Bits & Bytes: K-State Edition

The mid-afternoon kick gives everyone plenty of time to peruse our last bits of information. Game Scorecard
Sat 10/26 3:45 PM ET

Manhattan, KS

Bill Snyder
Family Stadium
Record: 3-3

Last Game
Texas Tech 27-37 L
TV: FOXSports1
Sirius/XM: 117 / 192
Record: 6-0

Last Game
Baylor 25-35 L
Rosters/ Bios
Press Release
Season Stats
2013 Schedule

Series: KSU 2-1

First Meeting: 1930
Last Meeting: 2012
Press Release
Season Stats
2013 Schedule


Kansas State is -9 in turnover margin this year, while West Virginia has forced at least one turnover in every game this year.


This year marks the 150th birthday of both the State of West Virginia and Kansas State. This week's game is also homecoming for KSU, and it is West Virginia's first ever visit to Manhattan for football. All three of the previous meetings came in Morgantown.


In it's game notes, Kansas State devotes one page to Bill Snyder. West Virginia has three pages on Dana Holgorsen.


One of West Virginia's defensive goals is to allow no explosive plays (gains of 20 or more yards). That's a lofty height for any team to attain, but the Mountaineers haven't been near that regiona, allowing 39 such plays from scrimmage so far.

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Kansas State has been much better in this area, yielding just 18 plays of that distance or greater. Baylor, as one might suspect, did the most damage to both teams. It had five gains of 20 or more against the Wildcats, including TDs of 93 and 72 yards, while gashing WVU 11 times, including scores of 80 and 61.

Offensively, West Virginia holds a bit of an edge, with 32 plays where it got out of the gate, as opposed to 29 for K-State. Big gainers, and the team that can record them, could be another area to watch in this contest.


West Virginia's punt game against K-State's return team will be a highlight of the contest, as we pointed out yesterday, but the Wildcats are riding another runback streak that is one of the more eye-opening ones you'll see. KSU has returned at lease one kickoff for a touchdown in each of the last nine seasons, which is the longest current streak in the nation.

That run has helped K-State pile up 91 non-offensive touchdowns over the last 13-plus seasons, which is also tops in the nation.


Freshman defensive back Daryl Worley got his first start at cornerback against Texas Tech, but he by no means has had a steady introduction to college football. He has also played as an extra defensive back and as the spur in different passing situation coverage packages, and has been moved all around the secondary early in his career.

That speaks to his willingness to learn and his ability to take instruction and learn new things quickly, but his development might have been more steady had he been kept at one position throughout the fall. Given WVU's injury situation in the secondary and the need to combat the spread passing attacks prevalent among many of its early foes, however, there probably wasn't much choice other than to use him in multiple roles.

Fellow freshman Marvin Gross, who played in the first six games of the year and filled a pass rushing role in some third down rush packages, dressed but did not play against Texas Tech.


Kansas State plays eight home games this season. The West Virginia game is the Wildcats' fifth home contest of the year.

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