K-State Holds Final Texas Bowl Practice

HOUSTON, Texas With preparations winding down for Thursday’s Texas Bowl meeting with No. 16 Rutgers, the Kansas State Wildcats held an intense, up-tempo practice at the Methodist Training Center at Reliant Park Tuesday afternoon.

The two and one-half hour practice in full pads on the Houston Texans’ grass fields was the final full-speed workout before the bowl game for head coach Ron Prince and the Wildcats, who drilled outdoors under sunny skies for the first time since leaving Manhattan after being forced indoors the past two days due to inclement weather.

K-State worked extensively on game situations throughout the practice in both 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 packages.

Afterward, Prince and several players took time to visit with both the local Houston media as well as numerous Kansas and New York/New Jersey media outlets that made the trek to Texas to cover the bowl.

During the interview session, Prince pointed out how instrumental K-State’s senior leadership has been during the 2006 campaign and how excited the Wildcats are to be playing in the Texas Bowl.

“These seniors were part of the 2003 Big 12 Championship team and they just had a mentality throughout the season that they wanted to get back to the postseason this year,” said Prince. “I think the kids are excited to be here.”

Prince also talked about what a great fit the Texas Bowl has been for Kansas State.

“We’re excited about the opponent,” Prince said. “The venue is perfect for us an NFL city deep in the heart of where we like to recruit and we’re happy to be in the Texas Bowl. We think it’s a great chance to get our eighth win.”

Following the practice, Kansas State boarded its team busses and headed 20 miles west of Houston to George Historical Ranch and joined the Rutgers football program for Rodeo Bowl 2006. Sponsored by the Texas Bowl, the Rodeo Bowl featured a number of rodeo-inspired team competitions and a barbeque dinner.

Kansas State is hoping that the outcome at the Rodeo Bowl is harbinger of good things to come for Thursday’s Texas Bowl as K-State edged Rutgers, 4-3, during the team competition that included such events as a cow chip toss, calf herding, stick-horse racing and horseshoes, among others.

The Wildcats will conduct a final walk-thru on Wednesday morning at Reliant Stadium before attending the Kansas State Texas Bowl pep rally at Reliant Arena later in the afternoon.

Kansas State and Rutgers will tee it up in the Texas Bowl on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Reliant Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by the NFL Network.