2020 Kansas State Wildcats football team

American college football season

2020 Kansas State Wildcats football
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
Record4–6 (4–5 Big 12)
Head coach
  • Chris Klieman (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorCourtney Messingham (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorJoe Klanderman (1st season as DC, 2nd overall season)
Home stadiumBill Snyder Family Football Stadium
Seasons
← 2019
2021 →
2020 Big 12 Conference football standings
  • v
  • t
  • e
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 9 Iowa State y   8 1     9 3  
No. 6 Oklahoma y$   6 2     9 2  
No. 20 Oklahoma State   6 3     8 3  
No. 19 Texas   5 3     7 3  
TCU   5 4     6 4  
West Virginia   4 4     6 4  
Kansas State   4 5     4 6  
Texas Tech   3 6     4 6  
Baylor   2 7     2 7  
Kansas   0 8     0 9  
Championship: Oklahoma 27, Iowa State 21
  • $ – Conference champion
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll.

The 2020 Kansas State Wildcats football team represented Kansas State University in the 2020 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Wildcats played their home games at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas, and competed in the Big 12 Conference. They were led by second-year head coach Chris Klieman.

After completing their regular season with a record of 4–6 (4–5 in conference play), the program announced on December 16 that it would not pursue a bid to a bowl game, "because of mounting COVID-19 issues on its roster."[1]

Previous season

The Wildcats finished the 2019 season with an 8–5 record, 5–4 Big 12 play, losing the Liberty Bowl to Navy.

Preseason

Big 12 media Days

The Big 12 media days were held on July 21–22, 2020 in a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2]

Big 12 media poll

Big 12 media poll[3]
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Oklahoma 80
2 Oklahoma State 6
3 Texas 4
4 Iowa State
5 Baylor
6 TCU
7 Kansas State
8 West Virginia
9 Texas Tech
10 Kansas

Schedule

Regular season

Kansas State released its 2020 schedule on October 22, 2019.

The Wildcats had games scheduled against Buffalo and North Dakota as out of conference opponents, but these games were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[4] In fact, the whole season schedule was changed and the finalized one is shown below. The original schedule is shown under Game Summaries.

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 1211:00 a.m.Arkansas State*FOXL 31–3511,041
September 2611:00 a.m.at No. 3 OklahomaFOXW 38–3522,700
October 32:30 p.m.Texas Tech
  • Bill Snyder Family Stadium
  • Manhattan, KS
FS1W 31–2110,932
October 103:00 p.m.at TCUFOXW 21–1412,208
October 2411:00 a.m.KansasNo. 20
  • Bill Snyder Family Stadium
  • Manhattan, KS (rivalry)
FS1W 55–1410,801
October 3111:00 a.m.at West VirginiaNo. 16ESPN2L 10–3710,441
November 73:00 p.m.No. 14 Oklahoma State
  • Bill Snyder Family Stadium
  • Manhattan, KS
FOXL 18–2011,980
November 213:00 p.m.at No. 17 Iowa StateFOXL 0–450
November 286:00 p.m.at BaylorESPN2L 31–3211,667
December 511:00 a.m.Texas
  • Bill Snyder Family Stadium
  • Manhattan, KS
FOXL 31–699,851
Schedule Source:[5]

Coaching staff

Name Position Year at Kansas State Previous job
Chris Klieman Head coach 2nd North Dakota State (HC)
Joe Klanderman DC/S 2nd North Dakota State (DB)
Courtney Messingham OC/TE 2nd North Dakota State (OC/RB)
Van Malone AHC/PGC/CB 2nd Mississippi State (DA)
Brian Anderson RB 2nd Illinois State (WR)
Collin Klein QB 6th Northern Iowa (QB)
Jason Ray WR 2nd North Dakota State (WR)
Conor Riley OL 2nd North Dakota State (OL)
Steve Stanard LB 1st Syracuse University (DE)
Mike Tuiasosopo DT 2nd UTEP (DL)
Buddy Wyatt DE 2nd Kansas (senior analyst)

Game summaries

Vs. Arkansas State

Arkansas State Red Wolves (0–1) vs. Kansas State Wildcats (0–0)
Period 1 2 34Total
Arkansas State 7 7 71435
Kansas State 7 14 01031

at Bill Snyder Family StadiumManhattan, KS

  • Date: Saturday, September 12, 2020
  • Game time: 11:00 a.m. CDT
  • Game weather: partly cloudy • Temperature: 70°F
  • TV announcers (Fox): Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, and Jenny Taft
  • Pregame line: Kansas State -15
Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Statistics ARST KSU
First downs 26 21
Total yards 489 374
Rushes/yards 159 91
Passing yards 330 283
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 25-38-1 18-30-0
Time of possession 25:44 34:16
Team Category Player Statistics
Arkansas State Passing Logan Bonner 17–28, 204 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing Jamal Jones 16 carries, 95 yds
Receiving Jonathan Adams, Jr. 8 receptions, 98 yds, 3 td
Kansas State Passing Skylar Thompson 17–29, 259 yds, 2 TD
Rushing Deuce Vaughn 12 carries, 47 yds, 1 TD
Receiving Chabastin Taylor 4 recptions, 98 yds

Both teams entered the game with a reduced roster due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Arkansas State was down nearly 10 starters and K-State was without approximately two dozen players—however, both teams had enough active personnel to play the game. After the game, Arkansas State announced that it will not play its home opener game Central Arkansas the Red Wolves were unable to assemble a complete depth chart for the game.[6]

At Oklahoma

Kansas State Wildcats (0–1) vs. Oklahoma Sooners (1–0)
Period 1 2 34Total
Kansas State 0 7 141738
No. 3 Oklahoma 7 14 14035

at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK

  • Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020
  • Game time: 11 a.m. CDT
  • Game weather: • Temperature:
  • Game attendance: 22,700
  • TV: FOX
  • Pregame line:
Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Statistics KSU OKLA
First downs 10 28
Total yards 390 517
Rushes/yards 26-56 35-130
Passing yards 334 387
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 18-25 30-41
Time of possession 27:52 32:08
Team Category Player Statistics
Kansas State Passing Skylar Thompson 18–25, 334 yds, 1 TD
Rushing Deuce Vaughn 8 carries, 35 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Deuce Vaughn 4 receptions, 129 yards
Oklahoma Passing Spencer Rattler 30–41, 387 yards, 4 TD, 3 INT
Rushing Seth McGowan 13 carries, 73 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Drake Stoops 3 receptions, 93 yards, 1 TD

Vs. Texas Tech

Texas Tech Red Raiders (1–1) vs. Kansas State Wildcats (1–1)
Period 1 2 34Total
Texas Tech 0 0 14721
Kansas State 7 7 31431

at Bill Snyder Family StadiumManhattan, KS

  • Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020
  • Game time: CDT
  • Game weather: • Temperature:
  • Game attendance: 10,932
  • TV: FS1
  • Pregame line:
Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Statistics TTU KSU
First downs 27 20
Total yards 471 404
Rushes/yards 34-204 42-198
Passing yards 267 206
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 34-49-1 12-22-0
Time of possession 31:39 28:21
Team Category Player Statistics
Texas Tech Passing Henry Colombi 30–42, 244 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing Xavier White 12 carries, 113 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Erik Ezukanma 5 receptions, 77 yards
Kansas State Passing Will Howard 7-12, 173 yards, 1 TD
Rushing Deuce Vaughn 16 carries, 113 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Deuce Vaughn 3 receptions, 81 yards, 1 TD

At TCU

Kansas State Wildcats (2–1) vs. TCU Horned Frogs (1–1)
Period 1 2 34Total
Kansas State 6 8 7021
TCU 7 0 0714

at Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX

  • Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020
  • Game time: CDT
  • Game weather: • Temperature:
  • Game attendance: 0
  • TV: FOX
  • Pregame line: TCU -11.0
Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Statistics KSU TCU
First downs 12 20
Total yards 289 342
Rushes/yards 38-172 37-189
Passing yards 117 153
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 8-19-1 22-38-1
Time of possession 30:15 29:45
Team Category Player Statistics
Kansas State Passing Will Howard 8-19, 117 yards, 1 INT
Rushing Will Howard 13 carries, 86 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Deuce Vaughn 1 reception, 45 yards
TCU Passing Max Duggan 19–31, 154 yards
Rushing Darwin Barlow 8 carries, 56 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Blair Conwright 6 receptions, 60 yards

Vs. Kansas (homecoming)

Kansas Jayhawks (0–4) vs. No. 20 Kansas State Wildcats (3–1)
Period 1 2 34Total
Kansas 0 7 0714
No. 20 Kansas State 7 27 21055

at Bill Snyder Family StadiumManhattan, KS

  • Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020
  • Game time: CDT
  • Game weather: • Temperature:
  • Game attendance: 10,801
  • TV: FS1
  • Pregame line: KSU -19.0
Game information
First Quarter

KSU TD: Phillip Brooks 55 Yd Punt Return (Lynch Kick) KSU 7-0

Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Statistics KAN KSU
First downs 18 17
Total yards 320 381
Rushes/yards 39-113 33-129
Passing yards 207 252
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 22-39-1 18-28-0
Time of possession 30:40 29:20
Team Category Player Statistics
Kansas Passing Jalon Daniels 22–39, 207 yards, 1 INT
Rushing Velton Gardner 16 carries, 72 yards
Receiving Kwamie Lassiter II 7 receptions, 58 yards
Kansas State Passing Will Howard 17–24, 243 yards, 2 TD
Rushing Deuce Vaughn 11 carries, 71 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Deuce Vaughn 4 receptions, 81 yards

Phillip Brooks, sophomore wide receiver, had two punt returns in the first half.

At West Virginia

Kansas State Wildcats (0–0) vs. West Virginia Mountaineers (0–0)
Period 1 2 34Total
Kansas State 0 0 000
West Virginia 0 0 000

at Milan Puskar StadiumMorgantown, WV

  • Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020
  • Game time: CDT
  • Game weather: • Temperature:
  • Pregame line:
Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Statistics KSU WVU
First downs
Total yards
Rushes/yards
Passing yards
Passing: Comp–Att–Int
Time of possession
Team Category Player Statistics
Kansas State Passing
Rushing
Receiving
West Virginia Passing
Rushing
Receiving

Vs. Oklahoma State

No. 14 Oklahoma State Cowboys (4–1) vs. Kansas State Wildcats (4–2)
Period 1 2 34Total
No. 14 Oklahoma State 0 0 13720
Kansas State 3 9 0618

at Bill Snyder Family StadiumManhattan, KS

  • Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020
  • Game time: CST
  • Game weather: •Sunny Temperature: 75
  • Game attendance: 11,980
  • Referee: Michael Vandervelde
  • TV announcers (FOX): Tim Brando (play-by-play), Spencer Tillman (analyst)
  • Pregame line:
Game information
First Quarter
  • (4:35) KSU – Blake Lynch 30-yard field goal (Drive: 11 plays, 56 yards, 5:14; Kansas State 3–0)
Second Quarter
  • (8:58) KSU – Blake Lynch 29-yard field goal (Drive: 11 plays, 69 yards, 5:53; Kansas State 6–0)
  • (0:37) KSU – Phillip Brooks 4-yard pass from Will Howard (Drive: 9 plays, 89 yards, 2:14; Kansas State 12–0)
Third Quarter
  • (10:39) OKST – Alex Hale 35-yard field goal (Drive: 9 plays, 56 yards, 2:15; Kansas State 12–3)
  • (7:30) OKST – Brennan Presley 9-yard run, Alex Hale kick (Drive: 4 plays, 51 yards, 2:10; Kansas State 12–10)
  • (0:58) OKST – Alex Hale 33-yard field goal (Drive: 11 plays, 55 yards, 4:42; Oklahoma State 13–12)
Fourth Quarter
  • (6:32) OKST – Jason Taylor II 85-yard fumble return, Alex Hale kick (Drive: 4 plays, 70 yards, 2:08; Oklahoma State 20–12)
  • (2:08) KSU – Will Howard 2-yard run (Drive: 8 plays, 60 yards, 4:17; Oklahoma State 20–18)
Statistics OKST KSU
First downs 14 15
Total yards 256 370
Rushes/yards 40–148 44–227
Passing yards 108 143
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 14–23–0 10–22–1
Time of possession 28:09 31:51
Team Category Player Statistics
Oklahoma State Passing Spencer Sanders 14/23, 108 yards
Rushing LD Brown 15 carries, 110 yards
Receiving Dillon Stoner 7 receptions, 62 yards
Kansas State Passing Will Howard 10/21, 143 yards, TD, INT
Rushing Will Howard 14 carries, 125 yards, TD
Receiving Sammy Wheeler 1 reception, 58 yards

At Iowa State

Kansas State Wildcats (0–0) vs. Iowa State Cyclones (0–0)
Period 1 2 34Total
Kansas State 0 0 000
Iowa State 0 0 000

at Jack Trice StadiumAmes, IA

  • Date: Thursday, November 21, 2020
  • Game time: CST
  • Game weather: • Temperature:
  • Pregame line:
Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Statistics KSU ISU
First downs
Total yards
Rushes/yards
Passing yards
Passing: Comp–Att–Int
Time of possession
Team Category Player Statistics
Kansas State Passing
Rushing
Receiving
Iowa State Passing
Rushing
Receiving

At Baylor

Kansas State Wildcats (0–0) vs. Baylor Bears (0–0)
Period 1 2 34Total
Kansas State 0 0 000
Baylor 0 0 000

at McLane StadiumWaco, TX

  • Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020
  • Game time: CST
  • Game weather: • Temperature:
  • Pregame line:
Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Statistics KSU BAY
First downs
Total yards
Rushes/yards
Passing yards
Passing: Comp–Att–Int
Time of possession
Team Category Player Statistics
Kansas State Passing
Rushing
Receiving
Baylor Passing
Rushing
Receiving

Vs. Texas

Texas Longhorns (0–0) vs. Kansas State Wildcats (0–0)
Period 1 2 34Total
Texas 0 0 000
Kansas State 0 0 000

at Bill Snyder Family StadiumManhattan, KS

  • Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020
  • Game time: CST
  • Game weather: • Temperature:
  • Pregame line:
Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Statistics TEX KSU
First downs
Total yards
Rushes/yards
Passing yards
Passing: Comp–Att–Int
Time of possession
Team Category Player Statistics
Texas Passing
Rushing
Receiving
Kansas State Passing
Rushing
Receiving

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking ██ Decrease in ranking
— = Not ranked RV = Received votes
Week
PollPre1234567891011121314Final
APRVRV222016RV
CoachesRVRVRV221916RVRVRV
CFPNot releasedNot released

Players drafted into the NFL

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
7 235 Wyatt Hubert DE Cincinnati Bengals

References

  1. ^ Robinett, Kellis (December 16, 2020). "Kansas State pauses all football activities because of COVID, won't pursue bowl game". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  2. ^ Rittenberg, Adam. "Big 12 football media days going virtual due to coronavirus". ESPN.com. ESPN, Inc. Retrieved May 9, 2020.
  3. ^ "Oklahoma Tops Big 12 Football Media Preseason Poll". big12sports.com.
  4. ^ Talty, John. "SEC moves to conference-only 2020 schedule, pushes back start of season". AL.com. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  5. ^ "Kansas State Wildcats Schedule 2020". ESPN.com. ESPN, Inc. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  6. ^ Robinett, Kellis (September 15, 2020). "Arkansas State postpones football game due to COVID, days after playing Kansas State". Wichita Eagle. Retrieved September 27, 2020.
  • v
  • t
  • e
Kansas State Wildcats football
Venues
Bowls & rivalries
Culture & lore
People
Seasons