KSU Gameweek: Getting to Know the Wildcats

The Wildcats have tried to replace Heisman finalist Collin Klein with last year's backup Daniel Sams and JUCO transfer Jake Waters, who played with Aaron Wimberly and Rodney Coe at Iowa Western C.C.

Iowa State will try for its first win over Kansas State in the Paul Rhoads era Saturday in Manhattan, Kan., at 2:30 CST on FS1.

Below are some things to know about the Wildcats.

  • Kansas State under head coach Bill Snyder is an incredibly disciplined team, being first or tied for first in fewest penalties per game the last four years. As Kirk Haaland notes, some of that is due to the fact the Wildcats play so slow. Adjusted to pace, they commit one penalty every 29.8 plays, good for fourth in the Big 12.

  • Only five teams rip off fewer plays per minute than Kansas State at 2.01, per Haaland. The Wildcats average 65.57 plays a game, the slow side of the national average.

  • The Wildcats have tried to replace Heisman finalist Collin Klein with last year's backup Daniel Sams and JUCO transfer Jake Waters, who played with Aaron Wimberly and Rodney Coe at Iowa Western C.C.

    Neither has a major one-up on the other. Not only do they split series, they also split plays within a series. In the media's quest to paint each thing a different color, Waters has been classified a passer while Sams considered a runner, but the truth is each is serviceable in each facet.

    Sams' completion percentage, 75, is much higher than Waters' 63.7, albeit he has attempted far fewer passes. Sams, yes, is a better runner, with 5.38 yards a carry, but Waters does plenty of that, too, with nine attempts a game.

    Simply expecting the Wildcats to pass when Waters is in the game and run when Sams is in would be incorrect.

  • His stats have been underwhelming this year, but running back John Hubert remains one of the more underrated players in the conference. He's gaining 63.4 yards a game — 97th nationally — and his 4.48 yards per carry is 16th in the conference. While that's not going to put him on any All-Conference teams, he remains the rock of the offense, with 14 carries a game.

  • Wide receiver Tyler Lockett is a force, with 97.7 yards a game and four touchdowns. He's one of the best deep threats in the conference, if not the country. Curry Sexton is second on the team with 27 receptions and Tramaine Thompson averages 15.8 yards a catch.

  • The Wildcats have lost 17 turnovers this year, tied for No. 101 of 125.

  • KSU yields 1.86 sacks a game, 59th.

  • The big three defensively for the Wildcats are Ryan Mueller, Blake Slaughter and Ty Zimmerman. Slaughter leads the Big 12 in tackles and Mueller in sacks.

  • KSU's punt return unit was No. 1 nationally last week, with 21.7 yards per return.

  • KSU coach Bill Snyder is 17-4 all-time against Iowa State.

  • The Cyclones haven't won in Manhattan since 2004, a 37-23 victory.

    Matchup Preview | November 2, 2013
    Iowa State Cyclones
    (1-6, 1-2 Away)
    Kansas State Wildcats
    (3-4, 3-2 Home)
    Offensive Stats Comparison
    351 (102)Total Offensive Yards407 (72)
    216 (80)Passing Yards226.9 (70)
    135 (97)Rushing Yards180.2 (52)
    25.4 (86)Points Per Game30.9 (56)
    95.2 (6)Red Zone Percentage83.3 (63)
    Defensive Stats Comparison
    481.7 (117)Total Yards Allowed379 (42)
    262 (103)Passing Yards Allowed230 (65)
    219.3 (111)Rushing Yards Allowed149 (53)
    39.7 (11)Points Per Game24 (50)
    10 (107)Sacks13 (83)
    3 (113)Interceptions5 (95)
    86.6 (90)Red Zone Percentage84 (73)
    Game Notes
    Iowa State leads the all-time series vs. Kansas State at 48-43-4. Kansas State has the edge in games played in Manhattan at 24-21-1 ... The last Cyclone win in Manhattan was on Nov. 20, 2004 (37-23) ... The last four games in the series, all KSU's victories, have been one-possession games (2009, 24-23; 2010, 27-20; 2011, 30-23; 2012, 27-21) by an average margin of victory of 5.25.
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