K-State football turns attention to Oklahoma

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Courtesy: K-State Athletics

Coming off a thrilling 44-38 win over Texas Tech in Manhattan, K-State heads back out on the road for a nationally-televised matchup with 19th-ranked Oklahoma. Saturday’s game, which kicks off at 11 a.m., will be televised nationally on ESPN with Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore and Quint Kessenich 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 SiriusXM channel 80. Live stats are available at k-statesports.com, while Twitter updates (@ kstate_gameday, @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 win for the third-straight time in Norman following wins in 2012 and 2014.
• K-State continues to play tough defense as it currently leads the Big 12 and ranks 14th nationally in total defense and has held its opponents to an average of 17.6 points and 310.2 yards per game.
• K-State had a solid second half against Texas Tech, holding the nation’s No. 1 scoring offense to just 10 total points, seven of which came in the final seconds. The Cats also held Tech to just a 3-of-9 conversion rate on third down in the second half.
• Eleven players on defense have recorded 10 or more tackles, led by Elijah Lee’s 41 stops, while Jordan Willis currently leads the league in sacks (6.0) and TFLs (7.5).
• K-State has held each of its first five opponents to an average of 80.8 yards a game on the ground.
• K-State scored in all three phases of the game in the win over Texas Tech and is now a perfect 18-0 under Bill Snyder when scoring on offense, defense and special teams.
• K-State is a perfect 26-of-26 in red zone scores so far this season, and, dating back to last year, the Wildcats have been perfect on its last 51 red-zone attempts, 35 of which resulted in touchdowns.

• Oklahoma boasts one of the most balanced offensive attacks in the Big 12 behind quarterback Baker Mayfield, running backs Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon and wide receiver Dede Westbrook.
• Perine ranks second in the Big 12 in rushing, Westbrook is second in receiving and Mayfield is second in passing efficiency.
• On defense, Jordan Evans ranks third in the Big 12 in tackles, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo is second in sacks and Jordan Thomas leads the league in passes defended.

• This weekend’s game against the Sooners is the 97th all-time meeting, as OU holds a 73-19-4 advantage.
• The two teams have split the last five meetings overall with the road team taking each of those matchups.
• Dating back to 1993, K-State has won eight of the 17 meetings with Oklahoma.

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