No. 7/5 Kansas State opens football season in BCA Classic
No. 7/5 Kansas State opens football season in BCA Classic
2003 BCA Classic
Arrowhead Stadium (79,451/grass)
Television: Live nationally by ESPN. Ron Franklin will call the action with Mike Gottfried providing the analysis. Adrian Karsten will serve as the broadcast's sideline reporter. The producer is Bill Bonnell.
Radio: Live across the 28-station Mid America Sports Network. Wyatt Thompson (color), Stan Weber (play-by-play) and Chris Allison (sideline) serve as the on-air talent.
On the Web: A live audio stream of all
Records: The BCA Classic is the season opener for both clubs.
Series: Saturday's game is the first meeting on the gridiron between
No. 7/5 Cats open season in KC
The No. 7/5 Kansas State Wildcats open their 108th season of college football on Saturday, Aug. 23, vs. the California Golden Bears in the Black Coaches Association (BCA) Classic. The game, which kicks off at will be played at
The BCA Classic will be the first of five non-conference contests for
The 11-win season was K-State's fifth in the last six years, joining Florida State (1996-2000) and Nebraska (1993-97) as the only programs in the nation to accomplish that feat in the history of college football.
Along the way,
The 108th season of Wildcat football
The 2003 season marks the 108th college football campaign for
Running with the Pac
The 2003 BCA Classic will be
K-State is 4-2 vs. Pac-10 schools under current head coach Bill Snyder. Two of the Wildcats' contests vs. Pac-10 schools occurred in bowl games, with both meetings coming in the Holiday Bowl. In addition to last year's Holiday Bowl victory over
The Pac-10 and ESPN
Saturday's BCA Classic tilt vs.
The 2003 BCA Classic will be
There's no bigger connection between
Waldorf led K-State to its lone outright conference football championship in 1934, leading the Cats to a
His stints at
Going back to back
Opening away, again
The 2003 BCA Classic will mark the third time in the last four seasons that the Wildcats have opened up away from KSU Stadium.
No Cat naps in August
Come early, stay late
Not only will
Streaking into 2003
In addition to its current six-game winning streak, here are a couple more K-State streaks:
K-State has won at least nine games in nine of the last 10 seasons.
The Wildcats have won 13 consecutive season openers.
K-State has won 38 straight non-conference home games. The last loss to a non-league foe at KSU Stadium was a 37-20 setback vs.
The Cats have won four in a row over teams from the Pac-10.
The Wildcats have outrushed their opponents in 13 consecutive contests (last miss was the 2001 Insight.com bowl vs.
K-State has held the time of possession advantage in seven straight games entering the 2003 season.
The exception, not the rule
After 2002's 11-2 campaign, its looking like K-State's 6-6 mark during 2001 was more of a bump in the road than a precursor of things to come. Still, the turnaround engineered by Bill Snyder and his staff during 2002 was historic in the at
Fixture in the polls
K-State's preseason ranking marks the seventh time in the last eight years that the Wildcats have debuted in the top 25 of both polls. It is also the third time in the last six years that the Cats have been ranked in the top 10 of each poll, as
The Wildcats' 2003 preseason rankings are among the highest in school history.
The only time in the last eight years the Wildcats have not been ranked either preseason poll occurred last seasons. Ironically,
A preseason top-10 ranking for
Sign of Success
Year Preseason Final Record
1998 6/6 10/9 11-2
2000 8/9 9/8 11-3
2003 7/5 tbd tbd
Media likes the Cats
For the first time in the eight-year history of the Big 12 Conference,
The All Guys
Gunning for hardware
Several Wildcats have made appearances on preseason national award watch lists. On the lines, Nick Leckey is a member of the Lombardi Award, Outland Trophy and Rimington watch lists, while Andrew Shull has been tapped for the Ted Hendricks Award slate. Among the skill players, Ell Roberson has been added to the Davey O'Brien watch list, while Darren Sproles is among those selected to the Doak Walker Award panel. Last year, cornerback Terence Newman won the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive back.
There may not have been a hotter team in the country over the last five games of the 2002 regular season that
Went a perfect 5-0, including road wins at
Outscored the opposition 253-30, including road shutouts at
Averaged 50.6 points per game while allowing just 6.0 for a staggering average margin of victory of 44.6 points per game.
Posted the largest margin of victory ever in its series vs.
Improved its position in the Associated Press Top 25 from No. 20 to No. 6.
Ministers of defense
Kansas State has developed one of the nation's top defensive traditions under head coach Bill Snyder and that continued during 2002 as the Wildcats finished first in the nation in scoring defense (11.8 ppg), allowed the fewest touchdowns in the nation with 19 each (Ohio State also yielded just 19) and finished second in the country in total defense (249.0 ypg). The Cats were especially stingy on the ground, giving up the nation's second fewest yards per game --69.5. Kansas State's total defense figure placed it in the top five in that category for the sixth straight season, making K-State the only team in the nation to accomplish that feat.
Since Bill Snyder's arrival in the Little Apple, K-State has posted 18 shutouts, including at least one in each of the last nine seasons.
Bill Snyder-coached K-State teams have held opponents to less than 200 total yards 31 times, including five in 2002.
Only Kansas State, Alabama, Notre Dame and Troy State held four opponents under 200 yards in Division I-A.
K-State allowed just 69.5 yards per game on the ground in 2002, second in the nation behind TCU. The Cats held their last eight foes to a net 340 yards rushing combined (42.5 ypg).
Prior to 2002, the school record for rushing defense in a season was 96.5 ypg. The 2002 season marked the third straight season K-State re-set this record (previously 98.3 - 1988, lowered to 98.2 in 2000, to 96.5 in 2001 and now to 69.5 in 2002).
K-State has had at least one interception in 51 of the last 58 games and in 61 of the last 67 outings (including bowls).
The Wildcats have had 28 interceptions in their last 18 games, a string dating back to 2001 that includes the Insight.com Bowl. K-State has grabbed 14 opposing passes in its last eight games alone.
Overall, the Cats have had 72 takeaways in the last 31 games, including 24 in the last eight games of 2002 (14 interceptions/10 fumbles).
With 20 interceptions, K-State ranked T14th nationally among Division I teams during 2002.
Roberson set a
Roberson set single-play, single-game and single-season records for rushing yards by a K-State quarterback with the performance vs. the Huskers... His 91-yard touchdown with 2:27 left in the first quarter vs. Nebraska was the longest on record by a Wildcat QB, and the longest by any Wildcat since Gerald Hackney went a school-record 96 yards against Kansas in 1948.
With 1,032 yards in 2002, Roberson exceeded the 643 he had in 2001 and surpassed the single-season record for rushing yards by a QB of 748 by Michael Bishop in 1998.
Roberson reached the 1,000-yard mark in the fourth quarter of the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl win over
Roberson notched his third three-TD game in a four-game stretch against
Roberson's 100-yard game against the Huskers was his second in 2002 and the sixth of his career. The six are the most in a career by a Wildcat QB, surpassing Michael Bishop's four in 1997 and 1998.
Roberson owns six of the top nine rushing games ever by a Wildcat QB.
More with Roberson
Ell Roberson averaged 86.0 rushing yards per game in 2002, ranking 54th nationally, but fourth among quarterbacks.
Roberson's 1,843 career rushing yards rank eighth on
Roberson was 44th in the NCAA in individual total offense, averaging 217.7 yards per game after totaling 315 at
With 4,397 total offense yards, Roberson became just the eighth Wildcat past the 4,000-yard mark in school history. He ranks seventh on K-State's career total offense list.
Ell Roberson's final pass efficiency rating of 136.5 would have ranked 20th in the nation if he had enough attempts to qualify for the national list... He finished five attempts below the 15 per game required.
With the three rushing and one passing TD against Arizona State, Roberson jumped from 51st to 34th on the NCAA's 2002 list of points responsible for, which combines points scored by rushing and passing, as well as two-point conversions. Only Josh Harris of Bowling Green (134 points) and Chance Harridge of Air Force (132) were QBs with more individual points scored than Roberson, who finished 31st in the nation in individual scoring with 98.
Rolling with Sproles
Making up the other half of K-State's two-headed monster in the offensive backfield is junior Darren Sproles, who gained 1,465 yards on the ground during 2002 to become the Wildcats' all-time single-season rushing leader. Below are a few of Sproles' 2002 accomplishments:
Sproles ended the regular season with 1,465 yards, eclipsing the mark of 1,263 set during 2001 by Josh Scobey for tops on K-State's single-season list.
Sproles set eight other K-State records during 2002, including the single-season mark for most all-purpose yards with 1,800. The old record of 1,648 was set by Henry Hawthorne in 1970.
Sproles ended the year with a streak of nine consecutive 100-yard games and 10 for the season.
Josh Scobey had seven 100-yard games in 2002, while Isaac Jackson had six straight 100-yard games in 1973. Jackson and Sproles are the only Wildcats ever to string together more than three 100-yard games.
Sproles became the fastest Wildcat ever to reach 1,000 yards, hitting the mark on his 159th carry of the 2002 season.
Sproles averaged 124.9 yards per game and 6.3 yards per carry during conference play, gaining 999 yards.
Sproles finished the 2002 season ranked 19th in the nation in rushing. On the list of NCAA rushers, Sproles' 6.18 per-carry average ranked fourth among players with at least 200 attempts. The only players with 200 carries ranked ahead of Sproles in yards per carry were Heisman Trophy candidates Larry Johnson of
Sproles' per-carry average was nearly a full yard better than the school record of 5.34 set by Eric Hickson in 1998.
Sproles ranked 29th nationally in all-purpose yards and T34th in scoring.
Sproles' scored 104 points during 2002, becoming just the fifth Wildcat to top 100 points in a single season.
The double 100-yard rushing game by Ell Roberson and Darren Sproles against Nebraska last season was the second of the year for the duo and the fourth in the last two years at K-State, but only the eighth in school history. Roberson and Sproles had 178 and 121, respectively, at
James Terry came to K-State as a highly-touted junior college transfer and lived up to expectations, hauling in 28 receptions for 561 yards. He looks to continue that evolution as K-State's feature wide out after a junior campaign that included:
Leading K-State with five catches for 90 yards in the Holiday Bowl victory over
Having at least one catch in each of the last seven games in which he played, with eight of his catches coming in back-to-back games against
Center Nick Leckey has been a stalwart on the offensive line for
With an inexperienced defensive line beside him, senior defensive end Andrew Shull is sure to face plenty of double teams during the early part of 2003. K-State's most productive defensive lineman a year ago, Shull finished seventh on Kansas State's single-season list in quarterback sacks with 10.0, a figure that ranked second in the Big 12. He also had at least a half-sack in five of 2002's last six games.
Buck stops with Buhl
Josh Buhl had one of the most productive defensive seasons in