Primetime Matchup Awaits K-State Football

Aired nationally on FOX Sports 1, tonight's game will kick off at 6 p.m. (CT) at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, West Virginia. 
Coming off of a two-game losing skid (TCU and Texas), the West Virginia Mountaineers will be looking to get back on track tonight in front of its passionate fan base. 
"I think it's going to be a vibrant environment, and I think their fans will get into it, the students will get into it," said K-State head coach Bill Snyder. 
Added running back Charles Jones, "I'm expecting a real hostile environment. From what I heard two years ago, it's a great place to play, and I'm pretty excited for it.  Having a Thursday night game, you're pretty much the only team playing, so it's all eyes on you and that's pretty exciting. I really look forward to it."
Though K-State had a bye week this past weekend, the Wildcats enter tonight's game coming off a bitter, 41-20, loss to TCU - a game the team is using as motivation to move forward.
"We just want to show the nation how we rebound," said linebacker Jonathan Truman, "how we can respond to the adversity that we came across two weekends ago. We want to show everybody that we're a tough team, both mentally and physically, and that a little speed bump in the road is not going to affect our whole season... We've obviously had a few extra days to prepare, and with those few extra days, we've gotten to work out the kinks and really get back to the basics of what we do."
Tonight's matchup will feature two of the league's most talented quarterbacks and will be a battle between K-State's Jake Waters and West Virginia's Clint Trickett.
Both second-year starters for their respective squads, they are proven team leaders and key factors in their teams' successes.
While Waters leads the league in passing efficiency (151.3), Trickett has also been a threat in the air as he is No. 2 in the Big 12 in passing yards per game (317.3). 
"I think there are some similarities between the two," said Snyder of the upcoming quarterback battle. "Both of them are two-year starters now. You have heard me say this time and time again about Jake - the capacity of the experience of two years of practice and playing some games just made him better. He embraces the schematic aspect of it and understanding of offenses and defenses. Through that, he has gained so much more confidence. I think that Clint has probably done the exact same thing. I see the same progress. I see him at ease and more comfortable with his situation and schematically what they do. I see a lot of similarities in the two."
With an exciting quarterback battle and two teams looking to rebound after tough losses, tonight's game is a Big 12 matchup not to miss. 
"West Virginia is on the opposite side of the country, so it's fun to travel out there," said defensive back Morgan Burns. "It's always fun to play a really good team on the road. We feel like it's our team and our coaches against the whole stadium, and that's a challenge in itself. I'm excited about that."
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