K-STATE OPENS BIG 12 PLAY BY TRAVELING TO NO. 3 OKLAHOMA Following a late season opener and a quick bye week, Kansas State begins its nine-game Big 12 schedule by traveling to Norman to face No. 3 Oklahoma (1-0) on Saturday inside Memorial Stadium. The game will kick at 11 a.m., and will be shown nationally on FOX with Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Joel Klatt (analyst) and Jenny Taft (sidelines) on the call. The game can be heard across the 39-station K-State Sports Network with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play), former K-State quarterback Stan Weber (analyst) and Matt Walters (sidelines) calling the action. Nationally, the game will be broadcast by Westwood One with Ted Emrich (playby-play) and James Laurinaitis (analyst) on the call. Fans can also catch the game on SiriusXM (S: 121, X: 380, Internet: 970) in addition to the TuneIn app. A LOOK AT K-STATE • K-State is looking to rebound from a 35-31 last-minute loss to Arkansas State on Sept. 12. • Playing in their latest season opener since 1992, the Wildcats dropped just their fourth season opener in the last 31 years and their second home opener during that same span. • K-State enters conference play with 47 returning letter winners – including 12 starters – from a year ago that ended tied for third in the competitive Big 12 with a 5-4 record. • Among the 47 returning letter winners are eight players that earned All-Big 12 honors last season, including first team selections Wyatt Hubert (DE), Nick Lenners (FB/TE) and Joshua Youngblood (KR). • Senior quarterback Skylar Thompson is in line to make his 29th career start against the Sooners. He is one of just four quarterbacks in school history to throw for 4,000 career yards and rush for 1,000 career yards, but he was the only one to do so prior to entering his senior campaign. • Senior running back Harry Trotter earned the start against Arkansas state and had a team-high 16 carries, but it was true freshman Deuce Vaughn that led the team in rushing, which included his first-career touchdown. He became the first true freshman in school history to score a touchdown in a season opener. • Defensively, Hubert added to his career sack total, which now stands at 12.5. His 0.50 career sacks is tied for fourth nationally among active players. • Senior linebacker Justin Hughes, who was playing in his first game in 658 days, tied for team high honors with six tackles against the Red Wolves. • Nickelback Will Jones II did have any tackles but made a major impact in his first start by blocking a punt and recording an interception, the first Wildcat to do both in the same game since 2008. • Place kicker Blake Lynch went 1-for-3 on fi eld goals against Arkansas State but still ranks second in school history and fifth nationally among active players with his 85.0% conversion rate.
A K-STATE WIN WOULD… • Push the Wildcats to 12-13 all-time in Big 12 openers and be the first since a 33-20 win over Baylor in 2017. • Give the Wildcats’ their 11th win in their first Big 12 road game since the league’s inception in 1996 and the first since winning at Iowa State in 2014. • Be the first ever on the road over a team ranked in the top three of the AP Top 25, and the first overall since topping No. 1 Oklahoma in the 2003 Big 12 Championship. • Be the first time the Wildcats have consecutive wins over the Sooners since a five-game winning streak from 1993 to 1997. • Make K-State 3-2 in Norman since 2012.
OPENING KICK u No. 3/3 Oklahoma looks to avenge its only 2019 regular season loss when it hosts Kansas State on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT at Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The game will be televised by FOX with Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft announcing. u OU has won seven straight Big 12 openers and 11 of its last 12. Its last Big 12-opening defeat came to No. 15 Kansas State in Norman in 2012 (24-19). u Oklahoma (13) and Kansas State (two) have combined for 15 Big 12 championships in the league’s first 24 years (they shared the 2012 crown). u OU is the only program to win at least three straight Big 12 titles, and has done so twice (2006-08 and 2015-19). Its current streak of five straight outright league championships is the longest among Power Five programs since Alabama won five in a row from 1971 to ’75 (Clemson is also riding a five-game outright streak [ACC]). The last time the Sooners won at least six consecutive conference championships was 1972-80 under head coaches Chuck Fairbanks (1972) and Barry Switzer. The last current Power Five program to win six straight outright conference titles is Oklahoma (12 in a row from 1948 to ’59). u OU is 19-1 at home under fourth-year head coach Lincoln Riley. Its only such defeat was a 38-31 decision against Iowa State on Oct. 7, 2017. The Sooners have won 17 straight at home since. u Oklahoma owns a 76-20-4 (.780) all-time record and a 13-6 (.684) Big 12-era mark against Kansas State, the highest winning percentages by a Wildcats’ opponent among current Big 12 programs. In fact, no other current Big 12 program has a winning record against K-State since the league began in 1996. u OU’s 76 all-time wins against Kansas State are its third most among all opponents (89 vs. Oklahoma State and 77 vs. Kansas). The Sooners have won 10 of the last 13 matchups vs. K-State and 13 of the last 17. u The road team has won six of the last nine meetings in the OU-Kansas State series, but the home team has won three of the last four, including each of the last two. u Oklahoma is 41-4 (.911) in regular season Big 12 play since the start of the 2015 season (when Riley arrived in Norman). The next best record during that span is 28-17 (.622) by Oklahoma State. OU is also 3-0 in Big 12 Championship games during the period. u The Sooners are 70-13-2 overall and 32-3 at home as the No. 3 team in the AP poll. Against unranked opponents, OU is 47-6 (24-3 at home) as the AP’s No. 3 squad.
KEY STORYLINES u Oklahoma has won more Big 12 championships over the last 21 years (13) than it has lost home games. OU is 120-10 (.923) at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium since the start of the 1999 season, with all 130 of those games sellouts. It is the best home winning percentage among Power Five schools over the last 21 seasons (Ohio State is next at .892). OU has outscored its opponents by an average of 43-17 in those games. No school has won more than two Big 12 titles since the Sooners won their first in 2000. u The Sooners will be looking to avenge their only 2019 regular season loss when they host the Wildcats. OU took a 10-0 lead last year in Manhattan but was outscored 48-31 the rest of the way, including 34-6 in the second and third quarters, in a 48-41 defeat that snapped OU’s nation-leading 22- game true road winning streak and marked K-State’s first home win in the series since 1996 (had lost seven straight). u OU redshirt freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler will look to build on a highly successful first career start against Missouri State two weeks ago. In one half of action, Rattler, the consensus No. 1 QB in the 2019 recruiting class, completed 14 of 17 pass attempts (two touchdown drops) for 290 yards and four TDs without an interception en route to being named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week. His 303.3 passing efficiency rating is the best in the nation this season by 50 points and set Big 12 and OU freshman records. u Oklahoma’s defense made huge strides under first-year coordinator Alex Grinch last season and got off to a suffocating in this year’s opener vs. Missouri State. OU’s 48-0 win represents one of just six shutouts nationally so far this year, and the Sooners rank first in the country in yards allowed (135.0), pass efficiency defense (67.3 rating) and opponent third-down conversion percentage (.000; 0 for 11), second in passing defense (81.0 ypg), third in yards per play (2.93) and fourth in rushing defense (54.0). u The Sooners have won more Big 12 titles the last five seasons (five) than they have lost games against Big 12 opponents (44-4 record; includes three Big 12 Championship games). RECAPPING THE WIN OVER MISSOURI STATE u Spencer Rattler’s first collegiate start was one for the history books, as the redshirt freshman, in a 48-0 win over Missouri State, became the first OU freshman quarterback to throw four touchdown passes in his first start. Rattler was 14 for 17 through the air for 290 yards in only one half of work, staking the Sooners to a 31-0 lead after the first quarter and a 41-0 halftime advantage. u Rattler set Big 12 and OU freshman records for passing efficiency rating (303.3; the next highest national figure this season is 253.3), and also set school frosh records for yards per completion (23.7) and yards per pass attempt (17.1). The 303.3 efficiency rating was the third best in OU history regardless of class. He also became the second OU freshman QB in his starting debut (Sam Bradford is the other) with two touchdown passes of at least 50 yards. Two of his four TD throws went to redshirt junior receiver Charleston Rambo (53 and 15 yards). u Oklahoma started the game with seven straight three-and-outs on defense and seven straight scores on offense. u OU held Missouri State to 135 yards of total offense, the fewest by an opponent since 2015 when Kansas State managed just 110 yards. The Bears averaged 2.9 yards per play, were 0 for 11 on third downs and punted nine times. u The Sooners registered four sacks (1.5 by junior linebacker DaShaun White) and nine tackles for loss. Junior safety Delarrin Turner-Yell notched his first career interception and returned it 42 yards.