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EMAW Nation anticipates 2018 season-opening kick for Cats

Posted on August 30, 2018 at 3:54 PM by Michael Goens

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Seven exciting home games include Mississippi St. & Texas
Kickoff awaits in just two days for another exciting season of Kansas State Wildcats football. The South Dakota Coyotes, FCS level playoff contenders in 2017, reached the second round of postseason play and pose the opposition for opening night on Sept. 1. The Wildcats expect to flex their muscles in 2018 behind the power running of Alex Barnes, blocking from Dalton Risner & Co. and the defensive backfield smarts of Kendall Adams and Denzel Goolsby.

The home schedule includes Mississippi State, Texas-San Antonio, Texas, Oklahoma State (homecoming), Kansas and Texas Tech with plenty of morsels to feed your Wildcat football hunger. K-State fans, catch Purple Power Play in the Park tonight and Friday, with activities and multiple team appearances along with fireworks to stoke the fires of your purple fanaticism.

To get Wildcat Nation geared up for the 2018 season, here’s a quick quiz to measure your level of fandom, from David Allen to Ty Zimmerman; Alma Mater to Willie Wildcat. It’s time for Wildcat Football! (Answers below)

  1. K-State played the second-ever televised college football game and also the first-ever college football game broadcast by ESPN. Who were the opponents in these games? 
     
  2. K-State has played 160 games during which the program was listed among college football rankings. Which opponent was the Wildcats’ first conquest as a ranked team? 
     
  3. Which opponent was the Wildcats’ first victory as a ranked team under Bill Snyder?
     
  4. Among K-State’s 160 games played when it has occupied weekly college rankings, how many were under Coach Snyder?
     
  5. John Hubert became the 14th Wildcat player to surpass 1,000 yards rushing in a single season (2013: 1,048). Who is the only player to surpass 1,000 yards in the four seasons since Hubert reached the mark?

  6. Darren Sproles has three of the top five single-game rushing performances in K-State history. What single player has the other two?

  7. Darren Sproles and Tyler Lockett rank 1-2 in career all-purpose yards, each with more than 6,500 yards. What players rank third, fourth and fifth?
     
  8. What player was K-State’s initial first-team All-America player? What player was K-State’s first multi-year, first-team All-America? What player was Bill Snyder’s first All-America selection?
     
  9. The Wildcats have had four Heisman Trophy candidates (top 10 finishers). Who are these players?
     
  10. Bill Snyder is far-and-away K-State’s all-time wins leader as coach (210). Whom did he surpass in 1995?
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Quiz answers
  1.  Nebraska (1939, Big Six Conference) and Wisconsin (1982 Independence Bowl)
  2. Oklahoma, 1969
  3. Oklahoma, 1993
  4. 154 (other rankings: 1968-70 [5], Vince Gibson; 2007 [1], Ron Prince)
  5. Jesse Ertz, 2016 (1,012)
  6. Daniel Thomas
  7. Aaron Lockett, Brandon Banks, John Hubert
  8. Ray Hahn (1922)
    Gary Spani (1976-77)
    Sean Snyder (1992)
  9. Lynn Dickey (1970, 10th)
    Michael Bishop (1998, 2nd)
    Darren Sproles (2003, 5th)
    Collin Klein (2012, 3rd)

  10. Mike Ahearn compiled a 39-12 coaching mark in six seasons from 1905-1910.
    Bill Snyder reached his 40th win during the '95 season, specifically a 44-0 victory over Northern Illinois on Sept. 30, also the seventh anniversary of his first win in Manhattan.

How did you do? All parts of 9-10 correct answers (15-17 total), you're Ring of Honor material; 7-8 correct, all-conference status; 5-6 second-teamer; fewer than 5 better re-learn Snyder's 16 goals for success. Enjoy the season and your visits to Manhattan, and Go Cats!

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