K-State Welcomes Miami in Nationally-Televised Matchup

Quarterback Collin Klein

Sept. 3, 2012

K-State Game Notes vs. Miami

Game 2

Miami at No. 21/22 Kansas State
Date: Saturday, September 8, 2012
Kickoff: 11 a.m.
Location: Manhattan, Kan.
Stadium: Bill Snyder Family Stadium (50,000)
Series: K-State leads, 1-0
            Justin Kutcher (Play-by-Play) 
            Eric Crouch (Analyst)
            Darius Walker (Sideline Reporter)
Radio: K-State Sports Network; k-statesports.com;
SIRIUS Satellite Radio Ch. 94, XM Ch. 199
            Wyatt Thompson (Play-by-Play) 
            Stan Weber (Analyst)
            Matt Walters (Sideline Reporter)
Twitter Updates: @kstatesports and @kstate_gameday
Live Blog: k-statesports.com
Tickets: 1-800-221-CATS; k-statesports.com

Following a season opener that saw Kansas State erupt for a school-record-tying 35 fourth-quarter points to run past Missouri State, the Wildcats turn their attention to the Miami Hurricanes as the two teams will square off in Manhattan Saturday morning in a nationally-televised matchup. Kickoff is slated for 11:05 a.m., at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The game can be seen live across the nation on FX with Justin Kutcher (play-by-play), Eric Crouch (analyst) and Darius Walker (sideline) on the call.  A free live audio broadcast is also available on www.k-statesports.com and on SIRIUS satellite radio channel 94 and XM Channel 199. Wyatt Thompson will call the action with Stan Weber providing color analysis and Matt Walters giving sideline updates. Additionally, a live pregame show - K-State Gameday - will begin at 10:10 a.m., on K-StateHD.TV. The show is hosted by Brian Smoller and former Wildcat great and 2012 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Mark Simoneau. Live stats are also available through Gametracker, while Twitter updates @kstatesports and @kstate_gameday, in-game highlights on facebook.com/kstatesports and a live in-game blog will all be a part of k-statesports.com’s gameday coverage.

K-State opened the 2012 season with a 51-9 win over Missouri State as the Wildcats closed out the contest with 42 unanswered points in the final 22 minutes of the game to secure the win. The 35 fourth-quarter points tied a school record for the most points in a quarter (first quarter in 1999 against Missouri) while the outburst was the largest in school history in the fourth quarter. Offensively, quarterback Collin Klein had a very workman-like performance, finishing 19-of-28 for 169 yards with two scores through the air and with 54 yards on 13 carries on the ground. The biggest performance in week one came from junior running back John Hubert, who ran for 152 yards on just 12 carries. Included in those 152 yards was a 95-yard dart for a touchdown, which was the second-longest rush from scrimmage in school history and the longest in Bill Snyder Family Stadium history. K-State continues to set a national standard on special teams as Tramaine Thompson’s 89-yard punt return for a TD gave the Wildcats’ their 82nd non-offensive touchdown since the 1999 season, a figure that ties Virginia Tech for the most in the country.

Miami heads to Manhattan with a 1-0 record following an impressive 41-32 win at Boston College that saw the Hurricanes erase an early 14-0 deficit. Balance was the offensive theme for Miami in its season opener as the Hurricanes gained 208 yards on the ground and 207 through the air. Highly touted freshman running back Duke Johnson carried the ball just seven times but totaled 135 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Stephen Morris completed 28-of-45 passes for 207 yards with one score and one interception. His top receiving target was Allen Hurns, who caught eight passes for 81 yards last week at Boston College. Defensively, Miami collected four sacks in the opener while linebacker Denzel Perryman tallied seven tackles and returned an interception 41 yards for a score.

K-State has been one of the most dominant teams nationally in terms of non-conference success, especially under head coach Bill Snyder. Since 1990, K-State has won 63 of their 70 (.900) regular season non-conference games under Snyder, while the Wildcats have had perfect regular season non-conference ledgers 13 times in the last 19 years overall. K-State was perfect in the non-conference last season, defeating Eastern Kentucky and Kent State in Manhattan before wrapping up non-conference play with a 28-24 win at Miami. The Cats have been perfect in regular-season non-conference play in each of the last two seasons, the first time they have accomplished the feat since 2001 and 2002. The 2002 season was the final year of a 10-year stretch in which K-State went undefeated in non-conference play during the regular season.

K-State’s game on Saturday will mark the 14th time under Bill Snyder that the Wildcats will face a non-conference opponent that currently is a member of a BCS conference. In those games, the Wildcats are 10-3, including a 4-0 record in games at Bill Snyder Family Stadium -- 35-0 win vs. Minnesota in 1994; a 35-0 win over Cincinnati in 1996; a 27-20 win over USC in 2002 and a 31-22 win over UCLA in 2010. Since Snyder’s return in 2009, K-State is 2-1 in these contests which includes wins against UCLA at home in 2010 and on the road last year at Miami.

K-State will be facing a member of the ACC for just the 13th time overall on Saturday when the Wildcats host Miami. Heading into the matchup, K-State is 3-9 against current members of the league following last year’s win at Miami. Until last year’s meeting, the last matchup with a team currently in the ACC was back in 1994 - a 12-7 loss to Boston College in the Aloha Bowl.

Head coach Bill Snyder picked up the 150th victory of his career in last year’s season opener, joining Frank Beamer (Virginia Tech), Steve Spurrier (South Carolina), Mack Brown (Texas) and Gary Pinkel (Missouri) as active coaches with 150 wins at BCS schools. He picked up win No. 160 last weekend in the Cats’ 51-9 win over Missouri State. After guiding K-State from 1989 to 2005, and again over the last three-plus seasons, Snyder is also one of the longest-tenured active coaches in the FBS. The Wildcat head coach ranks fourth among active coaches behind Nevada’s Chris Ault (28th), Beamer (26th) and Troy’s Larry Blakeney (22nd). Even more impressive is that Snyder is the lone BCS coach who has served at the same school for at least 20 years and has never held the same position at another school. Additionally, Snyder has tallied the fourth-most victories among active coaches since 1990 with 159 despite a three-year hiatus from 2006-2008.

Kansas State has had success coming off bowl seasons, most notably under head coach Bill Snyder. The Wildcats had played in 14 bowl games in program history prior to last year, and Kansas State has followed a bowl season with another postseason berth on 11 occasions, each coming under Snyder. The only three times K-State had a losing season following a bowl trip occurred in 1983 (3-8) after the 1982 Independence Bowl, in 2004 after the Fiesta Bowl (4-7) and in 2007 (5-7) after the 2006 Texas Bowl. K-State will be looking to make its third-straight bowl appearance since the end of an 11-year bowl stretch in 2003.

Fast home starts have propelled the Wildcats to winning seasons under Bill Snyder. From 1992-2011 under Snyder, K-State is a combined 52-5 (.912) in games played during the month of September. Of the five losses, three came on the road, as the Cats are 42-2 in September home games during that stretch. Last season, the Wildcats were 3-0 in September, including two wins at home and a 28-24 road victory at Miami.

Few teams in college football have taken care of their home field as well as the Wildcats since the start of the 1990 season. Over the past 20 years, K-State is an amazing 118-27-1 (.811) when playing at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, including a 58-24-1 (.705) mark in league games (combined Big 8/12), while the Wildcats are 60-3 (.952) in non-league home games since 1990.

A new tradition was started when head coach Bill Snyder returned for his second tenure roaming the sidelines for the Wildcats as the K-State Family Reunion game was born for the season opener in 2009. The contest against UMass was a huge success as it was the largest crowd in school history for a home opener with 50,750 fans piling into Bill Snyder Family Stadium. That number still ranks in the top 20 in stadium history. Fans also came out in droves the last two seasons as K-State broke the season-opening record again at 51,059 when K-State defeated UCLA, 31-22, in 2010, while another sell-out crowd of 50,292 was at last year’s season-opening win against Eastern Kentucky. A sellout crowd of 50,007 cheered on the Cats in the 2012 season opener against Missouri State.

Along with the home opener against Missouri State, K-State has announced sellouts for the September 15 contest against North Texas, October 6 matchup with KU and November 3 game against Oklahoma State. The four sellouts announced before the season are the most in school history and will mark the ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th sellouts since the beginning of Bill Snyder’s second tenure in 2009.

Kansas State extended one of the nation’s longest scoring streaks against Missouri State as the Wildcats have now tallied points in 191 consecutive games. The 191-game stretch is the 10th-longest in the nation and the longest in the Big 12. The Wildcats have not been kept off the scoreboard since Colorado shut out K-State, 12-0, on Nov. 16, 1996. The streak includes 124 conference games, 69 true road games and 17 neutral-site contests.

Scoring first has been a big sign of good things to come for the Wildcats. Since 1990, K-State’s record when scoring first is very impressive as the Wildcats have gone 134-26 (84-percent) when drawing first blood. Last season, K-State is a perfect 6-0 since the start of last season when scoring the game’s first points.

There is no better indicator of a Wildcat victory than when K-State leads or is tied at the half. Since 1990, the Cats have protected a halftime lead 97-percent of the time, going 150-5 when leading at the half. Last season, Kansas State went 6-0 when leading at the half and is 1-0 so far this season.

Kansas State was on the positive side of the ledger in terms of time of possession in 2011, leading the Big 12 and finishing fourth nationally in that department. The Wildcats held the ball for an average of 33:55 per game. K-State is 9-3 dating back to last season when controlling the clock and possessing the ball more than its opponent, including doing so in the 2012 season opener.

K-State’s offense and defense has especially good on third down as opponents converted just 40 percent of their third downs all of last year, while the offense converted 42 percent. In the 2012 opener, K-State held Missouri State to just 23 percent on third down (4-of-17). A detailed account of K-State’s third down success can be found on page 21.

Not only has Kansas State been able to possess the ball and sustain long drives over the course of the last two seasons, but the offense has managed to make the most of those opportunities once it has reached the red zone. Of K-State’s last 66 trips inside its opponent’s 20-yard line, the Wildcats have scored on 59 of those trips, with 44 of those being touchdowns. Over the course of the last 11 regular season games the Wildcats are 51-of-56 in the red zone with 41 touchdowns. Additionally, the Cats are 17-for-17 in red zone chances with 13 touchdowns in their last four wins dating back to last season.

K-State opened the season with 324 yards rushing in its 51-9 win over Missouri State which included 152 by junior running back John Hubert. The 324 rushing yards were the most by a Wildcat team since gaining 373 against North Texas in 2010 and marked the third time since Bill Snyder’s return in 2009 that K-State has eclipsed 300 yards on the ground in a game.

K-State’s biggest improvement on defense over the course of the last two seasons has come against the run. Dating back to last season, K-State has yielded just 128.7 yards per game on the ground, which includes giving up 95 to Missouri State in the 2012 opener last week.

When the Wildcat defense picks off two or more passes, K-State usually comes out with a victory. Over the last 15 contests that the Wildcats have recorded two or more interceptions, Kansas State is 12-3, including victories in 11 of its last 13 games and four in 2011. In last year’s season opener against Eastern Kentucky, Nigel Malone picked off a pair of passes to give K-State two interceptions in each of its last three season openers. The Wildcats were second in the Big 12 and tied for 12th nationally last season in interceptions with 18 - the most since the 2003 squad had 20. Individually, Malone led the Big 12 and tied for fourth nationally with seven interceptions and also opened 2012 with a pick against Missouri State.

The rise of K-State football over the last two decades has much to do with the emphasis on special teams. Since 1990, Kansas State is 46-15 when scoring on special teams and 17-1 when scoring on special teams and on defense, including a 15-0 mark under Bill Snyder. And, in non-offensive touchdowns, the Cats have ranked among the nation’s best over the past 14 seasons. Since 1999, the Wildcats rank second nationally in non-offensive touchdowns with 82, which ties Virginia Tech for the most in the nation. K-State had five non-offensive touchdowns last season and has one already in 2012. Tyler Lockett led the way with a pair of kickoff-return scores, while David Garrett (Kent State), Nigel Malone (Texas Tech) and Allen Chapman (Oklahoma State) each returned interceptions for touchdowns. In last week’s season opener, Tramaine Thompson took a punt and raced 89 yards to the house for a fourth-quarter score.

A big part of K-State’s success last season was attributed to the discipline and fundamentals that head coach Bill Snyder and his coaching staff have instilled in the program. During the Cats’ 10-3 season, K-State managed to limit penalties (led the Big 12), possess the ball (ranked fourth nationally), limit turnovers (led the Big 12 in turnovers lost with 15), create turnovers (ranked second in the Big 12 in turnover margin) and make the most of their possessions (30 scoring drives of 60-plus yards and led the nation during the regular season converting touchdowns on first and goal-to-go). In the 2012 season opener, the Wildcats committed just two penalties (2/15 yards) while not turning the ball over once.

K-State broke open a 16-9 contest with Missouri State by erupting for a school-record 35 fourth-quarter points en route to a big win. While the fourth-quarter point total may have been something new for the Cats, the ability to finish strong is something Bill Snyder teams have done consistently. In K-State’s last 14 games, the Cats have outscored their opponents, 124-82, in the final 15 minutes and also 144-110 closing out the first half of games. In K-State’s last 11 wins, the Wildcats have outscored their opponents, 110-47, in the fourth quarter.

Much has been made about the Wildcats’ success last year in the clutch as eight of K-State’s 10 wins were decided by seven points or less. It was the most of any school in the country, while the Wildcats eight victories by one score or less were the most ever among BCS AQ schools, topping Washington (2000), Penn State (1985) and Purdue (1979) that had years with seven wins by seven points or less. Although many don’t expect K-State to duplicate the crunch-time success of last year, the 2011 late-game heroics weren’t anything new as the Cats are 13-4 in games decided by seven points or less since Bill Snyder’s return in 2009. K-State was 3-1 in 2009 and 2-2 in 2010 before going 8-1 in said games last year.

Following the 2012 spring game, head coach Bill Snyder named four captains for the 2012 season as Arthur Brown, B.J. Finney, Collin Klein and Ty Zimmerman earned the nod. Additionally, reserve linebacker Jared Loomis was elected the special teams’ captain prior to the season. Klein is a three-time team captain, the first offensive player to be selected three times in the 117-year history of K-State football. Brown is a second-year captain after transferring from Miami prior to the 2010 season. Finney, the youngest offensive player and first non-senior offensive lineman captain since 2002, along with Zimmerman are first-time captains.

First Team All-Big 12 performer Collin Klein used his legs to lead K-State down the field last year, but he was also able to push the Wildcats into the end zone on a consistent basis, and that trend continued in the 2012 season opener. During his breakout season of 2011, Klein set the school record and tied both the Big 12 overall and FBS QB record with 27 rushing touchdowns. Aside from his rushing abilities in the red zone, Klein has been effective getting the Wildcats into the end zone. In his 16 starts, Klein has been responsible for at least two scores on eight occasions, including against Missouri State. Last season, Klein was fifth nationally in touchdown responsibility.

With his stellar 2011 campaign, Collin Klein can lay claim to a feat that had only been accomplished by former Heisman Trophy winners. The Wildcat signal caller is one of just four players from all BCS AQ schools in the BCS era to record 20 rushing touchdowns and 10 passing scores the same season. The other three were Cam Newton (Auburn, 2010), Tim Tebow (Florida, 2007) and Eric Crouch (Nebraska, 2000).

Although much was made about his record-setting season in touchdowns last year, the tough and determined Collin Klein topped the school record chart in another rushing category - attempts. Klein finished third nationally in rushing attempts, while he was the top quarterback and finished with an astonishing 75 more attempts than the second quarterback on the list (Tevin Washington, Georgia Tech). Taking a further look into the past, Klein’s 317 rushing attempts last season were the most nationally by a quarterback since at least 1999, while he was just the second signal caller since 1999 to top 300 carries as Navy’s Ricky Dobbs ran 315 times in 2009.

Collin Klein’s rushing abilities speak for themselves, but the Loveland, Colo., product rapidly progressed in the passing game over the final few games of the regular season and has extended that progression into 2012. In the first eight games of 2011, Klein averaged 124 passing yards per game, but he’s upped his production to 172.8 yards in games against Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas and Iowa State last year along with the 2012 season opener against Missouri State.

After becoming the team’s starting running back for 12 games last year, John Hubert lost his starting spot in the season opener against Missouri State. That didn’t affect the Waco, Texas, product as he came off the bench to rush for 152 yards, including a 95-yard touchdown run. It was the longest in Bill Snyder Family Stadium history, besting Ell Roberson’s 91-yarder against Nebraska in 2002. However, it was one yard shy of tying the school record held by Gerald Hackney against Kansas in 1948. With his performance, Hubert is tops in the Big 12 and 10th nationally in rushing, while he became the school’s 25th career 1,000-yard rusher as he now has 1,150 in his two-plus years.

K-State had a do-it-all performer in Tyler Lockett last season, but junior wide receiver Tramaine Thompson was the one to stand out as an all-purpose player in the season opener. Thompson, who came into the contest with just one career touchdown, was dynamic against Missouri State as he hauled in an 18-yard touchdown reception - K-State’s first touchdown of 2012 - and capped a school-record tying 35-point fourth quarter with an 89-yard punt return touchdown. It was tied for the seventh-longest punt return touchdown in school history, while it was the longest since current NFL standout Jordy Nelson returned one 92 yards against Baylor in 2007.

Wide receiver Chris Harper hauled in just 10 receptions in his first 10 games as a Wildcat, but the former Oregon transfer has drastically improved over the last 17 contests to become Collin Klein’s go-to target. Over his last 17 games as a Wildcat, Harper has caught 54 passes for 731 yards and nine touchdowns after accumulating only 174 yards and one score in his first 10 games.

After having to sit out the 2010 season due to transfer rules, linebacker Arthur Brown burst onto the K-State scene last season by leading the Wildcats with 101 tackles, the first K-State player to top the 100-tackle mark since 2006. The 2011 Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year and a First Team All-Big 12 performer, Brown finished eighth in the Big 12 in total tackles, while he also produced several big plays throughout the season, including against No. 15 Baylor when he picked off eventual Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III to set up the eventual game-winning field goal. Brown started off his senior campaign on the right note as he made five stops, including one for a loss, and broke up two Missouri State passes.

A Second Team Walter Camp All-American and First Team All-Big 12 performer last year, Nigel Malone picked up where he left off in 2011. The senior cornerback, who led the Big 12 last year with seven interceptions, picked off his eighth career pass against Missouri State last Saturday. The Manteca, Calif., product, who also deflected away another pass, is now two away from entering the school’s career top 10 chart. Following last year’s two-interception game in the season opener - which was the most by a Wildcat in their debut since 1994 - Malone now has three in his two season openers at K-State.

A former community-college walk on, Jarard Milo earned his first career start at safety against Missouri State, and the Olathe, Kan., product did not disappoint as he led the team with 10 tackles, two more than his season total from a year ago. With his performance, Milo is tied for fifth in the Big 12 in tackles and tied for first among defensive backs.

Following a solid 2011 season, place kicker Anthony Cantele began his senior season on the right foot last weekend against Missouri State as he tied his career high with three field goals, was true on all six extra points and booted six of his 10 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks. Cantele’s three field goals against the Bears gave him 21 for his career, which moved him into ninth place all-time at K-State. Additionally, Cantele has been true on 60 extra points, which is ninth in school history.