MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State will look to regroup from a tough loss last week at Nebraska this weekend as sixth-ranked Missouri heads to Bill Snyder Family Stadium for the Wildcats’ 2007 home finale. Saturday’s matchup with Missouri will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net, with Joel Meyers and Dave Lapham calling the action. The contest will also air live across the 31-station K-State Sports Network and on Sirius Satellite Radio, with Wyatt Thompson and Stan Weber calling the action and Matt Walters providing updates from the sidelines.
The Wildcats will look to snap their first two-game losing streak of the season on Saturday as they still remain in solid position for a bowl berth with two games remaining. Saturday afternoon will also mark the final home appearance for 22 seniors as Kansas State looks to send those senior players out with a win in their final contest before the home crowd.
On the offensive side of the football, Kansas State continues to put up solid numbers and get outstanding performances from wide receiver Jordy Nelson and quarterback Josh Freeman. Nelson, who continues to rank second nationally in catches per game (9.9), receiving yards per game (134.7) and total receiving yards (1,347), now holds the Kansas State single-season records for both catches (99) and receiving yards (1,347) and also set the record last week for most 100-yard receiving games in a season with his seventh of the year. The Biletnikoff Award semi-finalist is currently ranked second all-time at Kansas State in both catches and receiving yards for a career and is closing in on those marks.
Freeman, who has set the single-season school record for both attempts (417) and completions (263), is just four yards shy of setting a new mark in passing yards, which is currently held by Michael Bishop (2,844 - 1998), and also now holds the school record for most 300-yard passing games in a season (4). Running back James Johnson, after running for 129 last week in Lincoln, has been impressive over the last five games as he heads into the Missouri game on a roll, averaging 103.4 yards in that span. In fact, last week’s game marked the first time since the 2003 Nebraska matchup that the Wildcats had a 300-yard passer, a 100-yard receiver and a 100-yard rusher in the same game.
On special teams, the Wildcats continue to lead the nation in punt returns, averaging 22.1 yards per return, and also have scored a nation-leading four times. Anchored by Ray Guy Award semi-finalist Tim Reyer, Kansas State heads into the Nebraska game as the Big 12 leader in net punting (38.3) while also checking in at No. 15 this week nationally in punting.
Defensively, Justin Roland and Justin McKinney continue to pace the Wildcats in tackles as McKinney leads the squad with 65 total while Roland is close behind at 61. Fourteen different Wildcats have recorded sacks this season while 10 players have recorded interceptions, four of which have multiple picks.