Dec 31, 2019; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Kansas State Wildcats players react during the first half against the Navy Midshipmen  at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

News Articles

Kansas State looks to out-muscle Arkansas State

Kansas State opens the 2020 football season with a matchup with Arkansas State on Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan.

The Wildcats aim to continue the success they had last season under head coach Chris Klieman after a generation’s worth under Bill Snyder, who led the team in 27 of the previous 30 campaigns. The Red Wolves are looking to continue a nine-year bowl streak, the last six under head coach Blake Anderson.

Arkansas State (0-1) opened the season last week with a 37-24 loss at Memphis.

Arkansas State led Memphis 14-7 after one quarter, but the Tigers poured it on, leading by seven at halftime and by as many as 20 points in the fourth quarter. The team stats were not that disparate, with Memphis gaining a total of 502 yards and the Red Wolves gaining 424. It was a matter of making the most of opportunities.

“We had a few opportunities to make it interesting and just missed those really good chances,” Anderson said after the game. “We had an opportunity to tie it up and we let them off the hook a couple of times. We really did not tackle well at all and have to do a better job of wrapping up.

“There were some miscommunications defensively, which we thought could be a concern with as many new bodies as we have there. Offensively, we didn’t match up great against how big they were up front.”

Size might be an issue for the Red Wolves in this game as well, especially when Kansas State has the ball. The Wildcats are replacing five senior offensive line starters from last year, but there is plenty of size with the guys who should start.

Offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham named his choices for four of the five starters in a Zoom call with reporters last Friday. Left tackle Kaitori Leveston, left guard Josh Rivas and center Noah Johnson are pretty certain. Right guard will probably be Ben Adler, and right tackle is “still a little bit of a work in progress,” Messingham said. “We feel really good about Cooper Beebe, Logan Long and Christian Duffie.”

Duffie was listed as the starter when Kansas State unveiled a depth chart earlier this week.

The starting offensive line comprising Leveston, Rivas, Johnson, Adler and Duffie would average 320.2 pounds. That would be K-State’s heaviest line in more than two decades.

The two Arkansas State quarterbacks had fairly even stats against Memphis, with Logan Bonner throwing for 133 yards but throwing the only touchdown pass. Layne Hatcher, the transfer from Alabama, threw for 166.

The two combined for 299 yards on 27-of-43 passing. Bonner threw two interceptions.

K-State doesn’t return a lot of starters, especially on offense. But senior quarterback Skylar Thompson is a key returnee. He adapted well to Klieman’s offense this year and seems ready to take the next step.

Thompson heads into his senior season joining his quarterbacks coach Collin Klein as the only quarterbacks in school history to rank in the top 10 all-time in passing yards (10th, 4,395), passing efficiency (seventh, 132.8), completion percentage (fourth, 59.5), rushing yards by a quarterback (fifth, 1,045), and touchdown responsibility (eighth, 45).

–Field Level Media

Field Level Media
Sport Writer & Editor
FLM has a North American focus while tying into regional and hyper-local resources – providing the ability to distribute compelling content through the writing of professional journalists. As the U.S. sports content provider to dozens of digital and print media publishers through strategic partnerships with the likes of Reuters and Nielsen Sports, FLM covers the nuts and bolts with a breaking news desk and game event coverage.

Sportsbooks

Rated 5/5

Rated 5/5

Rated 5/5

Rated 5/5

Upcoming Games

Aug 27th, 3:33 PM

Vanderbilt +1 -107

Hawaii -1 -107

@

Aug 27th, 3:33 PM

Duquesne

Florida State

@

Aug 27th, 3:33 PM

Florida A&M

North Carolina

@

Aug 27th, 3:33 PM

Wyoming +8.5 -110

Illinois -8.5 -110

@

Aug 27th, 3:33 PM

Nebraska -10.5 -107

Northwestern +10.5 -107

@

Aug 27th, 3:33 PM

UCONN +29.5 -110

Utah State (24) -29.5 -110

@

Aug 27th, 3:33 PM

Nevada -16.5 -110

New Mexico State +16.5 -110

@

Aug 27th, 3:33 PM

Austin Peay

WKU

@

Aug 27th, 3:33 PM

Charlotte +5.5 -110

Florida Atlantic -5.5 -110

@

Aug 27th, 3:33 PM

North Texas -4 -107

UTEP +4 -107

@

Sep 1st, 3:33 PM

Northern Arizona

Arizona State

@

Sep 1st, 3:33 PM

Central Michigan +19 -110

Oklahoma State (7) -19 -110

@

Sep 1st, 3:33 PM

West Virginia +7.5 -107

Pittsburgh (13) -7.5 -107

@

Sep 1st, 3:33 PM

VMI

Wake Forest (15)

@

Sep 1st, 3:33 PM

New Mexico State +37.5 -107

Minnesota -37.5 -107

@

Sep 1st, 3:33 PM

Penn State -3.5 -107

Purdue +3.5 -107

@

Sep 1st, 3:33 PM

Cal Poly

Fresno State

@

Sep 1st, 3:33 PM

St. Francis-PA

Akron

@

Sep 1st, 3:33 PM

South Carolina State

UCF

@

Sep 1st, 3:33 PM

Bryant

Florida International (FIU)

@

Sep 1st, 3:33 PM

Alabama A&M

UAB

@

Sep 1st, 7:00 PM

Ball State +27.5 -110

Tennessee -27.5 -110

@

Sep 1st, 8:00 PM

LA Tech +16 -107

Missouri -16 -107

@

Sep 2nd, 3:33 PM

TCU -9 -107

Colorado +9 -107

@

Sep 2nd, 3:33 PM

Temple +6.5 -107

Duke -6.5 -107

@

Sep 2nd, 3:33 PM

Virginia Tech -7.5 -107

Old Dominion +7.5 -107

@

Sep 2nd, 3:33 PM

Illinois +3.5 +103

Indiana -3.5 +103

@

Sep 2nd, 3:33 PM

Western Michigan +20 -107

Michigan State (9) -20 -107

@

Sep 2nd, 3:33 PM

Eastern Kentucky

Eastern Michigan

@

Sep 2nd, 3:33 PM

William & Mary

Charlotte

@

Sep 2nd, 8:00 PM

Tennessee Tech

Kansas

@

Sep 3rd, 3:30 PM

Oregon (22) +16.5 -107

Georgia (1) -16.5 -107

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Utah State (24) +31.5 -107

Alabama (2) -31.5 -107

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Cincinnati (4) +7.5 -107

Arkansas (21) -7.5 -107

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Mercer

Auburn

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Utah (12) +1.5 -107

Florida -1.5 -107

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Miami-OH +20 -110

Kentucky (18) -20 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Memphis +11.5 -107

Mississippi State -11.5 -107

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Troy +21.5 -110

Ole Miss (11) -21.5 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Georgia State +11 -110

South Carolina -11 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Sam Houston State

Texas A&M

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Elon

Vanderbilt

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Arizona +10 -110

San Diego State (25) -10 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

UC Davis

California

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Boise State +2.5 -110

Oregon State -2.5 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Colgate

Stanford

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Bowling Green +3 -110

UCLA -3 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Rice +33.5 -107

USC -33.5 -107

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Kent State +23.5 -110

Washington -23.5 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Idaho

Washington State

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Southeast Missouri State

Iowa State

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

South Dakota

Kansas State

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

UTEP +39 -110

Oklahoma (10) -39 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Albany-NY

Baylor (5)

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Louisiana-Monroe +39 -110

Texas -39 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Murray State

Texas Tech

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Rutgers +9 -110

Boston College -9 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Bethune-Cookman

Miami-FL

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

NC State (20) -10 -110

East Carolina +10 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

North Carolina -4 -110

Appalachian State +4 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Louisville -2.5 -110

Syracuse +2.5 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Richmond

Virginia

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

South Dakota State

Iowa (23)

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Buffalo +20.5 -110

Maryland -20.5 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Colorado State +30 -110

Michigan (3) -30 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

North Dakota

Nebraska

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Illinois State

Wisconsin

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Houston (17) -6.5 -110

UTSA +6.5 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Central Connecticut State

UCONN

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Massachusetts +31.5 -110

Tulane -31.5 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Army +3 -110

Coastal Carolina -3 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Northern Iowa

Air Force

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Maine

New Mexico

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Tulsa -2 -110

Wyoming +2 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

WKU -7 -105

Hawaii +7 -105

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Texas State +11 -110

Nevada -11 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Portland State

San Jose State

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Idaho State

UNLV

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Delaware

Navy

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

SMU -7.5 -110

North Texas +7.5 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

BYU (19) -13 -110

USF +13 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Liberty -4 -110

Southern Miss +4 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Middle Tennessee +4.5 -110

James Madison -4.5 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Morgan State

Georgia Southern

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Grambling State

Arkansas State

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Florida Atlantic -1 -110

Ohio +1 -110

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Nicholls State

South Alabama

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Eastern Illinois

NIU

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

LIU

Toledo

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Southeastern Louisiana

Louisiana-Lafayette (16)

@

Sep 3rd, 3:33 PM

Norfolk State

Marshall

@

Sep 3rd, 7:30 PM

Notre Dame (8) +13.5 -107

Ohio State (6) -13.5 -107

@