5 Cool Facts: Texas Tech vs. Kansas State

Five cool facts about Kansas State, Texas Tech's opponent 6 p.m. Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, KS.

Texas Tech and Kansas State will face off for the 15th time on Saturday and the Red Raiders lead the series 8-6. Although, the Wildcats have won the last three, most recently a 49-26 win over the Red Raiders last season in Lubbock after Tech turned the ball over three times and allowed 291 rushing yards. The Red Raiders head to their second consecutive road conference game looking to pull even at 1-1 in the Big 12. The Wildcats are 3-2 against Tech in games played in Manhattan.

Common Opponent
Both the Red Raiders and the Wildcats shared the same non-conference opponent this season, resulting in wins for both squads. Kansas State is coming off a 58-28 home win over UTEP last week in Manhattan and Texas Tech beat them 30-26 on Sept. 6 in El Paso. Texas Tech produced just over 500 yards of total offense against the Miners and after a back and forth battle won on a last minute touchdown pass from quarterback Davis Webb to receiver Bradley Marquez. It came a little easier for the Wildcats who held the Miners to only 30 yards of total offense at halftime and only 59 total rushing yards, resulting in a 58-28 victory and the defense being ranked No. 13 in the nation in rush defense.

Powercat Logo
Shortly after Bill Synder was first hired by Kansas State in 1988, he wanted to reinvent the team starting with their logo. The Powercat logo was then created by Manhattan native, Tom Bookwalter, and has stuck and is plastered all over the city, which is a fourth of the size of Lubbock. Snyder coached the Wildcats from 1989-2005 but then decided to come back in 2009 and the last five years he has built K-State back up. He has since led the Wildcats to the Pinstripe Bowl in 2010, No. 8 BCS ranking after a 10-3 season in 2011, and the Big 12 championship in 2012.

Purple Ice Cream
If there is food involved, there are students involved and that’s what started the Purple Pride ice cream tradition. Purple became Kansas State’s official color in 1896 but in the late 1960’s a professor created a Purple Pride blueberry ice cream. It’s purpose was to get students interested in football, but it has taken off and now 6,400 half gallons of this secret recipe are sold at the Call Hall Dairy Bar in a nine month period.

Sellout Crowds
We have all heard about sellout crowds at the Jones since the Kingbury Era but the same goes for K-State at the Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Currently the team is riding a streak of 16-consecutive sellouts. Eight of the 11 largest crowds came up last season and K-State drew at least 52,542 each game. This season’s matchup with No. 5 Auburn brought in 53,046 fans ranking as the fifth largest ever. Now that K-State is ranked No. 23 in the AP Poll they are predicting to continue that sellout streak to 20 this weekend.

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