Game Day Vitals: #13 Kansas State at #5 Oklahoma

Sep 15, 2012; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats mascot Willie Wildcat celebrates a touchdown during the Wildcats 35-21 win over the North Texas Mean Green at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-US PRESSWIRE

Game Info
Kansas State (3-0,0-0) at Oklahoma (2-0,0-0)
Saturday, September 22nd
6:50 pm (CST)
Television: FOX Sports
SBN Opponent Blog: Bring On The Cats
Tickets Available: Starting at $77
Kansas State Basics
The Wildcats are 3-0 on the season and ranked 15th in the AP and 13th in the Coaches Polls. Their marquee win so far this season is a 52-13 victory over Miami, FL. The Wildcats are seventh in the Big XII in scoring offense (46 ppg), tenth in passing (203 ypg) and fourth in rushing (251.7 ypg).

Defensively, Kansas State is fifth in the conference in points allowed (14.3 ppg), seventh against the pass (251 ypg) and third against the rush (98.3 ypg). KSU Season Stats

Wildcats Football Schedule

Missouri St. Sat 09/01 W 51 - 9
Miami Sat 09/08 W 52 - 13
North Texas Sat 09/15 W 35 - 21
@ Oklahoma Sat 09/22 6:50 PM CDT

The trip to Norman will be their first road game of the season.

Coaches And Players

Head Coach: Bill Snyder (161-83-1)

Offensive Coordinators: Del Miller (4th season), Dana Dimel (4th season)

Defensive Coordinator: Tom Hayes (2nd season)

Leading Rusher: John Hubert - 43 carries, 318 yards (6.9 ypc), 3 TDs

Leading Receiver: Tramaine Thompson - 13 receptions, 211 yards (16.2 ypc), 3 TDs

Leading Passer: Collin Klein - 43/59/609, 5TDs/2INTs

Leading Tackler: Arthur Brown - 28 Total Tackles, 3 Tackles For Loss

Scouting Report


The Wildcat offense is still centered around Collin Klein (as it should be) and seems to be a bit more potent this year than last season. Hubert's 6.9 yards per carry is going a long way to help make that happen. They're still a run-heavy team, averaging over twice as many rushing attempts to passing attempts per game, and will test Oklahoma's front seven in a mean way. Still, the game plan has to be to bottle up Kansas State on the ground and force them to try and beat you through the air.


KSU has only given up two rushing touchdowns in three games and are one of three Big XII schools holding opponents to less than 100 rushing yards per game. Its not like teams aren't trying either. Through the first three games of the season, Kansas State's opponents have attempted an average of 32 rushing attempts per game and 3.1 yards per attempt.

Defending the pass has been a bit more of a struggle for the Wildcats. Opposing quarterbacks are completing 67% of their passes for an average of 251 yards per game against K-State.

Special Teams

In typical Bill Snyder fashion, the Wildcats are pretty salty on special teams. They are averaging 36.2 yards per punt return and have taken one to the house. They've also gone the distance on a kickoff return with Tyler Lockett averaging 43.2 yards per return.

Senior kicker Anthony Cantele is perfect on PATs and 4-5 on field goal attempts. Mark Krause is averaging 38.5 yards per punt.

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