MANHATTAN, Kan. (K-State Athletics) CATS HOST COWBOYS ON HOMECOMING IN MANHATTAN
Kansas State returns to Manhattan on Saturday looking to snap a three-game losing skid as the Wildcats host Oklahoma State in the annual observance of Homecoming. The game will kick at 11 a.m., at Bill Snyder Family Stadium and will be shown nationally on ESPNU with Kevin Brown (play-by-play) and Andre Ware (analyst) on the call. The game can be heard across the 39-station K-State Sports Network with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play), former K-State quarterback Stan Weber (analyst) and Matt Walters (sidelines) calling the action. The game will also be on Sirius channel 119, XM Channel 199 in addition to the TuneIn app. Live stats are available at k-statesports.com, and Twitter updates (@KStateFB) will also be a part of the coverage.
A LOOK AT K-STATE
• K-State fell to 2-4 on the year following a 37-34 heartbreaker at Baylor in a game that saw the Wildcat offense rush for a season-best 319 yards.
• K-State has played both Skylar Thompson and Alex Delton this season, with Thompson earning starts in five. Thompson played the entirety of last week’s game at Baylor, throwing for 149 yards and a score and running for one.
• The running game is solidified by the Wildcats’ leading rusher a year ago, Alex Barnes, who is third in the Big 12 at 101.2 yards per game. He ran for a career-best 250 yards at Baylor, the fifth-most in a game in school history, while recording three touchdowns on the day.
• Wide receiver Isaiah Zuber has tallied his first two career 100-yard receiving games this year, going for 144 yards against UTSA and 133 at West Virginia. He also caught the game-winning touchdown pass late in the game against South Dakota and returned a punt 85 yards for a score against the Coyotes.
• Defensively, K-State recorded four sacks, eight tackles for loss and two interceptions on the day in last week’s loss to Baylor.
• K-State has held three of its last four opponents without a rushing score.
• Senior safety Eli Walker (41) and junior linebacker Da’Quan Patton (37) lead the team with 78 combined tackles, while Reggie Walker has a team-best 4.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss.
• Eli Walker, who has 31 tackles over the last three games, is 19th nationally in solo tackles per game (5.8), while Reggie Walker is second in the Big 12 in sacks.
• Senior defensive back Duke Shelley is fifth on the team with 27 tackles and has nine passes defended, the latter tying for third in the Big 12 and 14th nationally.
A LOOK AT OKLAHOMA STATE
• Oklahoma State heads into the game with a 4-2 overall record following a 48-42 loss to Iowa State at home.
• The Cowboys are averaging 44.0 points per game through six games and 523.3 yards of total offense with 309.8 of those coming through the air.
• Quarterback Taylor Cornelius has thrown for 1,830 yards and 16 touchdowns with Tylan Wallace and Tyron Johnson combining for 52 catches and seven touchdowns. Justice Hill is second in the Big 12 in rushing, averaging 107.2 yards per game with seven scores.
• On defense, the Cowboys are led by Justin Phillips’ 42 tackles and Jordan Brailford’s 9.0 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss.
A LOOK AT THE SERIES
• Oklahoma State leads the all-time series, 25-39, but the series is tied, 7-7, since the Big 12 began in 1996.
• Games between the Wildcats and Cowboys have been hotly contested as of late with eight of the last 11 games being decided by a touchdown or less.
• The Wildcats earned a 45-40 win over the 10th-ranked Cowboys in Stillwater last season, the first win at OSU since 1999.
• In that game, Skylar Thompson threw for 204 yards and three touchdowns, while he ran for another.
• The last time in Manhattan, Oklahoma State earned a 43-37 victory in 2016. The Wildcats held a 37-28 lead midway through the fourth quarter, but the Cowboys scored 15 unanswered points, including a touchdown and a two-point conversion with under two minutes left.