At long last, it’s happening.
Here we go:
Week 4: Kansas State Wildcats
Kickoff: Saturday, September 23, 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: Bill Snyder Family Stadium — Manhattan, Kansas
TV: FS1 — Eric Collins (PxP) and Devin Gardner (analyst). Same crew as in the Kent State and Boise State games
Radio: FM 96.9 The Game — Marc Daniels (PxP), Gary Parris (analyst) and Scott Adams (sideline)
Series: K-State leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: 2010 — 17-13 K-State in Manhattan
It was a tough one, not the least of which because of some epic weather:
It was a classic pre-2017 close call vs. a P5 team: Two missed field goals and the game-winning TD with 24 seconds left. Spleens were ruptured.
About the Wildcats
This Season: 2-1. Picked second in the preseason conference poll.
Last Week: Lost to Mizzou 30-27 on a 61-yard-field goal at the gun.
61-YARD FIELD GOAL FOR THE WIN. MIZZOU PULLS OFF THE UPSET pic.twitter.com/WPufaLijjF— CBS Sports College Football (@CBSSportsCFB) September 16, 2023
5th year at K-State | 104-34 (32-21 at KSU)
Klieman, who won four national titles in five years at FCS North Dakota State, is coming off his best season at K-State, where they won the conference over College Football Playoff participant TCU and finished with 10 wins. He took over for the legendary Bill Snyder after his second stint at K-State.
Fun Fact: In five seasons at North Dakota State, Klieman’s teams went 69-6 and only failed to win a natty once, losing in the semis in 2016 to James Madison, who is now in FBS. He went 15-0 in his last season at NDSU.
Offense: RB Treshaun Ward
5-10 Senior | Plant City, Florida
Ward transferred to K-State from Florida State, where he ran for 1100+ yards and 11 TDs the last two seasons combined, second among FSU’s backs each of the last two seasons. He’s second on the Wildcats in rushing yards but first in carries
This season: 37 carries, 168 yards, 4.5 yards/rush, 1 TD
Defense: DE Khalid Duke
6-4 Senior | Atlanta, Georgia
Duke leads the Wildcats with three sacks on the year, already equal to his total from last year, which was second-best on the team. He also had 44 tackles (32 solo) in 2022.
This season: Six tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble
In case you were wondering...
K-State’s stadium is named after their great head coach Bill Snyder, who led the Cats for two stints (1989-2005 and 2009-2018), going 215-117-1 in 27 total seasons.
Snyder led K-State to bowl games 19 times, won two Big 12 titles, and accounts for 38% of K-State’s total wins and 18 of the program’s 40 winning seasons over its 127 years playing football.
If you want a really good look back at how K-State became K-State, this documentary, “Miracle in Manhattan”, is worth a watch.