Significant Factors in K-State Game

UCLA and Kansas State meet for the first time ever. K-State coach Bill Snyder, who is almost 70, returned to Manhattan this season for his second stint as KSU's head coach, and will try to see if he can turn around the program -- again...

-- UCLA welcomes Kansas State to the Rose Bowl Saturday, for a kick-off at 7:15.

-- The game will be telecast on FSN (Prime Ticket in Los Angeles), with Barry Thompkins and Petros Papadakis calling the action.

-- UCLA is 2-0, having beaten San Diego State, 33-14, and Tennessee last week in Knoxville, 19-15.

-- Kansas State is 1-1, beating Massachusetts, 21-17, and then losing to Louisiana 17-15 last week.

-- Massachusetts is an FCS (previously known as 1-AA) team, and Louisiana (Layfayette) is considered one of the handful of worst teams in the FBS (1-A).

-- Bill Snyder, who is approaching 70, took over the KSU program this season, his second tour of duty in Manhattan. Snyder coached the Wildcats from 1989-2005, and then took a break from coaching, until taking on the same program this season. Snyder, in his first stint at KSU, did a remarkable job, turning one of the perennial losers in college football into an annual contender in the Big 12. Within ten years of Sports Illustrated naming KSU the worst program in the country, Snyder in 1998 posted an undefeated, regular-season 11-0 record, and Snyder was named national coach of the year. He was 136–68–1 at Kansas State in those 17 seasons, and if add his victory over UMass, that gets him ranked #8 in career victories among active BCS coaches.

-- The promotional line you always hear about Snyder is that he's "the architect of the greatest turnaround in college football."

-- After Snyder "retired" in 2005, they named the home stadium afte him. It's now called the Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium.

-- In his second stint, Snyder again has his work cut out for him. In the three years he was not in Manhattan, the Wildcats went 17-20, posting a 5-7 the last two seasons.

-- Snyder just recently received a five-year contract that will keep him at KSU through the end of the 2013 season. He'll be paid $9.575 million over the course of the contract.

-- Snyder has repeated a few times that he returned to K-State to "smooth the waters" after the tumultuous three-year tenure of coach Ron Prince.

-- It's the first meeting ever between UCLA and Kansas State.

-- UCLA does own a 22-19-1 record all-time against the Big 12.

-- Since 1989 (the year Snyder first took over), K-State is 5-2 against Pac-10 opponents, which includes a current five-game winning streak that goes back to 1999.

-- The Wildcats have been pretty tough over the years on their non-conference opponents, even recently. K-State has won 11 of its last 16 non-conference games. Of course, the knock on the program is that that they always schedule a cupcake non-conference schedule.

-- The Wildcats, though, have lost their last four non-conference road games.

-- K-State hasn't exactly had a holiday in California, with a record of 1-3-1 in five previous trips to the Golden State. They were outscored, 112-52, in those five games.

-- UCLA Head Coach Rick Neuheisel suspended four players for the K-State game because of a violation of team rules. They are starting cornerback Courtney Viney and reserves, running back Milton Knox, tight end Morrell Presley and receiver Randall Carroll.

-- If UCLA can get a victory Saturday, it will already be halfway toward securing 6 wins, which is required to get a post-season bowl bid – what Neuheisel established in fall camp as a the goal for the season.

-- Firefighters and their families will be given complimentary tickets to Saturday's game.

-- The weather will continue to warm up throughout the week, but with a 7:15 p.m. kick-off Saturday, temperatures are expected in the 60s at game time.

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