To earn this opportunity, K-State closed the season on a
tear. The Wildcats won four of their last five games,
including a pair of fourth-quarter, double-digit comeback
victories against Texas Tech and Iowa State. This marked the
only time in school history the Wildcats have won two games in
a season when trailing by 10 or more points in the fourth
Redshirt freshman quarterback Skylar Thompson,
who's been named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week twice this
season, led both come-from-behind efforts.
regular-season finale, he engineered an 87-yard scoring drive
in the final 1:55 against Iowa State, hitting Isaiah Zuber for
the go-ahead score with no time left on the clock. It was
first time the Wildcats scored a game-winning touchdown on the
final play of regulation since Kevin Lockett caught one
against Cincinnati in 1995.
"I am certainly pleased
with the progress that the young people in our program made
during the course of the latter part of the season," Snyder
said of his team, which won six of its last seven games last
season that ended with a victory over Texas A&M in the
Texas Bowl. "They obviously played well in the last several
ballgames of the year. Last year when we came back and
finished the season quite well at the end, that propelled us
into the bowl game. I thought there was a very positive
approach, and hopefully the finish this year will do the same
for our ballgame with UCLA."
For the second year in a
row, the Wildcats will also face off with one of the top NFL
Draft prospects. Last year, it was Texas A&M defensive end
Myles Garrett, who was taken No. 1 overall in the 2017 NFL
Draft. This year, the challenge will come on the other side of
UCLA junior quarterback Josh Rosen, projected
by many analysts to be the first player taken in April if he
enters the draft, has thrown for 3,717 yards, 26 touchdowns
and 10 interceptions this season. The Bruins average 345.3
passing yards a game, which ranks fifth in the country.
"UCLA is a very fine football team," Snyder said of
the Bruins, whom K-State has played three times in its
history, most recently in the 2015 Alamo Bowl. "They are more
than a formidable opponent."
K-State's seating allotment for
the Cactus Bowl includes a total of 6,000 tickets, and after
accommodating pre-orders, student tickets and team needs,
approximately 3,000 tickets remain for the general public. All
fans who placed a pre-order will receive the number of tickets
that were requested. The K-State Athletics Ticket Office will
work over the next week to assign specific seats based on the
athletic department priority points and mail pre-ordered
tickets. Detailed information regarding bowl ticket order
fulfillment has been emailed to fans who placed a pre-order.
Public tickets for K-State fans who did not place a
pre-order are available now at the K-State Online Ticket
Office at www.kstatesports.com/bowlgame
and through the K-State Athletics Ticket Office in Bramlage
Coliseum or via phone at 1-800-221-CATS beginning at 8:30
a.m., on Monday. Fans are strongly encouraged to order through
K-State's official allotment to ensure that all Wildcat fans
are seated in the official K-State sections of the stadium.
The location for K-State's ticket allotment at the Cactus Bowl
is among the best of any bowl game with prime lower level end
zone locations available for $65.
priced at $65, will go on sale at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday to ICAT
members, while all remaining students can purchase tickets
beginning Thursday at 8:30 a.m.??
The K-State Alumni
Association will also provide official travel packages to the
bowl game. Visit the Alumni Association's official bowl travel
page - http://k-statesportstours.com
– for travel package information.
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