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Kansas State Wildcats will pose a challenge to the Oklahoma Sooners

Wildcats have been one of the best first-half teams in the Big 12 Conference

Even though the Kansas State Wildcats are just one game above .500 and winless in Big 12 Conference play, they aren’t the easiest team to rebound against this week for Oklahoma

The Wildcats aren’t quite what their record would indicate.

Kansas State (3-2, 0-2 Big 12) nearly upset second-ranked TCU this weekend before the Horned Frogs scored 21 points in the final eight minutes to pull off a seven-point victory. A week earlier, Oklahoma State knocked off the Wildcats but not without a last-minute, game-winning field goal.

“We cannot give up at this point in the season,” Kansas State linebacker Elijah Lee said to reporters after the loss to TCU. “We are a fighting team. We just have to learn how to execute and finish the game.”

In two weeks, Kansas State has built a 15-point, first-half lead on the road against the No. 20 team in the country and held an 18-point halftime lead against the No. 2 team in the nation. The first halves of games this conference season have come easy to Kansas State. It’s the second half that has been the bigger challenge.

Oklahoma, which lost to Kansas State at home last year, will have to beware of the Wildcats because the first 30 minutes haven’t always been friendly to Oklahoma.

The Sooners have not lost back-to-back regular season games since 1999. 

“I feel like we can play with anyone,” receiver Kyle Klein said after the game. “You know OU is a fantastic football team. They are well-coached, great athletes, and they are going to play hard. Especially coming off of a day like (Saturday). We always seem to get OU right after someone poked the hornet’s nest, so we are going to bring our A-game to play with them.”

Kansas State is also a team that lost both of those big first-half leads. Snyder knows that the Sooners will be ready to prove something this weekend. Just don’t overlook Kansas State. 

“Oklahoma suffered a disappointment (Saturday), and they will be inspired next week against us and we have to be exactly the same way to overcome that,” Snyder said. “I hope what I saw on Monday is representative of what I saw prior to the ball game (Saturday).”

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