K-State football prepares for regular-season finale at TCU

Kansas State running back Alex Barnes (34) dives into the end zone over Kansas linebacker Mike Lee (11) to score a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas State running back Alex Barnes (34) dives into the end zone over Kansas linebacker Mike Lee (11) to score a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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CATS WRAP UP REGULAR SEASON AT TCU
On the heels of its eighth-straight win over in-state rival Kansas – a game in which Hall of Fame head coach Bill Snyder picked up his 200th career win – K-State wraps up the 2016 regular season on the road when it travels to TCU on Saturday. The contest will kick off 11 a.m., and be televised to a national audience on FS1 with Aaron Goldsmith (play-by-play) and Ben Leber (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 924 rushing yards and 14 TDs on the ground in the last three games and has averaged 281 yards per game rushing over its last five contests with 19 rushing TDs.
• The Cats have recorded five-straight league games with 200 or more rushing yards, their longest streak since 2003.
• Due to its stout rushing attack, K-State has had 33 of its 54 scoring drives this season span seven plays or longer, including 16 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 70.5 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 and has recorded two straight 100-yard games with 129 yards at Baylor and 103 against Kansas.
• K-State continues to highly on defense, leading the Big 12 and ranking 10th nationally in rushing defense (109.9 ypg), while also leading the league in total defense (391.5 ypg).
• Junior Elijah Lee leads the team and ranks third in the Big 12 with 90 tackles. Jordan Willis is tops in the league in sacks (10.5) and second in TFLs (15.0), while D.J Reed has a Big 12-best 18 passes defended.

A LOOK AT TCU
• TCU is coming off a big 31-9 win at Texas in which it became bowl eligible.
• Running back Kyle Hicks leads the Horned Frogs in both rushing and receiving with 894 yards and 12 scores on the ground and 40 catches for 394 yards and two more TDs.
• Defensively, Travin Howard and Ty Summers rank first and second in the Big 12 with 119 and 105 tackles, respectively, while Josh Carraway leads the squad in sacks with 8.0.

A LOOK AT THE SERIES
• TCU leads the all-time series, 5-4, and has won the past two meetings.
• Kansas State won the first two matchups (2012, 2013) when TCU joined the Big 12.
• K-State is 1-3 all-time in Fort Worth with the lone win coming in 2012, a 23-10 triumph that propelled the Cats to a No. 1 BCS ranking the following week.

BIG 12 FINISH
• K-State is guaranteed at least a share of fourth place in the final Big 12 standings and can secure sole possession of fourth with a win this weekend.
• The Wildcats were picked to finish eighth in the preseason poll and have finished fifth or better in the Big 12 in five of the six years since the round robin schedule was created in 2011.

THE 200 CLUB
• With K-State’s 34-19 win over Kansas last Saturday, head coach Bill Snyder became the 26th FBS coach all-time with 200 career victories, including the second this year (Nick Saban).
• However, Snyder is just the sixth coach to reach the 200-win mark and coach at only one school in his career.

THE CENTURY MARK
• Earlier this year, K-State became the third Big 12 program to reach 100 league wins since the conference began in 1996. The Cats, who have 104 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 181 victories, which ranks 19th in the nation.
• Among current Big 12 teams, only Oklahoma (5th; 205), Texas (13th; 196) and TCU (15th; 185) rank higher.

SNYDER IN ELITE COMPANY
• Head coach Bill Snyder currently has 200 career victories, 161 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.
• Snyder, who has 117 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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