K-State to play UCLA in Cactus Bowl

Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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PHOENIX (WIBW) -- The Kansas State Wildcats will play UCLA in the Cactus Bowl in Phoenix on Dec. 26.

K-State and UCLA met in the 2015 Alamo Bowl. The Bruins won 40-35 despite a 2nd half comeback attempt from the Wildcats.

UCLA finished the year 6-6 and fired head coach Jim Mora after losing to USC in November.

K-State is 7-5 and looking to win its second bowl game in a row.


Kansas State: CB D.J. Reed has four interceptions and ranks second nationally in kick returns with a 35.3-yard average.

UCLA: QB Josh Rosen's passing average of 337.9 yards per game ranks third in the nation, and he's thrown 26 touchdowns.


Kansas State: The Wildcats are one of the hottest teams in the Big 12 after knocking off then-No. 10 Oklahoma State and Iowa State in its last two games.

UCLA: Interim coach Jedd Fisch will lead the Bruins in the bowl, after which Chip Kelly takes over.


UCLA 40, Kansas State 30 (2015 Alamo Bowl)


Kansas State: Following 11 straight bowls from 1993-2003 under Bill Snyder, the Wildcats have gone to a bowl eight straight years. The Wildcats are 8-12 in bowls.

UCLA: The Bruins are 16-18-1 in bowls, last playing in one in the 2015 Foster Farms.