.J. Finney, Tyler Lockett, Blake Slaughter, Tre Walkerand Ty Zimmerman earned the nod. Finney is a two-time captain and was theyoungest offensive player and first non-senior offensive lineman captain since2002 when he was elected last year. Walker and Zimmerman are also in theirsecond years, while Lockett and Slaughter are serving as captains for the firsttime in their careers.

Quarterback Jake Waters entered 2013 known for his throwing abilities andhe has not disappointed through the first three games. The community-collegetransfer from Iowa Western has been on point to start the season as he hastotaled 673 passing yards, the most by a Wildcat in the first three games of aseason since Josh Freeman in 2008 (833), while it is the most under head coachBill Snyder. The closest was Chad May with 638 yards in 1993 (New Mexico State,Western Kentucky, Minnesota).

Sophomore quarterback Daniel Sams dazzled last season in the running gameas he rushed for 235 yards - the most ever by a freshman quarterback in schoolhistory - and had three touchdowns. It has been more of the same in 2013 as heis second on the team with 157 rushing yards and paces the Wildcats with threerushing touchdowns. Sams enters Big 12 play off a career-best performanceagainst UMass when he rushed for 77 yards on 11 carries, which included aone-yard sneak on 4th and Goal.

Following two years of 900-plus yard rushing seasons, senior John Hubertjoined an exclusive club against Louisiana as he eclipsed the 2,000-yardrushing barrier, the ninth player in school history to reach the milestone.Hubert, who is at 2,142 career rushing yards, needs 41 yards to pass IsaacJackson (1971-73) for eighth place in school history, 69 to pass J.J. Smith(1991-94) for seventh and 124 to pass Mike Lawrence (1994-97) for sixth.Additionally, Hubert carded his eighth career 100-yard game last week againstUMass to move into a tie for seventh in school history.

Not only has John Hubert put up big numbers in terms of yards, but theWaco, Texas, product has also scored rushing touchdowns on a consistent basis.Hubert , who has 20 in his career, needs two more to tie J.J. Smith (1991-94)for 10th all-time at K-State and three to tie Michael Bishop (1997-98) and MackHerron (1968-69) for eighth.

When senior Tramaine Thompson returned the second-half opening kickoff 94yards for a touchdown against Louisiana, the wide receiver became just thethird player in school history to score touchdowns via a rush, reception, puntreturn and kickoff return. Thompson, who has six touchdown receptions, returneda punt 89 yards in last year's season opener against Missouri State. Hisrushing touchdown occurred by happenstance as he recovered a fumble in the endzone in the first overtime against Texas A&M in 2011. With that beingchalked up as a rushing score, Thompson's kickoff-return score allowed him tojoin Mack Herron (1968-69) and Yamon Figurs (2004-06) in the exclusivecategory. For his efforts, Thompson was named the Big 12 Special Teams Playerof the Week and earned a spot on the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll.

Junior center B.J. Finney is the true testament that hard work pays off. Aformer walk-on from Andale, Kan., Finney impressed during his redshirt seasonof 2010 and has started every game over the last two-plus seasons, includingthe last 28 games at center. Finney, who anchors an offensive line that boasts88 combined career starts, is a preseason candidate for the Rimington andOutland trophies as well as the Lombardi Award.

Tyler Lockett may have taken teams by surprise as a freshman in kickoffreturns by tallying a 35.2-yard average with two touchdowns, but the speedsterhas continued to excel in that specialty as he remains first nationally incareer kickoff-return average among active players and currently sits atop theBig 12 record book. He ranks over a yard better than every other play nationally,while he is currently 4.4 yards better than the player second on the all-timeBig 12 list, former Wildcat Brandon Banks. Lockett, whose four returntouchdowns are one shy of the school career record held by Banks, has two ofthe four 100-yard returns in school history as he had one at Texas Tech in 2011before taking one the distance last season against Oklahoma State.

Aside from his kick-return abilities, Tyler Lockett has also turned intoone of the best threats at wide receiver in the Big 12. The Tulsa, Okla.,carded 113 yards in week one against North Dakota State and came back with 111more against Louisiana to become the first Wildcat with consecutive 100-yardgames since Aubrey Quarles in 2010. In addition, Lockett's performance to beginthe year has put him at 1,165 career receiving yards to become the 27th playerin school history to reach the 1,000-yard plateau. Lockett is now on a listthat includes his father Kevin (1st; 3,032) and his uncle Aaron (4th; 2,400).

Glenn Gronkowski, who redshirted during the Wildcats' Big 12 Championshiprun last season, has been solid during his first three games of 2013. Theyoungest of the famed football family that includes New England Patriot tight endRob Gronkowski, Glenn scored his first-career touchdown last week against UMasswhen he hauled in a 50-yard touchdown pass from Jake Waters.

Used as a pass-rush specialist each of the last two seasons, juniordefensive end Ryan Mueller has made his first three career starts count. TheLeawood, Kan., product ranks fifth on the team with 17 tackles, including 4.5that have gone for 19 yards of loss and two sacks. Mueller, who had three TFLsin week one and a 10-yard sack against Louisiana, ranks fifth in the Big 12 inTFLs. Throughout his career, Mueller has consistently been around the ball ashe came into the season with seven passes defended and three fumble recoveries.

Senior All-American safety Ty Zimmerman picked off his 11th career passagainst Louisiana and returned it 32 yards for his first-career touchdown. Acandidate for four major awards and a Preseason All-Big 12 selection,Zimmerman's 11 picks are tied for sixth in school history, while he now has 178interception return yards rank fourth. Zimmerman, who has 39 career starts torank fifth nationally among active players, also reached another milestone lastweek as he became the 51st player in school history with 200 tackles.

Linebacker Blake Slaughter, who was a four-game starter in 2010, is backthis season after electing to redshirt the 2012 campaign while playing behindAll-American Arthur Brown. Slaughter used the year off to improve and hasstarted the 2013 season on fire totaling a team-leading 27 tackles - thefourth-most in the Big 12 - to go along with a pair of sacks. His season totalwas given a boost last week when he had 10 tackles, his third careerdouble-digit tackle game.

Junior Jonathan Truman made his mark last year on special teams by leadingthe Wildcats with nine tackles on kickoffs and three on punts. The formerwalk-on from Kechi, Kan., earned a starting nod at linebacker in 2013 and hasperformed well as he is second on the team with 25 tackles, including 1.5tackles for loss.

Punter Mark Krause has been outstanding during his first year as thefull-time punter as he holds a 42.7-yard average while dropping four puntsinside the 20-yard line. He put together a career-best 47.5-yard averageagainst Louisianan, which included a career long 50-yard punt.

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