Kansas State opens three-game homestand against Colorado
Kansas State opens three-game homestand against Colorado
Game No. 8
Radio: Live across the 28-station Mid America Sports Network. Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play), Stan Weber (color) and Chris Allison (sideline) serve as the on-air talent.
On the Web: A live audio stream of all
Rankings: Neither team is ranked. Kansas State, ranked No. 22/21 last week, fell out of both polls for the first time since Sept. 8, 2002 rankings.
Coming off two straight road games and a bye week,
The game is the first at home for the Wildcats in nearly a month. K-State (4-3/0-2 Big 12 North) will be out to put the brakes on a three-game losing streak that began with a 27-20 loss to Marshall in the Wildcats' final non-conference tune up and has since spiraled into an 0-2 conference start that included back-to-back four-point road losses at Texas and Oklahoma State.
Colorado (3-3/1-1 Big 12 North) broke out of a three-game funk of its own last week, as the Buffaloes outlasted Kansas, 50-47, in overtime. The win, CU's first since a Sept. 6 victory over UCLA, helped the Buffs avoid their first 0-2 conference start since 1997.
No TV on tap this week
Despite a near sell-out (fewer than 100 tickets remain) and for the first time in three games, the Wildcats will not be part of the Big 12's weekly television package. As a result of the game not being televised, the Kansas State Sports Information Office will uplink first-half highlights of the contest. The satellite uplink location and time will be released to the media as soon as it becomes available. The game will air live on radio over the 28-station Mid America Sports Network with Wyatt Thompson calling the action and former K-State quarterback Stan Weber providing the analysis.
Cats look to get back on track
Reversal of fortune
Toughing it out
For the third straight season,
On the home front
After suffering a pair of four-point setbacks,
Among the Big 12's best
Since the formation of the Big 12 Conference in 1996,
Dating to the start of the 2002 season, all five of K-State's losses over the last 20 games have been by a touchdown or less. The Wildcats suffered a four-point loss at
Cats coming off a loss
Since the start of the 1996 season,
Winning the stat war
Two of three's not bad
Cats and Buffs
Saturday's matchup with
The K-State/CU series dates to
The Buffaloes lead the all-time series, 41-16-1. However, the Wildcats have won 4 of 7 since the formation of the Big 12.
CU also lead the series in
Four of the last five meetings have been decided by 10 points or less.
The road team has won four of the last eight games, with each team winning twice in the opposition's home stadium.
Prior to Bill Snyder's arrival at K-State, the Buffaloes dominated the series, with the Wildcats winning just 12 of 44 meetings. CU leads
The Kansas State-Colorado series has been one of the most frequently televised in recent years. However, Saturday's tilt vs. Buffs will also be the first time since 1993 that a CU vs. K-State game will not appear on the tube. Each of the last nine meetings between the two teams have aired either regionally or nationally.
Wide outs in waves
For the fourth straight week,
Cats in October
Come early, stay late
Not only did
K-State's No. 5 preseason ranking in the Coaches' Poll was the highest ever for the Wildcats, who have appeared in the top 25 of seven preseason AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Polls since joining the Big 12 in 1996, but never higher than the No. 6 ranking the Cats earned prior to the 1998 season. In the AP Top 25, K-State's No. 7 preseason ranking was its highest debut since opening at No. 6 in 1998.
More poll talk
K-State's preseason ranking marked 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 were among the highest in school history.
The only time in the last eight years the Wildcats have not been ranked in either preseason poll occurred last season. Ironically,
Destiny still in control
Despite losing two in a row to open conference play,
Rushing to victory
Over its last 20 games
For the season, the Wildcats have rolled up an impressive 1,449 yards rushing compared to only 780 by its opponents.
At its current pace,
Piling up the yards
The Wildcats have topped the 200-yard plateau on the ground in nine of their last 13 games, including 209 yards at
In addition to a solid ground attack,
Send in the ground troops
Shock and awe offense
Tough to stop the Cats
Dating back to the start of the 2002 season, the Wildcats have eclipsed the 40-point mark in 11 of 20 games and have been held below 30 points in just four of their last 20 outings. Putting points on the board has been a staple in recent years for K-State, which has finished in the NCAA's top 15 in scoring offense in 5 of 6 seasons.
Despite replacing three starters on its defensive line from a year ago,
who added to his team lead with his sixth of the year last week at
No red-zone rushing
Tough vs. the Run
Despite its troubles on the ground vs.
K-State among nation's best in TDs allowed
In addition to being the only school in the nation to rank in the top five in total defense in each of the last six seasons, the Wildcats have been one of the country's stingiest squad when it comes to yielding touchdowns. Since the start of the 1999 season,
Since the start of the 1999 season,
With seven picks already this season, K-State has now had at least one interception in 56 of the last 65 games and in 66 of the last 74outings, counting bowl games and including 5 of 7 games so far in 2003.
The Wildcats have snared 35 interceptions in their last 25 games, a string dating back to 2001 that includes the Insight.com Bowl.
K-State has grabbed 22 pics in its last 15 games.
Overall, the Cats have had 84 takeaways in the last 38 games, including 24 in the last eight games of 2002 (14 interceptions/10 fumbles) and 12 (7 interceptions/5 fumbles) so far this season.
Block that kick
After missing two and a half games, the
Roberson has now rushed for 399 yards and passed for 923 in just 17 quarters of action .
With 3,477 yards passing (eighth most at K-State) and 2,242 yards rushing (fourth most and tops among quarterbacks) for his career, Roberson is the only player in K-State history to rush for over 2,000 yards and pass for over 3,000 yards as a Wildcat.
Below are a few more notes on Roberson:
Roberson's 145-yard rushing effort vs.
Roberson's seven 100-yard rushing games leads all quarterbacks at K-State and ranks sixth among all players.
With his two touchdowns at
Roberson ranks second on the team in rushing touchdowns with six despite missing 2.5 games.
On this week's NCAA charts, Roberson would rank sixth in points responsible for (18.8 ppg) and 24th in total offense (264.4 ypg) but has not appeared the required 75 percent of games to qualify. He would also rank as the country's No. 2 rushing quarterback and would place 47th overall with a 79.8 yards per game average.
Chart watching with Ell
Ell Roberson became just the fifth Wildcat to go over the 5,000-yard mark for total offense in a career. Roberson (5,719) needs just 61 yards Saturday to break Lynn Dickey's school record of 5,779.
Roberson also became just the fifth Wildcat and the first quarterback in school history to top 2,000 yards on the ground in a career with his 69-yard rushing performance vs.
With his 145-yard rushing effort vs.
Nothing new for Ell
Ell Roberson's performances thus far in 2003 are nothing new for the senior quarterback. Below are just a few of Roberson's exploits from 2002:
Roberson set a
Roberson set single-play, single-game and single-season records for rushing yards by a K-State quarterback vs. the Huskers. His 91-yard touchdown with 2:27 left in the first quarter 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 surpassed the single-season record for rushing yards by a QB of 748 by Michael Bishop in 1998 and became just the seventh Wildcat to top 1,000 yards in a single season.
With 4,397 total offense yards during 2002, Roberson became just the eighth Wildcat past the 4,000-yard mark in school history.
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.
Junior running back Darren Sproles has gone over 100 yards of all-purpose rushing in 18 of the last 20 games. His only misses during that stretch were vs.
Sproles continues to roll
Junior running back Darren Sproles once again topped the 100-yard rushing barrier vs.
After gaining 74 yard at
Sproles performance vs. Oklahoma State moved the junior within 107 yard of becoming Kansas State's all-time career rushing leader and surpassing Eric Hickson (2,537 yards from 1994-95 to 1997-98). He enters the
Darren Sproles ranks fifth at
With his eight touchdowns so far this season, Sproles has now found the end zone at least once in 11 of K-State last 12 games.
Ten of Sproles' TDs have come on runs over 20 yards, including three over 50. All totaled, the junior is averaging a whopping 18.9 yards per score.
During 2002, Sproles averaged 23.8 yards on his 17 rushing touchdowns.
Darren Sproles' 2002 campaign was filled with one highlight after another, as he gained 1,465 yards on the ground during 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.
During 2002 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. Sproles' 6.18 per-carry average also 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 season.
Cats ride Schwinn in Roberson's absence
With starting quarterback Ell Roberson sidelined the for two games, Jeff Schwinn filled in admirably, passing for 469 yards and completing 31 of 52 attempts. Schwinn made his collegiate debut in a starting roll vs.
Reserve sophomore linebacker Ted Sims may have had the breakout game of his career at
Big Play James
When the Wildcats need to make a long-distance call, they are increasingly dialing the number of senior wide receiver James Terry. Terry, who has hauled in a team-leading 29 receptions in
Through seven games, Terry has already topped 100-yards receiving four times this season and has accounted for nearly 43 percent of K-State's passing yardage and 35 percent of the Cats receptions.
Inside those totals are a number off big plays for the senior, who has already hauled in 11 receptions in excess of 30 yards. He finished the
Overall, Terry has had at least one catch in each of the last 14 games in which he played.
Terry Stacks up with the best
Kansas State James Terry may not receive the same recognition as some of the Big 12's other top receivers but there is little doubt as to his value to the Wildcats. In each of the last three games, K-State has squared off with one of the nation's top receivers. And in each game, Terry has produce better numbers. It started vs.
Buhl having big season
Buhl's 101 total tackles includes 59 solo stops and is 37 more than Kansas State's No. 2 tackler, Bryan Hickman, who has received credit for 64 total tackles. He enters the OSU game ranked ninth on the Wildcats' career tackles chart with 315.
Center Nick Leckey has been a stalwart on the offensive line for
Rheem adding up
Junior place-kicker Joe Rheem has shrugged off a shaky 2002 campaign and has proved to be a reliable weapon thus far in 2003.
Through seven games, Rheem is
For his career, Rheem has scored 165 total points and ranks ninth all-time in scoring at K-State.
He enters the
Casey finished the game with career highs in both receptions and yards, hauling in five balls for 70 yards. Hill's appearance was his first of the year for the