Going Bowling | Wildcats Head to Alamo Bowl

The game will take place on January 2, 2015, at 5:45 p.m. (CT) in San Antonio's 65,000-seat Alamodome and will be aired nationally on ESPN.
The fifth consecutive bowl game for the Wildcats, head coach Bill Snyder said he is proud to represent the Big 12 in another bowl game and is ready to see the K-State faithful paint San Antonio purple.
"We are proud of the young men in our program and very pleased to represent the Big 12 Conference in the Valero Alamo Bowl," said Snyder in a release Sunday afternoon. "Our team still has a chance to accomplish something special this season and finish the year with 10 victories. The Alamo Bowl is a first-class bowl organization and we appreciate Derrick Fox and the entire bowl staff for their efforts and support of college football."
On the opportunity to play in this year's Alamo Bowl, K-State Athletics Director John Currie said, "This is a 65,000 seat, climate-controlled venue that is going to have two very highly ranked teams, both of whom were in the national spotlight this year, and both of whom have tremendous players. I think it will be a great opportunity for us. I'm looking forward to our program representing very well and enjoying those days in Texas."
K-State is coming off another exciting season highlighted with wins on the road over No. 11 Oklahoma and West Virginia, while at home it shut out Texas, defeated Oklahoma State and, for the sixth consecutive season, kept hold of the Governor's Cup with a win over Kansas.
This year's Alamo Bowl will mark the 18th bowl game in school history and the 16th under Snyder. 
"Our team has proven itself with a lot of great victories this year," continued Currie. "We played five road games in our league, which is something that very few teams do nationally, and we handled ourselves very well.  So, I'm proud of our team and what they have accomplished, and I'm grateful to our coach for his leadership and how hard he works. I'm also grateful to our fans for 20 consecutive sellouts and an all-time average attendance record this season."
K-State and UCLA are 1-1 all-time against each other. The Bruins defeated K-State, 23-9, in Pasadena, California, in 2009, while K-State returned the favor with a 31-22 win the following season in Manhattan.
"To have the opportunity to play against UCLA and a Jim Mora football team is, I think, a great challenge for us," said Snyder. "I have great admiration for Jim and for what he has done there. They've won 27 ballgames in the last three years. You look at the talent that they have, (Brett Hundley) is really a very, very efficient and effective quarterback who is the leading passer in UCLA history and their running back (Paul Perkins), likewise - he's averaging over 100 yards a ballgame."
Hundley has completed 259-of-368 passes for 21 touchdowns and has had five interceptions this season while Perkins has totaled 1,381 yards on the ground and is averaging six yards per carry. 
The Bruins will enter the Alamo Bowl following a 31-10 loss to Stanford on Nov. 28, 2014. 
This year's showing at the Valero Alamo Bowl will mark the second time in K-State history the Wildcats will compete in the bowl game as in 1998 No. 4 K-State took on Purdue at the Alamodome. Though the Wildcats lost to the Boilermakers, 37-34, that season, it marked one of the most traveled-to games for K-State fans in K-State bowl history to that point with more than 30,000 purple-clad fans in attendance. 
"We were well received the previous time," said Snyder. "The Alamo Bowl does a wonderful job. They really care for the young people in our program, and they provide a lot of opportunities for them to experience some new things."
San Antonio is a city known for its unique atmosphere, great cuisine and exciting nightlife. To check out a few of the exciting events provided by the Valero Alamo Bowl from the luncheons, bowl bashes and pep rallies, please click here.
"Texas is our No. 1 source of out-of-state students into K-State, and it's our No. 1 destination for alumni after they graduate," added Currie. "We have a number of our student-athletes from the state of Texas, so certainly, it's a great destination. I know we'll have a really tremendous crowd."
Tickets for the Valero Alamo Bowl are available through the K-State Athletics Ticket office. K-Staters are offered some of the best seats in the Alamodome and can click here for purchasing options or can call 1-800-221-CATS.
"Ticket sales are already very strong," Currie concluded. "They're on sale now so if you want tickets to the bowl game in K-State's allotment, you can call right now, see your location online and get your tickets. This is obviously a wonderful destination."
 

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