0 – The number of times Oregon
and K-State have played each other
The Ducks and Wildcats have never tangled on the football
field. The two teams were once scheduled to start a home-and-home series, however, with a trip to Eugene,
Ore., last season and a game in Manhattan slated for this year, but conference
re-alignment prompted the Wildcats to drop Oregon from the schedule.
3 – Chris Harper’s uniform number
Like Arthur Brown, senior wide receiver Chris Harper is getting the chance to play his former team. Brown, Wichita native and Wildcat, got his first chance to play his old team last year when K-State traveled to Miami to face
the Hurricanes last season, and he got another when Miami visited K-State earlier this
year. Brown was victorious on both
accounts. Harper, a senior wide receiver, began his career as a quarterback for Oregon and saw action at both positions
with the Ducks before transferring to Manhattan following Bill Snyder’s return
to the K-State sidelines.
22 – K-State’s average gain on punt returns this season
The Wildcats’ duo of Tramaine Thompson and Tyler Lockett has
helped make K-State that most lethal punt-return team in the country. Yards won’t be easy to come by, though; Oregon is best in the Pac 12 and No. 9 in the country in punt return yardage
allowed. The Ducks allow just 3.36 yards
per return this season.
90 – The combined number of points that K-State and Oregon score per game
The Ducks are second in the country, averaging nearly 50
points per ballgame, while the Wildcats aren’t far behind at 40. K-State might not hit the high numbers quite
as often as Oregon, but the teams are No. 1 and No. 2 in the country in efficiency. K-State scores .611 points per play to the
985 – K-State quarterback Collin Klein’s total rushing
yardage on the season
Klein, a senior, will need to rack up 105 yards on the
ground to break the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight year. Oregon possesses a quarterback of its own
capable of churning out yards on the ground. Freshman Marcus Mariota is the leading rushing quarterback in the Pac 12
gaining 690 yards on just 90 carries.
45,000 – The number of Wildcat fans who traveled to Tempe, Ariz., for the 1997 Fiesta Bowl
That Wildcat crowd was tabbed as the largest crowd ever to
cross state lines to watch a football game. K-State nearly equaled the feat six years later when 40,000 faithful
followed the team back to Tempe in 2004.
Upon receiving the Big 12 Championship last week following a win over Texas, K-State head coach Bill Snyder had
some words for the crowd that joined the team and coach on the field.
“The last time we went we had almost 50,000 people,” he told
the crowd. “I hope to see you all there again.”