Wildcats Make 2006 TV Debut vs. Marshall

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State Wildcats (2-0) will look to keep their early-season roll going this Saturday when the Marshall Thundering Herd (1-1) visits Bill Snyder Family Stadium for the final game of a three-game contract that has spawned one of the most heated intersectional rivalries in the nation.

Fox Sports Net will be on hand to televise the game, which kicks off at 11:40 a.m. (CDT). Bill Land is slated to call the play-by-play, with former New York Giants linebacker Gary Reasons providing the color commentary. Emily Jones will sever as the broadcast crew's sideline reporter.

The game will also air live on radio over the 31-station K-State Sports Network.

Kansas State, which is coming of a dominant 45-0 shutout of Florida Atlantic, will be out to put the brakes on a trend that has seen the road team win each of the first two meeting between the programs.

Marshall, a 54-31 victor over Hofstra last week, snapped K-State's 41-game home non-conference wining streak with a 27-20 win over the then No.-6 ranked Wildcats in the inaugural meeting in 2003.

K-State returned the favor last season in Huntington, defeating the Herd 21-19.

Both games were not decided until the final seconds. The Wildcats misfired on a potential game-tying touchdown pass from the Marshall 6-yard line on the final play of the 2003 encounter. In 2005, Justin McKinney picked off a Jimmy Skinner pass at the K-State 12-yard line to preserve the Wildcats' victory with just three seconds to play.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE WILDCATS

Coming off its most dominant performance in nearly a year, Kansas State will look to maintain its early-season momentum this week vs. Marshall.

The Wildcats clicked in all three phases of the game in last week's 45-0 whitewash of Florida Atlantic. The Wildcat offense scored on six separate scoring drives, while the K-State defense pitched its first shutout at home since 2002. The Kansas State special teams also got into the act for the second straight game, as Justin McKinney returned the opening kickoff 88 yards for a score and the Cats' third special teams touchdown of the season.

Thomas Clayton provided a boost to the Kansas State ground attack, rushing for 89 yards and a touchdown on 16 attempts (5.6 ypc) in his 2006 debut. All told, eight Wildcats combined for 221 yards on the ground as K-State topped the 200-yard rushing plateau for the third time in the last four games. Through the air, quarterback Dylan Meier was good on 10-of-20 passes with two touchdowns for his first multiple TD game since Oct. 9, 2004, at Kansas.

A total of 31 players recorded defensive statistics as a host of Wildcats helped contribute to the shutout victory.


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