3 – Games played between K-State and Auburn
The Wildcats and Tigers have not faced each other much in the universities’ histories. The teams had one home-and-home series in 1978 and 1979. They met again in 2007 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama, but the Wildcats lost 23-13. K-State lost the first two games as well.
8 – Years since K-State beat a top-five ranked team
On Nov. 11, 2006, a Wildcat squad led by former head coach Ron Prince pulled off an unlikely victory over No. 4 Texas. They have only had three chances to perform the same feat since that win. The Wildcats will have their fourth chance in eight years when they face Auburn tonight.
45.8 – Average net punting yards by Auburn on each attempt
While this stat seems trivial, there is something to be said about a team that can completely change field position with one kick. If Auburn goes three-and-out, its punting game can help out its defense. The Tigers’ net punting average is third best in the nation.
55.9 – Percent of the game that K-State has possession of the ball
Time of possession could be very important for K-State against a fast-paced offense like Auburn. The Wildcats have averaged 33:55 on offense in each of their two games this season. That ranks 11th in the nation.
67.9 – Percent of the time Auburn converts on third down
Stopping the Tigers on third down has been a major problem for their opponents. Auburn has faced 28 third-downs this season and has converted on 19 of them. That conversion rate is the best in the nation. K-State’s defense ranks 38th in the country in stopping teams on third down. They allow their opponents to convert 33.3 percent of the time.
100 – Percent of the time Auburn and K-State have scored when in the red zone
Fans can go ahead and chalk-up points when either of these teams get past the 20-yard line. K-State has 12 attempts with 10 touchdowns and two field goals. Auburn has 11 attempts with 10 touchdowns and a field goal.
330 – Yards per game Auburn has rushed for this season
The Tigers’ ground attack is deadly. Senior running backs Cameron Artis-Payne and Corey Grant provide a deadly one-two punch. The duo has combined for 465 yards and five touchdowns so far this season. Senior quarterback Nick Marshall also excels when he carries the ball. He has ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns in the team’s two games. K-State has the 20th best run defense in the country, allowing 87 yards per game.