The expectations for the Kansas State Wildcats and the Texas Longhorns entering this week’s football game in Manhattan, Kansas are from different spectrums. The Wildcats are 5-1 and 3-0 in the Big 12 Conference play while the Longhorns are 3-4 and 2-2 in conference. The Wildcats are ranked 11 nationally in both the USA Today Coaches poll and the Associated Press college football poll and are looking for playoff positioning, while the Longhorns are looking to keep their bowl hopes alive.
The only loss this season for Kansas State was a 20-14 defeat to the defending national champions Auburn Tigers. The Wildcats are coming off a dramatic win last over the Oklahoma Sooners 31-30 on the road in Norman, Oklahoma. In that game Wildcats quarterback Jake Waters accounted for 276 yards 225 passing and 51 net rushing yards and three touchdowns (2 passing and 1 rushing) in the win.
Tyler Lockett and Curry Sexton combined for 14 catches and 163 yards, while Glenn Gronkowski added 62-yard touchdown reception for the Wildcats. The Wildcats defense continue to shine in the win over the Sooners, Danzel McDaniel returned an interception for a touchdown. The defense is ranked 10 in rushing defense only allowing 100.8 yards per game and is ranked 39th in total defense allowing only 352.0 yards per game.
The Longhorns are trying to save their season under first year coach Charlie Strong. The Longhorns are coming into this game after a 48-45 win over Iowa State Cyclones at home last week. Longhorns quarterback Tyrone Swoopes put the team on his back and drove the team to last minute win over the Cyclones. Swoopes accounted for 416 yards 321 passing and 95 rushing last week. Longhorns’ Nick Rose kicked a 21 yard field goal with 3 seconds left in the game to secure the win.
The Longhorns has lived most of this season off the performance of their defense. The Longhorns’ defense is ranked 12 nationally in pass efficiency only allowing 104.2 yards for game and are ranked 34th nationally in total defense. Dylan Haines, a former walk-on, returned an interception 74 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. An interception by Duke Thomas set up another score early in the fourth quarter.
The architect of the “greatest turnaround in the history of college football,” Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder was placed on the 2015 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation (NFF) announced this week.
A five-time National Coach of the Year honoree and seven-time conference coach of the year recipient, Snyder has compiled an amazing 183-91-1 record in his 22-plus years as the helm of the Wildcat program. He ranks 35th all-time in victories among FBS coaches and continues to climb the ladder with each win.
Kansas State leads the all-time series 8-6. The Longhorns defeated Kansas State last season 31-21 snapping a five year losing streak to the Wildcats. Kansas State is 5-1 against Texas in Manhattan and has won the last three meetings at Bill Snyder family Stadium.
The sold out game will be homecoming for Kansas State and will kick off at 11am central on Saturday October 25. The game will be televised on ESPN and can be heard on SIRIUSXM Channel 91 as well as Westwood One radio.