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2018 Kansas State Wildcats football
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
2018 record5–7 (3–6 Big 12)
Head coachBill Snyder (10th straight, 27th overall season)
Offensive coordinatorAndre Coleman (1st as OC, 6th overall season)
Defensive coordinatorBlake Seiler (1st as DC, 10th overall season)
Home stadiumBill Snyder Family Football Stadium (capacity: 50,000)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →

Template:2018 Big 12 football standings The 2018 Kansas State Wildcats football team represents Kansas State University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Wildcats play their home games at the Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas, and compete in the Big 12 Conference. They are led by head coach Bill Snyder, who is in his 10th season of his current tenure at Kansas State and 27th overall. Before the season began, Snyder signed a 5-year extension.

Previous seasonEdit

The Wildcats finished the 2017 season 8–5, 5–4 in Big 12 play to finish in a four-way tie for fourth place. They were invited to the Cactus Bowl where they defeated UCLA.

SeasonEdit

PreseasonEdit

On December 6, 2017 it was announced that offensive coordinator Dana Dimel was hired as the new head coach for UTEP.[1] Coach Dimel fulfilled his final OC duties for KSU while participating in the Cactus Bowl before moving to his new job.[2] His son Winston Dimel also transferred to UTEP after three seasons at Kansas State.[3]

Award watch listsEdit

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Lott Trophy[4] Denzel Goolsby DB JR
Rimington Trophy[5] Adam Holtorf C JR
Maxwell Award[6] Alex Barnes RB JR
Doak Walker Award[7] Alex Barnes RB JR
Bronko Nagurski Trophy[8] Duke Shelley DB SR
Outland Trophy[9] Dalton Risner OL SR
Wuerffel Trophy[10] Dalton Risner OL SR
Ted Hendricks Award[11] Reggie Walker DE JR

Big 12 media pollEdit

The Big 12 media poll was released on July 12, 2018 with the Wildcats predicted to finish in sixth place.[12]

Media poll
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Oklahoma 509 (46)
2 West Virginia 432 (2)
3 TCU 390 (1)
4 Texas 370 (1)
5 Oklahoma State 300
6 Kansas State 283 (2)
7 Iowa State 250
8 Texas Tech 149
9 Baylor 125
10 Kansas 52

Coaching staffEdit

The following is a list of coaches at Kansas State for the 2018 season.

Name Position Seasons at
Kansas State
Alma Mater
Bill Snyder Head coach 27 (10th consecutive) William Jewell (1963)
Sean Snyder Director Of Football Operations/Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator 25 (overall); (22nd as Director Of Football Operations); (8th as Associate HC) Kansas State (1994)
Andre Coleman Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers 6 (overall and WR Coach); (1st as OC) Kansas State (1993)
Charlie Dickey Co.-OC/Offensive Line 10 (overall); (10th as OL Coach); (1st as Co.-OC) Arizona (1984)
Collin Klein Co.-OC/Quarterbacks 4 (2nd consecutive); (2nd as QB Coach); (1st as Co.-OC) Kansas State (2012)
Zach Hanson Tight Ends 6 (1st consecutive) Kansas State (2011)
Eric Hickson Running Backs 1 Kansas State (1998)
Blake Seiler Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers 10 (2nd as LB Coach); (1st as DC) Kansas State (2006)
Brian Norwood Co.-DC/Secondary 1 (overall); (1st as Co.-DC); (1st as Secondary Coach) Hawaii (1988)
Mo Latimore Interior Defensive Line 35 (25th consecutive); (25th as Interior DL Coach) Kansas State (1971)
Jon Fabris Defensive Ends 4 (2nd consecutive) Ole Miss (1980)
Owen Jordan Offensive GA 3 Lincoln (2015)
Stanton Weber Offensive GA 2 Kansas State (2015)
Jake Vang Defensive GA 6 Kansas State University (2017)
Travis Britz Defensive GA 2 Kansas State (2015)
Chris Dawson Director Of Strength & Conditioning 8 Oklahoma (1994)
Taylor Braet Director Of Football Operations/ Special Teams Quality Control 12 (overall); (7th as Special Teams QC); (5th as Dir. Of Football Operations) Butler (2005)
Kacey Harper Associate Director Of Football Operations 13 (10th Full Time) Kansas State University (2008)
Kelli Krier Assistant Director Of Recruiting 4 Kansas State University (2009)
Taylor Godinet Assistant Director Of Recruiting/ Defensive Quality Control 4 Kansas State (2014)
Drew Liddle Assistant Director Of Recruiting/Offensive Quality Control 3 (1st as Ass. Director Of Recruiting); (1st as Offensive QC) Kansas State (2014)
Matt Thomason Director Of Sports Medicine/Head Trainer 16 (13th as Director Of Sports Medicine) Texas Tech University (2001)
Scott Eilert Director Of Video Services (Football) 26 Kansas State University (1991)
Al Cerbe Head Football Equipment Manager 11 (7th as Equipment Manager) Kansas State University (2010)

RecruitingEdit

The following is a list of the recruits that are on the 2018 roster.

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Christain Duffie
OG
Houston, TX Summer Creek High School 6 ft 3 in (191 cm) 300 lb (140 kg)   Jul 25,
2017 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:N/A   ESPN grade: 77
Spencer Trussell
DE
Arlington, TX James Martin High School 6 ft 3 in (191 cm) 215 lb (98 kg) 5.01 Jul 24,
2017 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:N/A   ESPN grade: 77
Cartez Crook-Jones
DE
Grandview, MO Grandview Senior High School 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) 229 lb (104 kg)   Dec 10,
2017 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:N/A   ESPN grade: 76
Aidan Mills
OT
Newton, KS Newton High School 6 ft 5 in (196 cm) 265 lb (120 kg)     
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:N/A   ESPN grade: 76
Rahsaan York
OLB
Sacramento, CA American River College (JC) 6 ft 0 in (183 cm) 215 lb (98 kg)   Jan 28,
2018 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:N/A   ESPN grade: 76
E.J.Turner
WR
Cartersville, GA Cartersville High School 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) 179 lb (81 kg) 4.86 Dec 19,
2017 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:N/A   ESPN grade: 76
Wayne Jones III
S
Owasso, OK Owasso High School 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) 193 lb (88 kg) 4.73 May 30,
2017 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:N/A   ESPN grade: 76
Lance Robinson
S
New Orleans, LA De La Salle High School 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) 175 lb (79 kg) 4.62 Jun 10,
2017 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:N/A   ESPN grade: 75
JaQuavius Lane
WR
Loganville, GA Grayson High School 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) 167 lb (76 kg)   Aug 21,
2017 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:N/A   ESPN grade: 74
Samuel Wheeler
QB (Dual Threat)
Lanexa, KS St. James Academy 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) 200 lb (91 kg)     
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:N/A   ESPN grade: 74
Kevion McGee
CB
Miami, OK Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (JC) 5 ft 10 in (178 cm) 185 lb (84 kg)   Dec 20,
2017 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:N/A   ESPN grade: 74
Jaylen Pickle
DT
Cimarron, KS Cimarron High School 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) 260 lb (120 kg)   Jun 7,
2017 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:N/A   ESPN grade: 74
John Holcombe
QB (Dual Threat)
Houston, TX Summer Creek High School 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) 238 lb (108 kg) 5.11 Aug 19,
2017 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:N/A   ESPN grade: 73
Derrick Newton
DT
Douglas, GA Coffee High School 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) 268 lb (122 kg)   Dec 20,
2017 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:N/A   ESPN grade: 73
Darreyl Patyerson
CB
Lawton, OK Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (JC) 6 ft 0 in (183 cm) 180 lb (82 kg)   Oct 11,
2017 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:N/A   ESPN grade: 73
E.J. Thomas
CB
Atlanta, GA Carver High School 6 ft 0 in (183 cm) 170 lb (77 kg)   Jul 24,
2017 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:N/A   ESPN grade: 73
Malik Knowles
WR
Mansfield, TX Lake Ridge High School 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) 175 lb (79 kg)   Jan 28,
2018 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:N/A   ESPN grade: 73
Shane Cherry
OT
Hillsboro, MO Grandview High School 6 ft 3 in (191 cm) 300 lb (140 kg)   Dec 10,
2017 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:N/A   ESPN grade: 72
Ekow Boye-Doe
ATH
Lawrence, KS Lawrence High School 6 ft 0 in (183 cm) 170 lb (77 kg)   Oct 30,
2017 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:N/A   ESPN grade: 72
Kaitori Leveston
OT
Waco, TX Midway High School 6 ft 5 in (196 cm) 290 lb (130 kg)   Sep 5,
2017 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:N/A   ESPN grade: 72
Levi Archer
QB (Pocket Passer)
Goodland, KS Goodland High School 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) 185 lb (84 kg)   Jan 28,
2028 
Scout:N/A   Rivals:N/A   ESPN grade: NR
Tyquilo Moore
DT
El Dorado, KS 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) 295 lb (134 kg)     
Scout:N/A   Rivals:N/A   ESPN grade: NR
Luke Sowa
FB
Storrs, CT UConn 6 ft 3 in (191 cm) 245 lb (111 kg)   Dec 20,
2017 
Scout:N/A   Rivals:N/A   ESPN grade: NR
Hunter Rison
WR
East Lansing, MI Michigan State 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) 197 lb (89 kg)     
Scout:N/A   Rivals:N/A   ESPN grade: NR
Overall recruiting rankings:
Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.
Sources:


RosterEdit

Names in bold means player sits out due to NCAA transfer rules. Names in italics means player is a transfer. ESPN roster for the 2018 season.[13]

2018 roster

Quarterbacks

  •  00 Levi Archer – Fr.
  •   3 John Holcombe II – Fr.
  •  5 Alex Delton – Redshirt Jr.
  •  10 Skylar Thompson – Redshirt So.
  • 14 Hunter Hall – Redshirt Jr.
  •  17 Nick Ast – Redshirt Fr.
  •   19 Samuel Wheeler – Fr.

Running Backs

Full Backs

Wide Receivers

  • 2 Isaiah Harris – Redshirt So.
  •  4 JaQuay Lane – Fr.
  • 6 D.J. Render – Redshirt So.
  • 7 Isaiah Zuber – Redshirt Jr.
  • 8 Ryan Henington – Redshirt Fr.
  • 9 Hunter RisonSo.
  • 12 Landry Weber – Redshirt Fr.
  • 13 Chabastin Taylor – Redshirt Fr.
  • 15 Zach Reuter – Sr.
  •  16 E.J. Turner – Fr.
  • 18 Eric Hommel – Redshirt Fr.
  • 19 Colby Moore – Redshirt Sr.
  •  81 Malik Knowles – Fr.
  • 83 Dalton Schoen – Redshirt Jr.

Tight Ends

 

Offensive Line

  • 00 Shane Cherry – Fr.
  • 54 Hayden PerryRedshirt Jr.
  • 61 Abdul BeechamSr.
  • 62 Tyler Mitchell – Redshirt Jr.
  • 63 Ben Adler – Redshirt Fr.
  • 65 Harrison Creed – Redshirt Fr.
  • 66 Aidan Mills – Fr.
  • 68 Bill Kuduk – Redshirt Fr.
  • 70 Jake Helton – Redshirt Fr.
  • 70 Kaitori Leveston – Fr.
  • 71 Dalton Risner – Redshirt Sr.
  • 72 Evan Curl – Redshirt Jr.
  • 73 Christain Duffie – Fr.
  • 74 Scott Frantz – Redshirt Jr.
  • 75 Dylan Couch – Redshirt So.
  • 76 Joshua Rivas – Redshirt Fr.
  • 77 Nick KaltmayerRedshirt Jr.
  • 79 Adam Holtorf – Redshirt Jr.

Defensive Line

  • 40 Spencer Trussell – Fr.
  • 42 Osvelt JosephSr.
  • 44 Kyle Ball – Jr.
  • 48 Ian Nordell – Redshirt Fr.
  • 50 Jordon Roberston – Redshirt So.
  • 51 Reggie Walker – Redshirt Jr.
  • 52 Anthony Payne – Redshirt Fr.
  • 59 Drew Wiley – So.
  • 79 Tyquilo MooreRedshirt So.
  • 81 Wyatt Hubert – Redshirt Fr.
  • 88 Cartez Crook-Jones – Fr.
  • 90 Bronson Massie – Redshirt So.
  • 92 Eli Huggins – Redshirt Fr.
  • 93 Jaylen Pickle – Fr.
  • 95 Derick Newton – Fr.
  • 96 Joe DaviesJr.
  • 97 Logan StoddardSr.
  • 99 Trey Dishon – Redshirt Jr.
 

Linebackers

  •  00 Rahsaan YorkJr.
  •  3 Elijah Sullivan – Jr.
  •  5 Da'Quan PattonRedshirt Jr.
  • 10 Eric Gallon IIRedshirt Jr.
  • 13 Chase Johnston – Redshirt Jr.
  • 32 Justin Hughes – Redshirt Jr.
  • 35 Blake RichmeierRedshirt Jr.
  • 41 Sam Sizelove – Redshirt Sr.
  • 53 Jacob Jenkins – Redshirt Fr.
  • 55 Ian Rudzik – Redshirt So.

Defensive Backs

  •  2 Lance Robinson – Fr.
  • 4 Wayne Jones III – Fr.
  • 4 Jordan NoilSr.
  • 6 Johnathan Durham – Redshirt Jr.
  • 7 Elijah WalkerSr.
  • 8 Duke Shelley – Sr.
  • 9 E.J. Thomas. – Fr.
  • 12 A.J. Parker – Redshirt So.
  • 14 Kevion McGeeJr.
  • 15 Walter Neil Jr. – Redshirt So.
  • 17 Isaiah Stewart – Redshirt Fr.
  • 18 Darreyl PattersonRedshirt Jr.
  • 20 Denzel Goolsby – Redshirt Jr.
  • 21 Kendall Adams – Redshirt Sr.
  • 24 Brock Monty – Redshirt So.
  •  25 Ekow Boye-Doe – Fr.
  • 26 Daron BowlesRedshirt Jr.
  • 28 Ross Elder – Redshirt Fr.
  • 31 Jahron McPhersonRedshirt So.

Punters

Kickers

Place Kicker

Long Snappers

[14]

Kansas State's 2018 football roster consists of 22 transfers. Luke Sowa (Butler CC via UConn), Adam Harter (Butler CC), Hunter Rison (Michigan State), Matt Jones (Butler CC), Hayden Perry (Hutchinson CC), Abdul Beecham (Blinn), Nick Kaltmayer (Western Illinois), Tyquilo Moore (Butler CC), Osvelt Joseph (Garden City CC), Joe Davies (Coffeyville CC), Logan Stoddard (Highland CC), Rahsaan York (American River College), Da'Quan Patton (Trinity Valley CC), Eric Gallon II (Virginia), Blake Richmeier (Butler CC), Darreyl Patterson (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M), Jordan Noil (Hutchinson CC), Elijah Walker (Cerritos CC), Kevion McGee (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M), Daron Bowles (Diablo Valley JC), Jahron McPherson (Butler CC), Devin Anctil (Coffeyville CC) and David Tullis (Butler CC).

ScheduleEdit

The Wildcats will host three non-conference opponents, South Dakota from the Missouri Valley Football Conference, Mississippi State from the Southeastern Conference, and UTSA from Conference USA.

Kansas State announced its 2018 football schedule on October 26, 2017. The 2018 schedule consists of seven home and five away games in the regular season. The Wildcats will host Big 12 foes Texas, Oklahoma State, Kansas, and Texas Tech and will travel to West Virginia, Baylor, Oklahoma, TCU, and Iowa State.

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 16:00 p.m.South Dakota*ESPN3W 27–2450,063
September 811:00 a.m.No. 18 Mississippi State*
  • Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium
  • Manhattan, KS
ESPNL 10-3149,784
September 153:00 p.m.UTSA*
  • Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium
  • Manhattan, KS
FSNW 41-1750,618
September 222:30 p.m.at No. 12 West VirginiaESPNL 6-3559,245
September 292:30 p.m.No. 18 Texas
  • Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium
  • Manhattan, KS
FS1L 14-1949,916
October 62:30 p.m.at BaylorFS1L 34-3736,888
October 1311:00 a.m.Oklahoma Statedagger
  • Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium
  • Manhattan, KS
ESPNUW 31-1250,245
October 272:30 p.m.at No. 8 OklahomaFOXL 14–5186,435
November 32:30 p.m.at TCUFS1L 13-1440,486
November 1011:00 a.m.Kansas
FSNW 21–1750,062
November 172:30 p.m.Texas Tech
  • Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium
  • Manhattan, KS
ESPNUW 21-647,287
November 246:00 p.m.at No. 25 Iowa StateFS1L 38-4254,430
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time
Schedule Source:[15]

Game summariesEdit

South DakotaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Coyotes 10 14 0 0 24
Wildcats 3 9 0 15 27



Overall record Last meeting Result
4–0 2015 W, 34–0


Kansas State's Isaiah Zuber was credited for saving the game with two key plays: an 85-yard punt return with South Dakota leading 24-12. Later in the game Zuber caught a touchdown pass from Skylar Thompson with 7:21 left to give K-State its first lead of the second half.

Kansas State scored all but seven of its points on field goals and special teams. Sophomore kicker Blake Lynch scored Kansas State's first 12 points on field goals of 22, 24, 38 and 44 yards. Kansas State racked up 13 penalties for 129 yards, but maintained more control of the ball with 37:39 of offense compared to South Dakota's 22:21.[16] going over 100 years for the first time since 2016 against Florida Atlantic.[17]

Among the penalties committed by Kansas State had significant impact on the game. An illegal block negated a punt-return touchdown by Duke Shelley; holding penalties erased first downs; and an Eli Walker interception was taken away by a pass-interference penalty and Walker was subsequently flagged for spiking the football.[18]

South Dakota quarterback Austin Simmons threw for 257 yards and one touchdown, continually finding receiver Levi Falck (11 catches, 140 yards) open against top K-State cornerback Duke Shelley. The Coyotes led 24-12 at halftime.[19] ESPN reported "... one solid takeaway is how well the Coyotes were in control for much of the game. They did a great job limiting the Kansas State offense for three quarters and had many Kansas State fans, players and coaches frustrated throughout the night."[17]

Mississippi StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 18 Bulldogs 3 14 7 7 31
Wildcats 3 0 7 0 10



Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 1977 L, 21–24
(MSU later forfeited)


Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald made his first appearance on the football fields since November 2017, when a foot injury sidelined him for the season and a 1-game suspension kept him out of the season opener. Fitzgerald threw for 154 yards with two touchdowns and ran for another 159 yards. Mississippi State compiled a total of 538 yards of total offense where Kansas State only managed 213.

Kansas State continued with its two-quarterback system, switching snaps between Skylar Thompson and Alex Delton. Kansas State running back Alex Barnes managed 75 yards rushing, but the Wildcats fell short to lose the game 31-10.[20]

UTSAEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Roadrunners 7 0 0 10 17
Wildcats 10 17 14 0 41



Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2015 W, 30–3


Kansas State achieved a "confidence builder" by pulling together with a victory over San Antonio. Sophomore Skylar Thompson shared quarterback duties again with Alex Delton, but made more of a statement for his role with the team by throwing for 216 yards and rushing for 66—producing two touchdowns by the air and a third on the ground. After losing the ball on a fumble, Delton entered the game and hit Isaiah Zuber for a 72-yard touchdown, placing the Wildcats well ahead by a score of 41-7. Kansas State scored in five of six possessions in the first half.[21] The final score was Kansas State 41, San Antonion 17.[22]

On defense, San Antonio gave up over 400 yards to Kansas State and dropped their record to 0-3, where Kansas State advanced to 2-1 for the season. San Antonio Coach Frank Wilson said, "Unfortunately we did not always execute to the fullest, but I think take away a couple of big-play opportunities, they weren't going methodically down the field and just shoving us around. We held them to some third-down opportunities, but we just couldn't get them off the field."[22]

at West VirginiaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 0 3 3 6
No. 12 Mountaineers 7 14 14 0 35



Overall record Last meeting Result
5–3 2017 L, 23–28


West Virginia had originally planned to have a game the previous week against North Carolina State, but it was cancelled due to Hurricane Florence. The team and coaches began preparations against Kansas State early. Mountaineer Coach Dana Holgorsen said, "Kansas State's a tough outfit that we've got to prepare for."[23]

Both teams started conference play with this game. Kansas State entered the game with a record of 2–1[24] where West Virginia had already secured victories against Tennessee (40–14) and Youngstown State (523–-17)."[23] This game is the ninth meeting between the two teams with the Wildcats holding a 5-3 overall lead. The teams have split the four games played at West Virginia.[25]

West Virginia managed to take control of the game mid-way through the second quarter after Kansas State failed to convert on fourth down. West Virginia ended ahead at the half 21–0.[26] Kansas State managed control the ball more on offense but it wasn't enough, as West Virginia achieved 464 total yards compared to Kansas State's 318. Although West Virginia had four turnovers to Kansas State's one, the Wildcats lost 69 yards on 8 penalties compared to the Mountaineer's 35 yards on 3 penalties. West Virginia was 8-12 on third down conversions compared to Kansas State's 3-14.[27]

In the second half of play, Kansas State was successful with two field goals and additional scores by the Mountaineers put the game to a conclusion of West Virginia's victory 35–6.[26]

TexasEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 18 Longhorns 7 12 0 0 19
Wildcats 0 0 7 7 14



Overall record Last meeting Result
10–8 2017 L, 34–40


Texas lost their first game on the road at Maryland and then won their next three games at home, and their last two victories came against ranked teams—No. 22 Southern California and No. 17 TCU. But the travel games (especially in this series) have not been in the Longhorn's favor. The home team has won last six games between the two teams and Texas has not won in Manhattan since 2002.[28]

Texas was the only team to score in the first half of play, with two touchdowns, a field goal, and a safety. Kansas State had a chance to score a touchdown on the final play of the first half when Alex Delton threw a pass to Adam Harter that was dropped in the end zone. The score at the half was Texas 19, Kansas State 0.[29]

Kansas State fared better in the second half, holding Texas scoreless and replacing Alex Delton with Skylar Thompson. Thompson led Kansas State to score two touchdowns in the second half with 14 points. In the end, Texas held the lead with a final score of 19-14.[30] For the next week Texas played Oklahoma after stopping the second-half comeback by Kansas State.[31]

at BaylorEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 7 7 0 20 34
Bears 3 9 8 17 37



Overall record Last meeting Result
9–6 2017 W, 33–20


Baylor held a slight edge in the pregame analysis. Coming into the game Baylor was considered better than they were at this same time last year and has won 3 games (Kansas, Texas-San Antonio, and Abilene Christian), the Bears have also lost 2 (Duke, Oklahoma). In Baylor's previous game against Oklahoma, they achieved 493 yards of offense in their loss—something expected to be a challenge for Kansas State on defense.[32]

The game started with Kansas State holding the lead at the end of the first and second quarters. Baylor pulled ahead in the third quarter but missed several field goals. Baylor's Charlie Brewer threw for 296 yards and Kansas State's Alex Barnes rushed for 250 yards[33] (he ran for 129 yards and four touchdowns in the 2016 matchup also at Baylor).[34]

Kansas State had its share of mistakes: K-State missed a field goal and an extra point and were also ineffective on kickoff returns. Kansas State also gave up a fumble on the kickoff return after a controversial play review to start the third quarter and Baylor scored a touchdown two plays later.[35] Wildcat turnovers and penalties led to three touchdowns for Baylor.[36] They also had problems with a punt return they recovered and an extra point was blocked.[34]

Baylor's Connor Martin had a rough day as the kicker, missing three field goals and an extra point, yet among all that he ended up kicking the game-winning field goal from 29 yards with 8 seconds left in the game. The final score was a Baylor victory, 37-34.[34]

Oklahoma StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 3 3 0 6 12
Wildcats 0 3 14 14 31



Overall record Last meeting Result
25–39 2017 W, 45–40


The Oklahoma State Cowboys came in to the game after a loss the previous week to Iowa State by a score of 48-42, and that loss put extra pressure on the Cowboys to win coming into the game. Some of the issues the Cowboys brought in to the include lack of discipline, a disconnected defense, and a failure to force turnovers on defense. The 2018 loss to Iowa State had many similarities to the 2017 game between Oklahoma State and Kansas State that resulted in a K-State victory 45-40.[37]

Those issues carried through into the game as Oklahoma State produced its worst offensive performance since 2014.[38] The score at halftime put Oklahoma State ahead 6-3, but strong performance by the Wildcats in the second half helped take Kansas State to a victory 31-12.[39] Kansas State's Skylar Thompson completed 11-of-22 passes for 130 yards and the offense achieved 291 yards on 55 carries.[38]

at OklahomaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 7 0 7 14
No. 8 Sooners 17 17 14 3 51



Overall record Last meeting Result
19–75–4 2017 L, 42–35


Kansas State was able to take a week of rest between the previous win against Oklahoma State and their next game against Oklahoma.[39] Oklahoma's new defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill was able to simplify the defensive plan which helped turn out good results against Texas Christian in the previous week with a Sooner victory 52-27. K-State's Coach Snyder commented: "They're very much the same football team that they were on the defensive side of the ball, on both sides actually, but certainly on the defensive side. I saw some tweaks, a few things, that you might consider to be changes -- don't know if they're changes or are just there and hadn't surfaced previously. But by and large, it's the same defense."[40]

When the game rolled around, both the offense and the defense for Oklahoma performed to control the game from start to finish, with a final score of 51-14 and an Oklahoma win.[41]

at TCUEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 7 0 0 6 13
Horned Frogs 7 0 7 0 14



Overall record Last meeting Result
5–6 2017 L, 6–26


When the two Big 12 conference teams that both wear purple got together for the 2018 matchup, Kansas State lost quarterback Skylar Thompson to an injury in the first quarter and the Wildcats wen to backup Alex Delton. Kansas State kept the game close but missed a PAT leaving the score 14-13 in favor of TCU. "Of course I feel horrible for him," Snyder said. "He's one of the young guys. He didn't lose the ballgame for us. There were a bunch of us that made mistakes that contributed." With the loss, K-State was left in a position to win the last three games in order to be eligible for post-season bowl games.[42]

KansasEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Jayhawks 0 3 7 7 17
Wildcats 0 0 14 7 21



Overall record Last meeting Result
45–65–5 2017 W, 30–20


The Jayhawks outgained the Wildcats in total yardage 347-301, but it wasn't enough. A Kansas offensive drive began with 8:29 remaining began with four penalties on their first three snaps. A Holding Penalty reversed a 74-yard Khalil Herbert run and a false start on the next play added to the situation. On the third play of the drive, KU's Williams ran for 60 yards, but center Alex Fontana was penalized for holding. The fourth penalty happened when KU's tight end Mavin Saunders tried to hide the penalty flag, bringing a call for unsportsmanlike conduct. Kansas State ended up winning their tenth consecutive Sunflower Showdown by a score of 21-17.[43]

Texas TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Red Raiders 6 0 0 0 6
Wildcats 0 10 5 6 21



Overall record Last meeting Result
9–9 2017 W, 42–35


The Red Raiders experienced their fourth consecutive loss when traveling to Manhattan. Tech was without starting quarterback Alan Bowman and offensive players Connor Killian and Mason Reed were also out. Tech ran the ball 26 times for 31 yards and has not had a ball carrier reach 65 yards iun the past seven games. Tech's 181 yards of total offesne was the lowest output since 2010 against the Texas Longhorns.[44]

Kansas State held a solid lead late in the fourth quarter and ran a tackle-eligible play to right tackle Dalton Risner. Although Risner took the ball to the end zone, officials reviewed the play and declared that it was a forward pass. The ruling resulted in a penalty for illegal touching and it took away the TD. K-State's Lynch then was successful on his final field goal.[45]

Kansas State kicker Blake Lynch had not completed a successful field goal in a game for nearly two months, but managed to match a career-high with four straight and added an extra point. A blocked punt by Kansas State's Brock Monty added to K-State's success with a final victory of 21-6.[46]

at Iowa StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 21 10 7 38
Cyclones 7 7 7 21 42



Overall record Last meeting Result
48–49–4 2017 W, 20–19


In the week before the final regular season game for Kansas State, Iowa State jumped K-State in the standings, ranked 25th. The Cyclones come off a disappointing loss at Texas, but had won five of its past six. Kansas State seeks its sixth victory in the game with a chance to become bowl-eligible for its ninth consecutive season. Weather forecast for the night game at Jack Trice Stadium are for cold temperatures. “We have won two in a row and have a little momentum going,” K-State running back Alex Barnes said. “Iowa State is going to be a tough game. It’s going to be another cold game, too. It’s a night game. It’s all lined up for us to do pretty good. We just have to go out there and do it.”[47]

Iowa State's loss at Texas Saturday brought an end to the Cyclones' hopes for a spot in the Big 12 Conference title game and they also fell in the College Football Playoff rankings from #16 to #25. K-State's Coach Snyder came into the game 22-4 all-time against Iowa State and 9-0 since his return in 2009.[48] For this matchup, the pre-game consensus was that the Cyclones are favored by 14 points over the Wildcats.[47]

After a slow start, Kansas State held a solid lead for most of the game. Kansas State had racked up a 17-point lead with only 12 minutes remaining in the game. From there, Iowa State's Mike Rose grabbed a loose ball and ran it in for a touchdown. The Cyclones controlled the game from that point to rally with 21 unanswered points. The final score was an Iowa State victory, 42-38.[49]

StatisticsEdit

ScoringEdit

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Scores against the Big 12
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Kansas State 0



Scores against all opponents
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RankingsEdit

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