Top 10 Moments | November 2014

With that being said, here are a few moments K-State Sports Extra has highlighted as November's greatest:
10. Football wins sixth consecutive Sunflower Showdown
The weather was perfect for K-State's final game of 2014 in Bill Snyder Family Stadium, and on Nov. 29, the Wildcats defeated Kansas, 51-13.
It marked the sixth consecutive year the Wildcats have defeated the Jayhawks, and pushed head coach Bill Snyder's record to 19-4 against KU.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback presented the trophy to the Wildcats after Saturday's win. 
"Governor Brownback, he presents the Governor's Cup to the winning team every year, and since I've been here and since he's been in office, he told us that he hadn't given it to anyone else other than Kansas State," said senior linebacker Jonathan Truman. "And I think that's a special thing."
9. Marcus Foster Scores Game-High 24 Points vs. Purdue
On Nov. 24, Wildcat sophomore Marcus Foster helped K-State to an 88-79 win over Purdue at the EA Sports Maui Invitational where he put away a season-high 24 points. 
It marked the ninth time in his Wildcat career that Foster has tallied 20-plus points in a game, but his first time during the 2014-15 season. It marked Foster's 30th career double-digit scoring game, his third double-digit game this season, and he has now led the team in scoring 18 times in his career. 
So far this season, Foster is averaging a team-leading 14.7 points per game and has shot 18-of-36 from behind the arc (.500). 
8. Laura Galvan Concludes Cross Country Career with Trip to NCAAS
With a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional meet on Nov. 14, K-State cross country's Laura Galvan earned an at-large bid to this year's NCAA Championship meet on Nov. 22, in Terre Haute, Indiana. 
Her berth into the NCAA Championship marked the second time Galvan competed in the national meet, as the Guanajuato, Mexico, native first competed at the NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country Championships as a sophomore in 2012.
Her trip back was hard earned and long anticipated.
"Just qualifying was a bit of a relief,' head coach Ryun Godfrey said. "This has been really important to her. It's her last year, and she wanted everything to go perfectly. She was really excited to make it back."
The lone Wildcat to compete at the NCAA Championship meet this season, Galvan concluded her Wildcat career placing 129th overall with a 6K time of 21:25.2. 
7. Women's Basketball Opens 2014-15 Season 4-0
K-State women's basketball is on a roll as the team has opened the 2014-15 season a perfect 4-0 record. With wins over SIUE, UMKC, Hampton and, most recently, UTEP, the Wildcats and new head coach Jeff Mittie have outscored opponents a total of 284-180 this season (an average of 71 points per game), while two Wildcats, sophomore guard Breanna Lewis (12.3) and senior guard Ashia Wooda (10.0), are averaging points in the double digits. 
It marks the first time K-State has started a season 4-0 since the 2012-13 season, and, after having two games canceled due to a facility conflict at the Harwood Tournament of Hope in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the Wildcats will be back in action on Thursday, Dec. 4, with a matchup against UT-Arlington in Bramlage Coliseum at 7 p.m.
6. Tyler Lockett Earns Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors
In K-State's 26-20 win over West Virginia on Nov. 20, a stellar performance from senior wide receiver Tyler Lockett earned him Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week accolades. It marked the seventh time in his career he earned the honor, his second time this season and K-State's fifth time this season. 
A product of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Lockett totaled 321 all-purpose yards against West Virginia, thanks to a pair of punt returns for 66 yards - including a 43-yard touchdown - three kickoff returns for 59 yards and 196 receiving yards on 10 catches. 
Lockett is currently the nation's leading punt returner with a 19.8 return average, while his touchdown return was his second of the season - ranking second nationally and third in school history.
5. Volleyball Selected for NCAA Tournament
On Nov. 30, the NCAA Selection Committee announced K-State volleyball would take on Pac 12 foe Utah (19-12, 9-11 Pac 12) on Friday, Dec. 5, at 4:30 p.m., for the NCAA Tournament's first round in Lincoln, Nebraska.
This season marks the 15th time in school history that K-State has advanced to the NCAA Tournament and the 10th time under head coach Suzie Fritz. 
"We're thrilled," said K-State head coach Suzie Fritz after learning the news. "Any time you get a chance to be in the tournament and to be one of 64 teams still playing volleyball in December, you have to be excited about it. No matter what's happened up until this point, everybody is starting all over, and we like the opportunity." 
4. Zumach Breaks K-State Record
In K-State's 3-0 sweep over TCU on Nov. 22, freshman Kylee Zumach recorded a match-high 13 kills to help her break the K-State record for most kills in a season by a freshman. Her 406 kills so far this season are a team best and are the most by any Wildcat since the 2011 season.
"I come here every day and just try to do my job the best that I can," said Zumach. "I am not focused on the number of kills I get. I am focused on how I can best help the team. I could not be here without (setter) Katie Brand our liberos, and everyone else. My success just reflects on how well they are doing too."
Zumach's 406 kills passed Cari Jensen on the K-State all-time list who, as a freshman in 2000, recorded a total of 376 kills. 
3. K-State Athletics Breaks Ground for Vanier Football Complex
At halftime of the Sunflower Showdown against Kansas, K-State Athletics broke ground for the Vanier Football Complex project at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
The ceremonial turning of dirt featured President Kirk Schulz, Athletics Director John Currie and special guests to the program. 
"The excitement and passion of the Wildcat Nation regarding the Vanier Football Complex has been phenomenal, and we appreciate the support of K-Staters world-wide in the fundraising aspect of this project," said Currie. "We have made tremendous progress and are excited to officially break ground and move forward with this project, which will not only enhance the World-Class Student-Athlete Experience for our students-athletes but also further impact on our goal of providing the Best Fan Experience in the Big 12."
Fundraising momentum for the Vanier Football Complex, which is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2015 football season, continues to move forward at an encouraging pace. Wildcat fans have demonstrated their enthusiasm for the project by committing more than $48 million in funding toward the department's goal of $50 million in philanthropic support. The estimated full project cost is $69 million, while no tax or tuition dollars will be used. 
2. Tyler Lockett Continues to Break K-State Records
In K-State's win over Kansas, Tyler Lockett continued to break school records. His nine catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns put him at No. 1 in K-State history in both career receptions and career touchdowns. His current 222 career receptions passed his dad, Kevin Lockett, for the No. 1 spot while his 26 touchdowns are tied for No. 1 with his father. 
Earlier this month at TCU, Tyler broke the K-State career receiving yard record and after three consecutive 100-plus receiving yard games (vs. TCU, West Virginia and KU) he now has a K-State best 3,388 career receiving yards. The record was previously held by Kevin, who recorded a total of 3,032 yards during his Wildcat career.
Lockett now needs just one touchdown to become No. 1 in all three of K-State's major receiving categories. 
1. K-State Volleyball, Football Celebrate its seniors
On Saturday, Nov. 29, K-State Athletics celebrated the careers of 22 football seniors and four volleyball seniors as each team celebrated Senior Day at their respective events. 
Saturday marked the final time each of these seniors competed on their home territory before their passionate fans. 
"I did better than I hoped," said football offensive lineman B.J. Finney after K-State's win over KU. "I didn't shed a tear until I talked with Coach (Bill Snyder) before running out there. Then it really hit me as we were taking that victory lap and thanking the fans (after the game) that that was it as for playing at home. Then, the emotions started getting pretty high when we got in the locker room. All the seniors just couldn't believe it was over."
K-State volleyball celebrated middle blockers Natali Jones and Taylor Johnson, outside hitter Chelsea Keating and defensive specialist/libero Gina Madonia while football celebrated Joseph Bonugli (DB), Valentino Coleman (DL), Laton Dowling (DE), Randall Evans (DB), B.J. Finney (OL), Taylor Godinet (DL), Weston Heibert (DB), Kason Hostrup (OL), Dakorey Johnson (LB), Drew Liddle (OL), Tyler Lockett (WR), Ryan Mueller (DE), Zach Nemechek (TE), DeAndre Roberts (DL), DeMarcus Robinson (RB), Dylan Schellenberg (DB), Curry Sexton (WR), David Smith (LB), Zach Trujillo (TE), Jonathan Truman (LB), Jake Waters (QB), and Adam Weber (FB).
K-State's head coach Suzie Fritz embraces Taylor Johnson during Senior Day after the match against West Virginia at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas on November 29, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
  

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