SE: Football Looks to Bounce Back
Looking to get back into the win column, K-State football will be back in action tomorrow afternoon as the Wildcats (3-5, 0-5 Big 12) are set to take on Texas Tech (5-5, 2-5 Big 12) at 2:30 p.m., tomorrow at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas.
“Every ball game is complex and difficult, whether at home or on the road,” said Wildcat head coach Bill Snyder. “It goes back to, when you’re playing away from home, the discipline factor, being able to keep the game between the white lines and staying focused on the task at hand. We have to eliminate clutter that goes along with traveling and being in a different stadium. It’s going to depend on us being tough enough to have the kind of discipline that’s necessary to do well.”
Following a daunting stretch of Big 12 play where the Wildcats took on four top-20 teams in five games, K-State is looking for its first Big 12 victory of the season.
Though Texas Tech, like K-State, is unranked, no game comes easy in the Big 12. Texas Tech is celebrating its Senior Day tomorrow, and the atmosphere in Jones AT&T Stadium is expected to be electric.
Plus, there’s more than just winning on the Red Raiders’ minds.
“They have won five games, and if they win this week, they are bowl eligible,” said redshirt freshman center Dalton Risner at Tuesday’s weekly press conference. “These guys are fighting for their season, and they only have two games left in the last four weeks, so they have to beat us or Texas. It is not going to be one of those things that we show up on Saturday and have to be ready to go – we have to show up at practice. We had a great day of practice on Monday. We have to get it done this week and go into Saturday ready to roll.”
But Texas Tech isn’t the only team working toward bowl eligibility; K-State is doing the same. With four games left this season – at Texas Tech, Iowa State, at Kansas and West Virginia – the Wildcats must come up with at least three wins if they want to extend their season.
“Obviously we know what we want to do long term – we want to go to a bowl game,” said junior quarterback Joe Hubener. “We do not want to be the team to end (K-State’s) bowl game streak. We know that we have four more opponents and we have to win at least three. We think we are certainly capable of winning all four, and that starts this week with Texas Tech. That is our focus right now – go down to Lubbock and finish this one right.”
K-State has been this close to upsetting top-ranked opponents this season in Oklahoma State, TCU and Baylor. In each of those three matchups, the Wildcats lost by an average of less than a touchdown, and they’re hungry to finish a game and grasp a win.
Snyder says his team’s mindset is in a good place despite the tough stretch the Wildcats have endured.
“I’m pleased with the direction that our players have chosen to go,” said Snyder. “I think they remain competitive. There’s a determination about them. I certainly see the disappointment and I understand that. All of us are (disappointed), myself included, but they come back to the practice field and seem to be extremely committed to improving fundamentals, effort and all aspects of the game.”
Tomorrow’s game will be broadcast nationally on FS1 with Tim Brando (play-by-play) and Spencer Tillman (analyst) on the call, while fans can also listen to the game across the K-State Sports Network with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play), Stan Weber (analyst) and Matt Walters (sideline) calling the action.
“We know we are fighting for our lives,” said junior linebacker Will Davis. “We know we are fighting to be bowl eligible and every game matters. We still feel we can go out there and beat anyone on any Saturday. We have not done that, but we feel we have the ability to go out there and win. It is just a matter of focusing on that and focusing on what needs to be corrected during practice.”
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MEN’S BASKETBALL OPENS 2015-16 SEASON TONIGHT
Following a pair of exciting exhibition wins, K-State men’s basketball opens its season tonight at 7 p.m., in Bramlage Coliseum against the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
“We had two good exhibition games a week apart where you can come back and regroup to make progress, but now it is for real,” said K-State head coach Bruce Weber. “We have three games in the next eight days and five games in the next 13 days, so we will learn a lot about our team.”
Tonight’s game can be viewed on numerous platforms, including FOX Sports Kansas City (state of Kansas and Kansas City area), K-StateHD.TV (subscription fee) and ESPN3 (outside the state of Kansas only). The FOX Sports Kansas City channels are DirecTV 671-5 and Dish 444 or 412-32. Fans also have the opportunity to listen to the game via the K-State Sports Network with Brian Smoller (play-by-play) on the call.
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EQUESTRIAN HOSTS TCU TODAY
After a nail-biting finish against the Baylor Lady Bears on Oct. 30, the Kansas State equestrian team looks to pick up a win to end the home portion of its fall schedule today against No. 6 TCU at Timbercreek Stables. The meet starts at 10 a.m., and admission is free and open to the public.
Kansas State comes into the meet with an overall record of 1-2, including an 0-2 in Big 12 matchups. The Wildcats will look to pick up their 19th home meet victory in the last two seasons.
“We are really looking forward to hosting our last fall meet,” said head coach Casie Maxwell. “We have built a lot of momentum off the last two meets, and I am looking forward to seeing the team perform after such a close match two weeks ago.”
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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL OPENS 2015-16 SEASON AT TULSA
K-State women’s basketball will open its 48th season of action on the road, as the Wildcats travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to face Tulsa tonight at 7 p.m.
The Wildcats are 38-9 overall in season-openers, including a current winning streak of five in openers and wins in 14 of the last 16 season openers. This will be the Wildcats’ first road season-opener since the 2008-09 season, when K-State defeated UTEP in El Paso, Texas.
K-State is led by head coach Jeff Mittie, who enters his 24th season of coaching and his second in Manhattan with a career record of 473-249 (.655) including a 19-14 record at K-State.
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