Sunflower Showdown Preview: KU at K-State on Saturday morning

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Courtesy: K-State Athletics

CATS HOST KANSAS ON SENIOR DAY AS SNYDER GOES FOR WIN NO. 200
Coming off a 42-21 win at Baylor that saw Alex Barnes and Winston Dimel combine for six rushing touchdowns, K-State is back home for its final home game of 2016 when in-state rival KU visits for the 114th meeting of the Dillons Sunflower Showdown. The contest, which will be the final home game for 24 seniors, will kick off 11 a.m., and be televised to a national audience on FS1 with Brian Custer (play-by-play) and Petros Papadakis (analyst) calling the action. The contest can also be heard across the K-State Sports Network with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play), 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 (@ kstate_gameday, @KStateFB) will all be a part of the coverage.

A LOOK AT K-STATE
• Continuing to rank among the league’s best when it comes to rushing offense and run defense, K-State has carded 582 yards rushing and 10 TDs on the ground in the last two games. The last time the Cats had 10 rushing scores in consecutive games was 2011 (OSU and TAMU).
• The Cats have recorded four-straight league games with 200 or more rushing yards, their longest streak since 2003.
• Due to its stout rushing attack, K-State has had 31 of its 49 scoring drives this season span seven plays or longer, including 15 that lasted at least 10 plays.
• K-State’s rushing attack is led by quarterback Jesse Ertz, who ranks first in the Big 12 among QBs with 67.6 yards per game, including two 100-yard games.
• Redshirt freshman running back Alex Barnes set a K-State freshman record with four rushing TDs at Baylor en route to his first career 100-yard game with 129 yards.
• K-State continues to highly on defense, leading the Big 12 and ranking 13th nationally in rushing defense (110.8 ypg), while also leading the league in total defense (390.3 ypg).
• Junior Elijah Lee leads the team and ranks third in the Big 12 with 82 tackles. Jordan Willis is second in the league in sacks (9.0) and TFLs (13.5).

A LOOK AT KANSAS
• Kansas is coming off an emotional 24-21 overtime win against Texas last week.
• Carter Stanley has taken over at quarterback the last two games and thrown for 657 yards and four scores.
• Receivers Steven Sims and LaQuvionte Gonzalez have combined for 124 catches and 1,420 yards with nine TDs.
• Defensively, Dorance Armstrong leads the Big 12 in sacks (10.0) and tackles for loss (17.0) while safety Fish Smithson ranks eighth in the league with 7.5 tackles per game and four interceptions.

A LOOK AT THE SERIES
• KU leads the all-time series, 64-44-5, but K-State has won seven straight since Bill Snyder returned in 2009.
• Kansas State has won 20 of the last 24 meetings, including each of the last three in Manhattan.
• Snyder is 20-4 against KU and 11-1 in Manhattan.
• The series is one of six in the nation that have been played continuously for at least 100 years, including one of three that will be played on Nov. 26.

SUNFLOWER STATEMENT
• This week’s game has extra meaning for the 48 players on K-State’s roster from the state of Kansas (40-percent of roster). Of the 48 Kansans on the roster, 17 have made starts this season.

THE CENTURY MARK
• Earlier this year, K-State became just the third Big 12 program to reach 100 league wins since the conference began in 1996.
• The Wildcats, who have 103 Big 12 wins, are joined by Oklahoma (128) and Texas (118) in the century club.

SUSTAINABLE SUCCESS
• Kansas State is in rare company in college football as the Wildcats rank in the top 20 in wins among FBS programs over the last 21-plus seasons.
• Since 1995, K-State has picked up 180 victories, which ranks 19th in the nation.
• Among current Big 12 teams, only Oklahoma (T4th; 205), Texas (12th; 196) and TCU (15th; 184) rank higher.

300 AT ONE
• K-State’s game against Texas Tech earlier this year was the 300th game under the direction of head coach Bill Snyder.
• Snyder became just the seventh person all-time to coach 300 games on one FBS school. Among the seven, six – Joe Paterno (Penn State), Bobby Bowden (Florida State), LaVell Edwards (BYU), Chris Ault (Nevada), Tom Osborne (Nebraska) and Snyder – are in the College Football Hall of Fame.

SNYDER IN ELITE COMPANY
• Head coach Bill Snyder currently has 199 career victories, 160 more than any other coach in school history.
• Snyder ranks first in the FBS in wins among active coaches at current schools, second in total wins among active coaches overall and 26th in all-time wins.
• He is one win away from becoming the 26th coach in FBS history with 200 career wins but just the sixth to do so at one school.
• Snyder, who has 116 conference wins, is one of four coaches with 100 Big 8/12 victories (Tom Osborne [153], Bob Stoops [117], Barry Switzer [100]).

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