Nov 26, 2019 12:05 PM

Pittsburgh rallies to defeat Kansas State

Posted Nov 26, 2019 12:05 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Sophomore Xavier Johnson’s layup with 11 seconds gave Pittsburgh the lead for good, as the Panthers rallied past Kansas State, 63-59, to earn a spot in the championship game of the Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans Fort Myers Tipoff on Monday night at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena.


With the loss, K-State (4-1) will play Bradley (4-2) in the tournament’s third-place game at 5 p.m., CT on Wednesday. The Braves lost to Northwestern, 78-51, in the second semifinal game.


Down 57-51 with 4:06 to play, K-State used a 7-0 run over an 81-second stretch to take a 58-57 lead over Pittsburgh with 2:45 to play. With the opportunity to extend the lead, the Wildcats missed four consecutive field goals and the front end of two 1-and-1 free throw opportunities before Johnson’s go-ahead lay-up.


Johnson extended the lead with a pair of free throws after an offensive foul on junior Cartier Diarra with 5 seconds left before freshman Justin Champagnie finished it off with two more from the line.


On a night when K-State knocked down 10 3-point field goals on 50 percent shooting, it was poor shooting from inside the arc (13-of-38) and from the free throw line (3-of-13) that proved to be the difference in the game. Despite holding Pitt to just 1-of-16 shooting from 3-point range, the Panthers connected on 67.7 percent (21-of-31) of their field goals inside the arc and hit on 85.7 percent (18-of-21) from the free throw line.


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Nov 26, 2019 12:05 PM
Wildcats host Iowa State on Senior Night in Manhattan

Game 12

22/rv/rv Iowa State at Kansas State

Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019

Kickoff: 6 p.m.

Location: Manhattan, Kan.

Stadium: Bill Snyder Family Stadium (50,000)

Series: Iowa State leads, 50-48-4


K-State returns home following a 30-27 win at Texas Tech for the final regular-season game of the year as the Wildcats host No. 22 Iowa State on Senior Night. The game, which kicks at 6 p.m., will air on FS1 with Brian Custer (play-by-play) and Robert Smith (analyst) on the call. The contest can be heard across the 39-station K-State Sports Network with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play), former K-State quarterback Stan Weber (analyst) and Matt Walters (sidelines) calling the action. The game can also be heard on SiriusXM (S: 98, X: 200, Internet: 954) in addition to the TuneIn app.


• K-State is bowl-eligible under first-year head coach Chris Klieman and is looking to improve upon its bowl position and 7-4 record this weekend on Senior Night.

• K-State has rushed for 2,037 yards this year on 462 carries which includes 26 rushing touchdowns after tallying only 20 rushing scores a year ago.

• K-State totaled 11 rushing scores over the Oklahoma and Kansas games, which were the most in the nation over that stretch. Skylar Thompson had seven of those scores, also the best in the nation during that stretch.

• Thompson’s seven rushing scores against OU and KU were the most over a two-game stretch by a K-State quarterback since Collin Klein in 2012.

• Thompson – who has four career game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or later – has thrown for 2,134 yards and 12 touchdowns with four interceptions.

• Thompson also became the fourth signal caller in school history with 4,000 career passing yards and 1,000 career rushing yards, but the first to do so prior to his senior year.

• Receivers Dalton Schoen and Malik Knowles each have over 350 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

• The K-State defense enters the week ranked highly in many statistical categories, including third down defense (4th; 27.9%) and first downs allowed (25th; 195).

• K-State has given up just 10 passing TDs this season, which are tied for the sixth fewest nationally this year.

• The Cats have surrendered only 34 total third down conversions this season – tied for the fewest in the FBS – while they were the final team to allow a fourth-down conversion when they did so at Texas on November 9.

• Linebacker Elijah Sullivan (52) and safety Wayne Jones (52) lead the team in tackles.

• Eleven different Cats have at least 2.0 TFLs – led by Wyatt Hubert’s 10.5 – and Hubert leads the team and ranks second in the Big 12 with 7.0 sacks.

• The Wildcats possess a great kicker/punter duo as Blake Lynch ranks 10th nationally in field goal percentage (88.9%), while Devin Anctil ranks 16th in the nation with a 44.9-yard punting average.

• Freshman Joshua Youngblood has two kickoff-return touchdowns this season – a 98-yarder at Texas and a 100-yarder last week at Texas Tech, the latter earning him Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors.


• Iowa State enters the game with a 7-4 overall record and 5-3 mark in Big 12 play.

• All four of Iowa State’s losses have been by seven points or less.

• Brock Purdy leads the offense with 3,575 passing yards and 26 touchdowns, while receivers Deshaunte Jones (70 catches) and La’Michael Pettway (48) along with tight end Charlie Kolar (47) are his favorite targets.

• True freshman Breece Hall leads the team with 783 rushing yards and eight touchdowns, while Purdy is second with 268 yards and eight scores.

• On defense, Iowa State ranks 28th nationally against the run and is No. 50 in total defense.

• Marcel Spears leads the team with 80 tackles, while O’Rien Vance has a team-high 9.0 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks.

• Lawrence White, who is second on the team with 77 tackles, has a team-high two interceptions.


Director of Football Communications

K-State Athletics