K-State hopes to ride momentum in Saturday’s Big 12 opener

Courtesy: K-State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Following a rain-shortened shutout win against Missouri State last weekend, K-State will hit the road and begin Big 12 Conference play on Saturday as the Wildcats face West Virginia at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Saturday’s game, which kicks off at 2:30 p.m. (CT), will be televised nationally on ESPNU with Clay Matvik and Dusty Dvoracek calling the action. The contest can also be heard across the K-State Sports Network with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play), former K-State quarterback Stan Weber (analyst) and Matt Walters (sidelines) on the call, as well as Sirius channel 136, XM channel 199. Live stats are available at k-statesports.com, while Twitter updates via @ kstate_gameday and @KStateFB will all be a part of the coverage.

• Guided by 2015 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Bill Snyder, who is in the midst of his 25th season at the helm of the Wildcats, K-State is looking to build upon a shutout win over Missouri State as it opens Big 12 play.
• K-State leads the nation in total defense (179.0 ypg) and has held each of its first three opponents under 275 total yards while yielding just 33 points. The last time K-State held its first three opponents under 300 total yards was in 2007, while the last time a Snyder-led team accomplished the feat was 1998.
• Twelve players on defense have recorded five or more tackles, led by Elijah Lee’s 19 and Duke Shelley’s 12.
• K-State has held each of its first three opponents to an average of 72.3 yards a game on the ground.
• K-State entered the locker room with a 35-0 lead over Missouri State, a week after leading FAU 42-0 at the break. It marked the first time since 2002 the Wildcats tallied at least 35 first-half points in consecutive weeks.
• K-State is a perfect 16-of-16 in red zone scores so far this season, and, dating back to last year, the Wildcats have been perfect on its last 41 red-zone attempts, 31 of which resulted in touchdowns.

• West Virginia currently boasts one of the top offenses in the Big 12.
• Justin Crawford and Rushel Shell III have combined to rush for 436 yards and four touchdowns through three games.
• Quarterback Skyler Howard has thrown for 974 yards and six TDs on 74-of-108 aim.
• On the receiving end, three players have recorded 10 or more catches led by Daikiel Shorts’ 19 grabs for 246 yards and two scores.

• Saturday’s contest marks the seventh meeting all-time between the Wildcats and Mountaineers with K-State holding a 5-1 advantage.
• It is the fifth Big 12 contest between the two schools as the Cats have won all four meetings, including two in Morgantown.

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