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Previewing 2012 WVU Football Opponents: Kansas State

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West Virginia returns home from back-to-back games in the state of Texas to host a talented Kansas State team.

This is the final game in a very difficult three-game stretch for the Mountaineers. After visiting Texas and Texas Tech, WVU hosts Kansas State at Mountaineer Field.

Kansas State is led by a very good dual-threat quarterback. Collin Klein is listed below as the 2011 team leader in passing and rushing. He accounted for 3,059 yards and 40 touchdowns last season.

KANSAS STATE WILDCATS

2011 Record – (10-3)

Head Coach: Bill Snyder (159-83-1 Overall)

Stadium: Bill Snyder Family Stadium

Seating Capacity: 50,000

Returning Starters: 18 (9 on offense, 7 on defense, 2 on Special Teams)

Leading Passer in 2011: Collin Klein (1,918 Yds, 13 TD, 6 INT)

Leading Rusher in 2011: Collin Klein (1,141 Yds, 27 TD)

Leading Receiver in 2011: Chris Harper (547 Yds, 5 TD)

Last Meeting vs. WVU: 1931 (Kansas State 19, West Virginia 0)

Record vs. WVU: 1-1

Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder is a legend in that part of the country. Former Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Barry Switzer called Snyder, "He's not the coach of the year, he's not the coach of the decade, he's the coach of the century."

Snyder served as Kansas State Head Coach from 1989-2005 before retiring. During that retirement, Kansas State named its football stadium after him.

Snyder came out of retirement for a second stint at Kansas State in 2009. Three years after returning, Kansas State was once again a player on the national scene. He led the Wildcats to a 10-3 record in 2011.

Snyder has the right quarterback for his system. Collin Klein tries to take advantage of what he sees in the opposing defense. If the opportunity to run the ball presents itself, Klein will take off. He was a 1,000 yard rusher last season.

The Mountaineers should get a lift from playing at home in this game. It will be their first game in Mountaineer Field in four weeks. However, Kansas State will be bringing some fans. KSU informed WVU it wants to use 3,000 of its maximum 3,850 tickets allotted for Big 12 schools in road games. That does not include the number of Kansas State fans that get tickets through other outlets.

West Virginia will host Kansas State on October 20.

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