A New Year, New Challenge

So for K-State fans, beating Texas has almost become, well, a tradition - almost.
It has been exactly 9 years, 11 months and 17 days - nearly a decade - since the Longhorns beat the Wildcats, and since then, K-State has won matches between the two teams five straight times.
But head coach Bill Snyder doesn't think about past performances when he sees "Texas" written on his calendar.
"Last year was last year, and the dynamics are so different every year. What you did in the past has no bearing on the future; it's still a game at a time, a snap at a time," Snyder said. "We have to be careful and do not get caught off on who you are playing. Instead, we need to focus on ourselves. We continue to try to improve and address correcting the mistakes that we have made."
Like Snyder, his players haven't been looking at the five W's in a row going into this game. Their focus each and every week is on one game at a time, especially when that game is opening Big 12 Conference play on the road in one of the Big 12's toughest environments.
"Texas is a tough place to play," junior offensive linesman B.J. Finney said. "Obviously, two years ago we went down there and did not have the best showing. Texas, though, they play hard. They are a good football team. They have great athletes and their crowd gets into the game, so that makes it especially difficult to play."
The Longhorns are 1-2 this season after dropping games at BYU and against Ole Miss at home. Despite the two losses, Snyder said he believes Texas will show vast improvement in tonight's game, and the Wildcat defense will have to keep up with an extremely fast, up-tempo Longhorn offense.
Though every week the team zones in solely on its upcoming opponent, senior defensive back and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week Kip Daily said he is ready for conference play to begin.
"I've been going on with the same attitude every week," Daily said. "I feel like every week is an important week. Especially going into conference now, we have to up our game. We are playing for keeps now. It doesn't really matter who we play, it just matters how we play."
While the past is the past, and K-State brings a whole new team to the field this season, K-State fans can and will still look back over the past decade and see five W's over the Longhorns. It is an exciting game every season, and tonight at 7 p.m. in Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium (aired on ABC) that excitement will be in the air once again.
So, while we wait for kickoff tonight, here are K-State's last five wins broken down season by season:
Nov. 11, 2006 - Won 45-42
  • Location: Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, Kan.
  • Temperature: 38 degrees and partly cloudy
  • Total game time: 3 hours and 29 minutes
  • Quarterback stats: Josh Freeman, current Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB, was 19-of-31 for 269 yards, had three touchdowns and one interception.
  • Fun Fact:  Former Texas running back and current Kansas City Chief star Jamaal Charles started for the Longhorns this game; he led the team in rushing with a game-high 87 yards.
  • Final Season record: 7-6, 4-4 Big 12
September 29, 2007 - Won 41-21
  • Location: Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas
  • Temperature: 90 degrees with 49% humidity and partly cloudy
  • Total game time: 3 hours and 29 minutes
  • Quarterback Stats: Josh Freeman went 22-for-38 for 177 yards and one touchdown.
  • Fun Fact: Jordy Nelson, current wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers, recorded 116 receiving yards and returned a punt for an 89-yard touchdown.
  • Final Season Record: 5-7, 3-5 Big 12
November 6, 2010 - Won 39-14
  • Location: Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, Kan.
  • Temperature: 62 degrees and sunny
  • Total game time: 3 hours 22 minutes
  • Quarterback Stats: Collin Klein was 2-of-4 for 9 yards and rushed 151 yards for two touchdowns.
  • Fun Fact: It was Collin Klein's first career K-State start and current senior safety Ty Zimmerman recorded two interceptions - the first of his K-State career. Additionally, K-State attempted just four passes in the game.
  • Final Season record: 7-6, 3-5 Big 12
November 19, 2011 - Won 17-13
  • Location: Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas
  • Temperature: 77 degrees and cloudy
  • Total Game time: 3 hours and 6 minutes
  • Quarterback stats: Collin Klein went 9-for-13 with 93 yards and one touchdown while rushing 43 yards and one touchdown.
  • Fun Fact: That night's attendance for Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium was an all-time high 100,705 fans.
  • Final Season Record: 10-3, 7-2 Big 12
December 1, 2012 - Won 42-24
  • Location: Bill Snyder Family Stadium Manhattan, Kan.
  • Temperature: 57 degrees
  • Total game time: 3 hours and 15 minutes
  • Quarterback Stats: Collin Klein went 8-of-14 for 184 yards and one touchdown, rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns and had one interception.
  • Fun Fact: It was Senior Night, and in front of 50,000 plus fans, last year's win over Texas secured the Wildcats as 2012 Big 12 Champions.
  • Final Season Record: 11-2, 8-1 Big 12
Overall, since Nov. 11, 2006, K-State has outscored Texas 184-114 and the average game time between the two teams is 3 hours and 20 minutes. In the past two decades, K-State has never lost to Texas in the month of September and all-time, K-State leads the series 8-5, including a 7-2 mark in Big 12 play.

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