Coming off a 35-12 win over West Virginia, K-State looks to make it two straight in Big 12 play as it hosts Iowa State Saturday on Fort Riley Day. The game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium is slated for a 2:30 p.m., kickoff and will be televised nationally on FOX Sports 1 with Justin Kutcher (play-by-play), James Bates (analyst) and Brady Popinga (sidelines) on the call. Wyatt Thompson will call the action on the K-State Sports Network with Stan Weber providing color analysis and Matt Walters giving sideline updates. A free live audio broadcast is available at k-statesports.com and on SIRIUS/XM satellite radio channels 138/197. Additionally, K-State Gameday, hosted by Brian Smoller and former K-State greats Nick Leckey and Jon McGraw, will begin at 1:30 p.m., on K-StateHD.TV.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE WILDCATS
The Wildcats used a strong second half, including a 21-point fourth quarter outburst, to pick up a 35-12 win over West Virginia last weekend. K-State was a combined 18-of-21 through the air for 291 yards and four touchdowns from quarterbacks Jake Waters and Daniel Sams, while receivers Tyler Lockett and Curry Sexton both eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark in the game.
K-State won the turnover battle on Saturday, forcing three Mountaineer turnovers, while the defense turned in yet another solid performance on the day. West Virginia was limited to 367 total yards (103 on the ground) while the Wildcats held the Mountaineers to just a 45 percent completion percentage and limited WVU to just four third-down conversions on 15 tries.
On the defensive side of the ball, Ryan Mueller, Blake Slaughter and Ty Zimmerman continue to have stellar seasons as Slaughter leads the team in tackles with 61. Mueller leads the Big 12 with 6.0 sacks, while Slaughter and Zimmerman (55) are both among the league's top five tacklers. Zimmerman is coming off a big game as he finished with 12 stops, a pass breakup and a forced fumble.
The special teams units have been solid again so far this season with the Wildcats' punt return unit ranking No. 1 nationally this week, averaging 21.7 yards per return. K-State also has a nation-leading four total blocked kicks this season. In the kicking game, Jack Cantele is 5-for-6 in field goals, including a career-long 42-yarder, while punter Mark Krause, a Ray Guy Award candidate, is averaging 42.0 yards a kick with 11 being downed inside the 20-yard line.