Nov 23, 2021 1:36 PM

K-State plays at Texas Friday

Posted Nov 23, 2021 1:36 PM

Date: Friday, November 26

Kickoff: 11 a.m.

Location: Austin, Texas

Stadium: DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium (100,119)

Series: Texas Leads, 11-10

WILDCATS CLOSE OUT REGULAR SEASON AT TEXAS

Coming off a tough home loss to No. 11 Baylor, Kansas State hits the road for the final regular-season game of the season as the Wildcats face Texas on Friday in Austin. The contest against the Longhorns kicks at 11 a.m., and will be televised by FOX with Aaron Goldsmith (play-by-play) and Mark Helfrich (analyst) 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. Fans can also catch the game on SiriusXM (XM: 200; App: 954) in addition to The Varsity Network app.


A LOOK AT K-STATE

• K-State has put together four solid outings in the last five weeks in wins over Texas Tech, TCU, Kansas and West Virginia.

• Skylar Thompson has put together the best passing stretch of his career in the last seven games. During that time, Thompson has thrown for 1,614 yards and nine touchdowns with just two interceptions on 129-of-187 (70.0%) aim.

• Thompson enters the week ranked 14th nationally in passing yards per attempt (9.04) and completion percentage (68.8%).

• Thompson’s favorite receiver this year has been Deuce Vaughn, who leads the team with 45 receptions for 464 yards and three scores.

• A Doak Walker Award Semifinalist, Vaughn has totaled 602 yards from scrimmage over the last five games (120.4 yards per game), which includes 100-yard rushing games against No. 11 Baylor, KU, West Virginia and TCU.

• This year, Vaughn has totaled 1,579 scrimmage yards (1,115 rush/464 receive) and 17 total touchdowns. He ranks fourth nationally in scrimmage yards per game (143.5).

• In his 21 career games, Vaughn has at least 100 scrimmage yards 16 times, which includes each of the last 13 games.

• Receivers Phillip Brooks, Malik Knowles and Landry Weber have combined for 75 catches for 1,053 yards and five scores.

• The Wildcats, deploying a new 3-3-5 look and regularly rotating in over 25 players on defense, rank 21st in the nation and second in the Big 12 against the run (118.5 yds/gm).

• Linebackers Daniel Green (72) and Cody Fletcher (64) lead the team in tackles.

• Felix Anudike-Uzomah leads the nation in forced fumbles with six – which is tied for the school record – while he is third in sacks (11.0) and 12th in tackles for loss (14.5). A native of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Anudike-Uzomah is just a half sack shy of tying the school record.

• He earned three national player of the week awards and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors following a school-record tying 4.0 sacks against TCU.

• Safety Russ Yeast – a transfer from Louisville – is tied for the Big 12 lead with three interceptions, while he had four total passes defended against West Virginia to tie for the 11th-best mark in the nation this year.

• Punter Ty Zentner ranks fourth in the Big 12 with a 44.7-yard average.

• Malik Knowles has returned two kickoffs for a touchdown, and he ranks third in the nation with a 32.1-yard average.