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Kansas State Wildcats vs. Texas Longhorns Preview and Predictions 11-09-2019


Kansas State got more respect from the College Football Playoff committee than it did from the coaches this week, coming in at No. 16 in the first CFP rankings released on Tuesday while sitting at No. 22 in the Coaches Poll. Unranked in both was Texas, which will be trying to bounce back from another tough loss when it hosts the Wildcats on Saturday.

Kansas State made a big statement with its 48-41 win over Oklahoma on Oct. 26 and avoided a letdown with a 38-10 victory at Kansas last week to extend its winning streak to three straight following a pair of losses to begin Big 12 play. "I just think our guys are getting better as the weeks have gone on," Wildcats coach Chris Klieman told reporters. "That's what we talked about even back in here when we were in September, is we really believe the longer they're in these systems, offensively and defensively - our players as well as our coaches knowing our personnel - that we're going to continue to improve. Now it's just kind of the next game up. It's another big game." The Longhorns got last week off to assess what went wrong in the last three games, which includes a pair of losses sandwiched around a 50-48 home win over Kansas. Texas allowed an average of 505 yards in the three games but is expected to get several injured players back after the bye, including safeties B.J. Foster and Caden Sterns.

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Texas -7

ABOUT KANSAS STATE (6-2, 3-2 Big 12): The Wildcats rushed for 342 yards in last week's 38-10 drubbing of Kansas, with quarterback Skylar Thompson's 127 yards and three TDs on the ground leading the way. Thompson owns eight rushing scores during the three-game winning streak, but Kansas State isn't counting on the rushing yards coming as easily this weekend. "We'll have our hands full making sure that we protect Skylar (Thompson)," Klieman told reporters. "We have to be able to run the football some. Are they going to allow us to rush the football like we did last week? Probably not. So, we have to find some ways to be creative and be efficient in the passing game."

ABOUT TEXAS (5-3, 3-2): Keeping the Longhorns in games while the defense struggles is the offense led by quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who was named a semifinalist for the Wuerffel Trophy, which is given annually to the player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. Ehlinger's achievements on the field include 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions, though four of those picks came in last week's 37-27 setback at TCU. Ehlinger could have another weapon available on offense in freshman running back Jordan Whittington, who suffered a groin injury in the season opener but is back at practice and probable for Saturday.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Texas WR Devin Duvernay owns 16 catches for 283 yards and three TDs in the last two games.

2. Kansas State DB AJ Parker (ankle) is not expected to play Saturday.

3. The Longhorns took the last two meetings, including a 19-14 victory at the Wildcats last season.

Prediction

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Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium
Austin, Texas, USA.
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Last Injuries

Texas Longhorns

  • Josh Thompson

    Red Shirt
    out for season | out

    Thompson has decided to use the 2019 campaign as a redshirt year due to a foot injury.

  • Jordan Whittington

    Hernia
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Whittington is on the mend from sports hernia surgery, and he continues to be bothered by inflammation. It is unknown if he will return to action against Baylor on Saturday.

  • Collin Johnson

    Hamstring
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Johnson missed the last game due to a hamstring injury, and it is undetermined if he will be on the field Saturday versus Baylor.

  • Anthony Cook

    Leg
    Doub Sat | doubtful

    Cook is not expected to face Baylor on Saturday due to a leg injury.

  • Brennan Eagles

    Personal
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Eagles is tending to a personal matter, and it is unclear if he will rejoin the lineup Saturday versus Baylor.

  • Jeffrey McCulloch

    Shoulder
    Ques Sat | questionable

    McCulloch is nursing a shoulder injury, and it remains to be seen if he will face Baylor on Saturday.

  • Cade Brewer

    Ankle
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Brewer has sat out the previous two games with an ankle injury, and it has yet to be established if he will play Saturday against Baylor.

  • Demarvion Overshown

    Back
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Overshown has missed the last two games due to neck and back injuries. It is unclear if he will play against Iowa State on Saturday.

Kansas State Wildcats

  • Wykeen Gill

    Head
    Prob Sat | probable

    Gill sat out the last game with a head injury, but it is likely that he will be in the lineup Saturday versus Texas Tech.

  • AJ Parker

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Parker has an unspecified injury, and it is unclear if he will play Saturday against Texas Tech.

  • Jordon Brown

    Ankle
    Prob Sat | probable

    Brown is projected to be in Saturday's lineup versus Texas Tech despite a nagging ankle injury.

  • James Gilbert

    Ankle
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Gilbert is battling an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will be available against Texas Tech on Saturday.

  • Samuel Wheeler

    Knee
    out for season | out

    Wheeler suffered a torn ACL, ending his season.

  • James Gilbert

    Lower Body
    Prob Sat | probable

    Gilbert missed the last game due to a lower-body injury, but it is projected that he will take the field Saturday against West Virginia.

  • Jordon Brown

    Leg
    Prob Sat | probable

    Brown is dealing with a leg ailment, but he is expected to be a participant in Saturday's game versus West Virginia.

  • AJ Parker

    Foot
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Parker missed the last game with a right foot injury, and it is unclear if he will play Saturday against West Virginia.

texas-longhorns-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Sam Ehlinger 4 0 181.006 0 140 102 1 0 0 15 1237
Casey Thompson 2 0 125.467 0 12 8 0 0 0 0 84
Devin Duvernay 4 0 .000 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 8
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Keaontay Ingram 4 0 295 0 55 3
Sam Ehlinger 4 0 191 0 42 1
Roschon Johnson 4 0 147 0 34 1
Daniel Young 1 0 16 0 4 0
Jake Smith 4 0 8 0 1 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Devin Duvernay 4 0 377 0 39 0 4
Brennan Eagles 4 0 276 0 10 0 4
Jake Smith 4 0 150 0 13 0 4
Keaontay Ingram 4 0 120 0 11 0 0
Collin Johnson 2 0 108 0 7 0 1
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Caden Sterns 4 0 23 7 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Jeffrey McCulloch 4 0 17 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 2
Brandon Jones 4 0 16 7 0 1 0 0 3 1 7 3
Chris Brown 3 0 16 2 0 0 1 10 2 0 0 2
Jalen Green 4 0 14 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Cameron Dicker 4 0 4 5 57 21 21
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Devin Duvernay 4 0 4 0 36 90
D'Shawn Jamison 3 0 3 0 98 137
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Brandon Jones 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Collin Johnson 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Jake Smith 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Keaontay Ingram 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Brennan Eagles 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Cade Brewer 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Casey Thompson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Collin Johnson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Devin Duvernay 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Jake Smith 4 0 5 0 2 3
Brandon Jones 4 0 2 0 0 -2
Byron Vaughns 2 0 1 0 0 -6

kansas-state-wildcats-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Nick Ast 2 0 178.400 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 28
Skylar Thompson 3 0 169.857 0 53 36 0 0 0 4 486
John Holcombe II 2 0 58.533 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 9
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
James Gilbert 3 0 277 0 43 3
Jordon Brown 3 0 154 0 20 3
Harry Trotter 3 0 97 0 24 2
Skylar Thompson 3 0 64 0 10 2
Tyler Burns 3 0 64 0 11 1
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Malik Knowles 3 0 137 0 9 0 2
Dalton Schoen 3 0 127 0 7 0 2
Chabastin Taylor 2 0 55 0 5 0 0
Landry Weber 2 0 43 0 3 0 0
Jordon Brown 3 0 38 0 3 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Da'Quan Patton 3 0 11 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Denzel Goolsby 3 0 6 9 0 0 1 16 1 0 0 1
Elijah Sullivan 3 0 6 5 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1
Jahron McPherson 3 0 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Wayne Jones 2 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Blake Lynch 3 0 2 3 35 18 18
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Malik Knowles 3 0 4 0 100 151
Phillip Brooks 3 0 3 0 44 87
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
John Holcombe II 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Phillip Brooks 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Dalton Schoen 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Devin Anctil 2 0 0 365 0 61 8 0 0
Harry Trotter 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
James Gilbert 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Joe Ervin 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Phillip Brooks 3 0 5 0 52 54
Seth Porter 2 0 2 0 8 7
Jordon Brown 3 0 1 0 0 0