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November 2013 Archives

Rivalry Week

November 30, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

There's just something in the air on KU week.

The Ultimate Student-Athlete Career

November 29, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

There's no doubt Saturday evening in Ahearn Field House will be an emotional evening for Kaitlynn Pelger.

Thankful for Mr. Snyder

November 28, 2013
By Mark Janssen

On this Turkey Day in the Wildcat Nation the list could go on, and on, and on, and on with what K-Staters are thankful for. But for most, the name Bill Snyder would be among the top three, or two ... or one ... on your Thanksgiving Bucket List.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - November 27

Happy Thanksgiving to the Wildcat Nation!

With so much of our everyday routine consumed by work, sporting events, etc., it's easy to take for granted the real meaningful and priceless things in life - I am thankful for my wonderful wife, Mary Lawrence, our three terrific children, and the opportunity that we have to raise our family here in Manhattan, Kan.  We are glad to have my mom in town for the holiday and looking forward to being off the road for a couple days before we head over to Lawrence on Saturday morning.

Here at K-State we have a lot to be thankful for - a vibrant university with a dynamic president located in one of America's classic college towns; a community that supports its university like no other place in the country; 153 departmental employees all pulling in the same direction towards a common goal of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program; collectively, the best group of head coaches in the country; and last but not least, a group of student-athletes who represent Kansas State University so well and bring the energy and passion with them each day to be the best they can on the playing field, in the classroom and in life.

This past Saturday's game against Oklahoma, our 13th straight football sell-out, capped a historic season as the K-State nation set a new single-season total attendance record of 423,095 and a new average attendance record of 52,887. Even though we came up just a bit short on the scoreboard there was a huge victory in Bill Snyder Family Stadium that I want to tell you about.

Thanksgiving on the Road for K-State Women's basketball

November 27, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

K-State women's basketball will be celebrating Thanksgiving a little differently this year.

Wildcat Records (Most Likely) Never to be Broken

November 26, 2013
By Mark Janssen 
Just when you thought Tyler Lockett's receiving record of 237 yards against Texas earlier this fall would never be duplicated, see what the Wildcats' No. 16 did against the Oklahoma Sooners. 

NFL Spotlight: Arthur Brown

November 25, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

Arthur Brown, former K-State All-American and All-Big 12 performer, has been enjoying life in the NFL.

2003 Big 12 Champions Reunite After a Decade Apart

November 24, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

For the first time in a decade, the 2003 Big 12 Champions were back together in Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

The 30-plus former Wildcat football players who were able to make the trip back to Manhattan for the reunion were introduced on the field after the first quarter of yesterday's K-State football game.

"It's cool being back. Any time I come Manhattan, and especially when I come around here, I get this nostalgic feeling," All-Big 12 offensive linesman Ryan Lilja said. "My wife went to school here too, so it's great to be back. It's great to come here and see a bunch of guys I haven't seen in 10 years."

It was a magical season. The 2003 Wildcat football team went 11-4 (6-2 Big 12) and secured the program's first Big 12 Conference Championship since 1934 with a 35-7 Big 12 Conference Championship game win over the then No. 1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners. 

"I feel old," All-American linebacker Josh Buhl laughed, "but besides that, it's a great thing to be honored and come back for a game. It's good to see everyone, reunite, a lot of these guys I haven't seen in almost 10 years. It brings back memories of just our camaraderie as a team; the fun that came with the championship that we won."

For All-American Nick Leckey, seeing his former teammates makes him remember just how great his 2003 team really was. 

"You share so much with these guys, but when you're young you don't take advantage or think too much about it," Leckey explained. "But the further you get away from it, the more the memories just kind of come to life. It's an experience like no other - you spend so much time with these guys at such a young age, such an impressionable age, that it's just cool seeing them again. When you get older you realize, man, these guys are awesome. It feels like that environment again, you kind of get back into your old habits and routines when you see people. It's really cool."

One of the greatest seasons in Wildcat history, the 2003 K-State football team was led on the offense by quarterback Ell Roberson and running back Darren Sproles.

While neither Sproles nor Roberson were able to make the reunion, Sproles sent a special message to his Wildcat family over the video board at yesterday's game. The current New Orleans Saints star running back talked about that season and how special his teammates were to him those years.

For many, the reunion was the first time they had the opportunity to check out Bill Snyder Family Stadium's newest addition: the West Stadium Center.

"I am so impressed. I saw pictures on Twitter and I saw one picture where it was the old press box and then the new, and I was amazed," Leckey said. "It's beautiful and John Currie, his staff and everyone, all the donors who were apart of it, really did a tremendous job, it's great."

While yesterday wasn't Lilja's first time in the West Stadium Center, he said it has been exciting this season to check out just how far the program has come in the past 10 years.

"It was unreal, and I've been to a lot of football games," Lilja said. "My wife has been to a lot of stadiums too, NFL stadiums, and she was like 'This is better than anywhere.'"

After his years with K-State, Lilja went on to play five seasons with the Indianapolis Colts (2004-09) where he helped pave way for the Colts' 2007 Super Bowl XLI win, before playing two seasons (2010-12) with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The 2003 football team marked a special era for K-State Football, and though a decade has gone by, these former Wildcats will never be forgotten in the hearts of so many K-State fans.


Despite a 41-31 home loss yesterday to the Oklahoma Sooners, junior wide receiver Tyler Lockett tore through the K-State football record books. 

His 278 receiving yards broke the single-game record, which he set earlier this season against Texas after recording 237 yards. He is now tied with former wide receiver Jordy Nelson (2007) as the only Wildcat to record two 200-plus receiving yards games in their career.

Along with his exceptional receiving game, Lockett totaled 162 yards on kickoff returns, putting him at a record breaking 440 all-purpose yards. Lockett's 440 all-purpose yards pushed him ahead of Darren Sproles, who recorded 351 total yards vs. Louisiana Lafayette in 2004.

Lockett now has 1,760 kickoff return yards - breaking another school record - and his three receiving touchdowns tied for the single game record.


2013 Senior Class is One to Remember

November 23, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

Saying goodbye is never easy.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - November 22

Wildcat Nation,

As we move full-speed ahead through this exciting fall semester, I want to thank our fans for their terrific and record-breaking support this fall.

With tomorrow's 11 a.m. game against No. 18 Oklahoma on the horizon -- Senior Day for 27 of our student-athletes -- Wildcat Nation will make history as we will mark not only the 13th consecutive sellout of Bill Snyder Family Stadium dating back to last season, but we will also establish new total and average attendance records for an entire season! The previous total attendance record was 384,654 set in 2002, while the 1999 campaign held the previous record for average attendance at 51,136. With more than 52,000 tickets sold for each contest this season, we will eclipse the 400,000 mark for the first time ever -- thank you!

And one last note on our 27 seniors who will be recognized prior to tomorrow's game - this class will be the first since the 2003 season to qualify for four straight bowl games. We appreciate the hard work, dedication and leadership these student-athletes have provided during their time at K-State!

Kaiden Strong

November 22, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

Kaiden Schroeder will tell you there are two types of strong.

November 22, 1963: An Emotional Day for the Wildcats, and the Nation

November 21, 2013
By Mark Janssen

It was a Friday ... November 22 ... like tomorrow will be.

K-State Basketball Set for Puerto Rico Tip Off

November 20, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

K-State men's basketball (2-1) took off from Manhattan, Kan., for the beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Monday afternoon and is ready compete in the Puerto Rico Tipoff.

Dickey Defeated Sooners Not Once, But Twice

November 19, 2013 
By Mark Janssen 
Mention Kansas State versus Oklahoma in football and most fans remember, or at least heard of, the Homecoming on Oct. 25, 1969, at KSU Stadium. 

A Day in the life of the K-State Marching Band

November 18, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

If you think you know the K-State Marching band, think again.

Wildcats Withstand Late Season Test

November 17, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

No Place Like Home

November 16, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

TCU head coach Gary Patterson is no stranger to K-State, and when he crosses the state line into Kansas - he's home.

Cats in the Classroom

November 15, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

When K-State student-athletes visited elementary schools across Manhattan this week, children were shown these competitors are just as serious about the classroom as they are on the court.

Copper Bowl Wildcats of 1993 Expected to Win

November 14, 2013
By Mark Janssen 
In 1993, Kansas State's football team won nine games and earned an invitation to the Copper Bowl. 

Q&A With K-State Volleyball's Courtney Traxson

November 13, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

K-State Sports Extra will highlight a K-State student-athlete each month through the monthly Q&A Sports Extra special. This month, fans helped choose K-State volleyball senior outside hitter Courtney Traxson. 

Traxson has helped her team earn a 16-8 record (4-7 Big 12) up to this point in the season and has recorded the team's second most kills with a season total of 207.

Do you have a student athlete you'd love to get to know? Email Sports Extra's Kelly McHugh and help choose next month's interviewee!

Snyder's Top 10 'Conference' Wins ... Out of 100

November 12, 2013
By Mark Janssen

Bill Snyder is running out of milestones, but with Saturday's thrashing of Texas Tech, the Wildcat coach notched Big 8/12 Conference victory No. 100 in his 22-year career.

Thank You Veterans

November 11, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

This Veteran's Day K-State Sports Extra would like to take a moment and thank all United States Veterans for their many selfless sacrifices to our nation.

The Real Deal

November 10, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

So where do we start?

John Hubert rushing for 157 yards? Jake Waters showing poise in the pocket passing...and rushing? The offensive line playing lights-out football? Or how about Daniel Sams' athleticism and two touchdowns?

Different Coaches, Same Goals

November 9, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

In some ways, the two couldn't be more different.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - November 8

Good Afternoon K-State Nation,

It continues to be a busy time as we head into another exciting weekend with our second straight Friday night basketball doubleheader. Both squads open the regular season this weekend as Coach Patterson and our women's squad host Tennessee State at 5:45 p.m., followed by our men's team with an 8 p.m. start against Northern Colorado. The women's game can be seen live on K-StateHD.TV, while the men's game will air on FOX Sports Kansas City.

Let's get right to the updates this week...

Bring Home the Bacon
K-State students will be afforded a very unique and creative promotional opportunity prior to Friday's women's basketball game as any student who shows their K-State ID will receive five crispy pieces of bacon - cooked by new Ahearn Fund Student-Athlete Performance Table Chef Michael Moyes. The promotion, the idea of our terrific fan experience and sales staff, created a national buzz this week which included trending on Twitter, appearances on ESPN's SportsCenter and NBC's The Dan Patrick Show and stories by ESPN.com, Sporting News, USA Today, National Public Radio and The Wall Street Journal. Approximately 300 pounds of bacon will be available, and as a reminder, once a student has scanned into Bramlage, they cannot leave and be re-scanned. So make plans to be at both games, and we look forward to a terrific turnout!

K-State Men's Basketball Ready to Tip Off Season

November 8, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

The reigning 2012-13 Big 12 Champions will begin a new era of K-State basketball tonight in Bramlage Coliseum.

Hocutt Carries Snyder's Ways with Him Today

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November 7, 2013
By Mark Janssen 
It's certain that Texas Tech athletics director Kirby Hocutt has taken time to clue his first-year Red Raider football coach Kliff Kingsbury in on what to expect from a Bill Snyder-coached football team when the Red Raiders host the Wildcats on Saturday. 

Women's Basketball Looks Forward to New Season

November 6, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

Going into this season, K-State women's basketball head coach Deb Patterson didn't exactly know what to expect from her young squad.

'Kansas State West' on the Rise

November 5, 2013
By Mark Janssen 
Within the Garden City Community College football coaching staff, "We're K-State West." 

K-State Baseball Begins Fall World Series

November 4, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

K-State baseball kicked off its Fall World Series yesterday afternoon with an intra-squad game at Tointon Family Stadium.

Defense Steps Up in Win Over Iowa State

November 3, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

It's been an uphill climb for the K-State defense, and they're not slowing down any time soon.

In last night's 41-7 win over Iowa State, the Wildcats' (4-4, 2-3 Big 12) defense displayed some of the best football fans in Bill Snyder Family Stadium had seen all season.

K-State Football Displays its Red, White and Blue Side

November 2, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

The bond between Kansas State University and its next-door neighbor, Fort Riley, is unique, formed over time.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - November 1

Good Afternoon K-State Nation,

November is here, and we are ready to launch with four home contests in the next 60 hours! We'll start off a Wildcat Weekend tonight with a basketball doubleheader as Coach Patterson and our women's team, fresh off an 85-64 win over Washburn on Monday, tip off at 5:45 p.m. against Alaska-Anchorage before Coach Weber and the defending Big 12 Champs host Pittsburg State at 8 p.m.

Tomorrow's football game against Iowa State will be our 11th consecutive sellout at Bill Snyder Family Stadium and will serve as our annual Fort Riley Day. There will be a lot of exciting events tied into this year's Fort Riley Day, and maybe even a few surprises, including a joint performance of the K-State, Iowa State and Big Red One marching bands, an appearance from our own Miss Kansas 2013, and much more. Also, a reminder to fans this weekend that seating is not available (and no tickets sold) on the northeast grassy hill due to the placement of the Salute Battery for Fort Riley Day. Let's continue to show the nation, and our FOX Sports 1 national audience, the terrific atmosphere and environment we have here at K-State.

Saturday is also our annual Cats for Cans food drive, so be sure and bring canned food items, or monetary donations, and drop them off to any of our student-athletes who will be walking around the parking lots and also stationed at each of our gate entrances. The goal this year is to raise $15,000 or 6,000 pounds of donated goods to help fight hunger in the Manhattan area.

The competition weekend concludes on Sunday night at 7 p.m. as our volleyball team will host Oklahoma to make up the match that was unfortunately canceled this past Wednesday due to travel difficulties for the Sooners. Please come out Sunday to Ahearn to support the 'Cats. Remember you can bring your football or basketball ticket stubs and get a volleyball ticket for just $3.

While all these activities are taking place in MHK we want to wish the best of luck to our men's and women's cross country teams as they compete in the Big 12 Championships tomorrow morning in Waco, Texas. The men will race first at 10 a.m., followed by the women at 11 a.m. Good luck to both squads and check k-statesports.com tomorrow afternoon for race results.

K-State Athletics Top Moments | October 2013

November 1, 2013
By Kelly McHugh

The past month has been an exciting one for K-State Athletics. Here are a few moments K-State Sports Extra has highlighted as October's greatest.