Kansas St-West Virginia Preview Capsule
The Associated Press
Nov. 19, 2014
No. 12 Kansas State (7-2, 5-1 Big 12, CFP No. 12) at West Virginia (6-4, 4-3), 7 p.m. EST (Fox Sports 1)
Line: West Virginia by 2.
Series Record: Kansas State leads 3-1.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Kansas State needs a win to forge a first-place tie with TCU, which is idle this week. The Wildcats are coming off a 41-20 loss to the Horned Frogs in their previous game and have matchups remaining with Kansas and Baylor. West Virginia wants to avoid its third straight loss on a frigid night in Morgantown and is 1-3 against ranked opponents this season.
West Virginia's running back rotation vs. Kansas State's defense. The Mountaineers struggled to establish the run in a 33-16 loss at Texas two weeks ago and a similar effort against the Wildcats could spell doom. Wendell Smallwood, Rushel Shell and Dreamius Smith combine to rush for 162 yards per game. Kansas State is allowing an average of 127 yards on the ground but gave up 334 to TCU.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Kansas State: WR Tyler Lockett broke his father Kevin's school record for career receiving yards two weeks ago. The younger Lockett needs 16 catches and three TDs to break two other career records held by his dad.
West Virginia: QB Clint Trickett and WR Kevin White. Trickett has been held under 300 passing yards in three straight games after going over 300 in eight straight games before that. White had a school-record 16 catches for 132 yards at Texas after being held under 100 yards the two previous games.
FACTS & FIGURES
Both teams are coming off bye weeks. ... Kansas State QB Jake Waters threw three TD passes in a 35-12 win over the Mountaineers a year ago. ... It will be the final home game for 19 West Virginia seniors. ... Smith is a native of Wichita, Kansas, and attended Butler Community College. ... The last time the teams met in Morgantown, Kansas State beat the Mountaineers 55-14 in 2012. Then-Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein is now Kansas State's assistant director of recruiting and a quality control assistant.