The Kansas State Wildcats, coming off a 47-42 loss at Baylor, are 5-2 overall and 2-2 in Big 12 play and will face the No. 20 Oklahoma State Cowboys in Manhattan for a Homecoming game that will kick-off at 11:10 a.m. and be televised by FSN.


Baylor ran and threw on the Wildcat defense as Jay Finley rushed for a school-record 250 yards and Robert Griffin threw for a career-high 404 yards and four touchdowns. The Bears became bowl eligible for the first time since joining the Big 12 and sit atop the South Division.


The Kansas State Wildcats, coming off a 47-42 loss at Baylor, are 5-2 overall and 2-2 in Big 12 play and will face the No. 20 Oklahoma State Cowboys in Manhattan for a Homecoming game that will kick-off at 11:10 a.m. and be televised by FSN.

Baylor ran and threw on the Wildcat defense as Jay Finley rushed for a school-record 250 yards and Robert Griffin threw for a career-high 404 yards and four touchdowns. The Bears became bowl eligible for the first time since joining the Big 12 and sit atop the South Division.

“That’s all about being where you’re supposed to be, and we weren’t always where we were supposed to be, the result of it was big plays,” said head coach Bill Snyder of his defense.

Kansas State also made a few big plays as Aubrey Quarles caught six passes for 131 yards, Daniel Thomas rushed for 113 yards, and Carson Coffman threw for 231, yards completing 20 of his 29 pass attempts. Coffman said, “Offensively, I don’t think we got the job done today.” William Powell finally broke a kick-off return for a touchdown, after being close many times, as he went 100 yards for six points.

The Cowboys of Oklahoma State also have a high-octane offense as they visit Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The Pokes are 6-1 overall and 2-1 in Conference play and a half game behind Baylor. They lost for the first time last week to Nebraska in Stillwater, Okla., 51-41 and have Big 12 wins over Texas Tech 34-17 and Texas A&M 38-35. The 34 points against Tech were the fewest they have scored this year helping them be the second-ranked scoring team in Division-I football.

Oklahoma State has the Big 12’s top rusher in Kendall Hunter, receiver Justin Blackmon, and passer Brandon Weeden. Weeden, a 27-year old former professional baseball player and a second round pick by the New York Yankees, has put up impressive numbers. He is second in the nation with 21 touchdown passes, third in yards averaging over 320 yards a game, and has completed 66 percent of his 260 passes. Hunter, a senior, was a first-team All-American in 2008 when he ran for more than 1,500 yards and captured the Big 12 rushing title.  He has 1,031 so far this year and has scored 12 touchdowns.

Blackmon, a 200-pound sophomore, leads the nation in receiving yards, yards per game, touchdown receptions, scoring, and yards per reception but he will not play this week after being suspended for getting stopped going 92 mph in a 60 mph zone while under the influence of alcohol early Tuesday morning coming back from Dallas after watching the Cowboys play.

The Cowboy defense is 97th in yards allowed, giving up more than 420 yards a game and 89th in points allowed letting the opponent put up more than 30 points a game. Senior middle linebacker Orie Lemon leads the team with 69 tackles and six of those were for a loss. Sophomore cornerback Brodrick Brown has 39 tackles and one interception. Senior defensive end Ugo Chinasa has three sacks on the year.

The score of this game will probably be much like the game last week and it will probably come down to turnovers and special teams. If the Wildcats want to win, they cannot have turnovers and must not punt more than two or three times. Coffman has been very efficient the last two weeks and he must do it again this week, but will be missing wide outs Tramaine Thompson along with Brodrick Smith.

If the offense can run the ball, which they should be able to, and the Wildcat defense can make a stop or two, which we hope happens; K-State will become bowl eligible. The Kansas State defense holds Oklahoma State to less than their 48 points a game average. Kansas State wins for the sixth time this year in a very entertaining game. Kansas State 51, Oklahoma State 43. Go ‘Cats!!