Oregon Ducks vs. Kansas State Wildcats

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The 2013 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, scheduled for University of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, is the only BCS bowl pitting two of the nation’s top 10 offenses.

Combining to average 91.5 points (50.8 Oregon, 40.7 Kansas State) and 960.5 yards (550.1 Ducks, 410.4 Wildcats) per game, this could be the year the two-team Tostitos Fiesta Bowl single-game records for points (86 in 1996) and total yardage (1129 in 1972) is threatened.

Both schools arrive in the desert on the heels of national title-contending seasons. The Ducks ranked in the top four slots of the BCS every week, climbing as high as no. 2 in early November, the same week the Big 12 Conference champion Wildcats reached no. 1. In the final BCS rankings, the Ducks and Wildcats finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Oregon used merciless offensive precision to score 40 or more points in 11 of 12 games. In 80 scoring drives, 44 lasted less than two minutes and 22 were 60 seconds or less. The Ducks extended their school-record winning streak to 13 games by prevailing in the first 10 outings of the season. Besides scoring and total offense, the Ducks also led the Pac-12 Conference in pass efficiency (159.8), punt-return average (14.2), passes intercepted (24), third-down conversions (47.3 pct.), fourth-down conversions (70.4 pct.) and turnover margin (+19). In fact, Oregon was the national leader in passes intercepted and tied for the lead in total turnovers (38).

Kansas State enjoyed its highest final BCS ranking in school history and reached no. 1 in the BCS for the first time. K-State ranked 10th nationally in scoring offense while also leading the country in turnover margin (+21). The Wildcats’ defense held seven opponents (Missouri State, Miami, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas) to less than 100 yards rushing, finishing 16th nationally in rushing defense (119.2 yards per game). Quarterback Collin Klein, a leading Heisman Trophy candidate, became the first signal-caller from a BCS automatic-qualifying school in the BCS era to record 20 rushing touchdowns and 10 passing touchdown in two seasons and he is one of only four quarterbacks to accomplish the feat.

Oregon & Kansas State In The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl / Tostitos BCS National Championship Game
Oregon (1-1):  Lost to Auburn 22–19 in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game hosted by the Fiesta Bowl on January 10, 2011 … defeated Colorado 38-16 in the 31st annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 1, 2002 … UO’s Joey Harrington and Steve Smith were named offensive and defensive players of the game, respectively.

Kansas State (1-1): Lost to Ohio State, 35-28, in the 33rd Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2004 … defeated Syracuse 35-18 in the 27th annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on December 31, 1997 … KSU’s Michael Bishop and Travis Ochs were named offensive and defensive players of the game, respectively.

Oregon & Kansas State In BCS Games
Oregon (2-2):  Defeated Wisconsin 45-38 in 2012 Rose Bowl
                        Lost to Auburn 22-19 in 2011 Tostitos BCS National Championship Game
                        Lost to Ohio State 26-17 in 2010 Rose Bowl
                        Defeated Colorado 38-16 in the 2002 Fiesta Bowl

Kansas State (0-1): Lost to Ohio State 35–28 in 2004 Fiesta Bowl

This Season
Oregon (11–1, 8–1 Pac-12 Conference): Finished fourth in the final BCS rankings … held national no. 1 ranking for one week before falling to Stanford on Nov. 17 … extended school-record winning streak to 13 games by winning its first 10 outings of the season … ranked first in the Pac-12 Conference and second nationally in scoring, averaging 50.8 points per game … ranked fourth nationally in total offense (550.1 ypg) and third in rushing yards (323.3 ypg) … led the Pac-12 Conference in pass efficiency (159.8), punt-return average (14.2), passes intercepted (24), third-down conversions (47.3 pct), fourth-down conversions (70.4 pct), turnover margin (+19, 38-19) and defense (68.1 pct.) … ranked second in the league in red-zone offense (90 pct.) … Oregon was the national leader in passes intercepted and tied for first in total turnovers (38) … posted a 4-1 record against AP Top 25 opponents and averaged a 28.8-point margin of victory … scored 40 or more points in 11 of 12 games … in 80 scoring drives, 44 lasted less than two minutes and 22 were 60 seconds or less.

Kansas State (11–1, 8–1 Big 12 Conference): Finished fifth in the final BCS rankings, the highest ranking in school history … achieved the school’s first no. 1 ranking in the BCS poll on Nov. 11 … won third conference championship and second Big 12 title in school history (2003) … ranked 10th nationally in scoring offense (40.7 ppg) … tops in the nation in turnover margin (+21, 31-10) … 16th nationally in rushing defense (119.2 ypg) … defense led the Big 12 with 23 sacks in league play … led the Big 12 and ranked third nationally with fewest penalties (42 total) … KSU’s defense allowed less than 100 yards rushing against seven opponents: Missouri State (95), Miami (40), Oklahoma (87), West Virginia (88), Oklahoma State (87), TCU (96) and Texas (99) … Collin Klein became the first quarterback from a BCS AQ school in the BCS era to record 20 rushing touchdowns and 10 passing touchdowns in two seasons and is one of only four QBs to accomplish the feat once.

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Claimed its third conference title in school history and second Big 12 Conference championship … making second BCS appearance in school history … also appeared in 33rd annual Fiesta Bowl in 2004 after earning the school’s only other Big 12 title … 428-567-34 all-time record in 101 years of football at Kansas State … making third consecutive bowl appearance and 16th in the 21-year tenure of head coach Bill Snyder … prior to Snyder’s arrival at KSU, the Wildcats made one bowl appearance in 77 years … 6-9 all-time in postseason play … lost last four bowl games dating to the 2004 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl … since 1999, KSU leads the nation in non-offensive touchdowns (87) … the Wildcats have tallied points in 202 consecutive games, the eighth longest streak in the nation and the longest in the Big 12 … has not been shutout since Nov. 16, 1996.

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Oregon is making its fourth consecutive BCS bowl appearance, the longest active streak in college football … the Ducks are one of four programs in the country to qualify for four or more consecutive BCS bowls since the series’ inception … UO has 76 all-time appearances in the BCS standings, the most of any Pac-12 school and the seventh most nationally … five consecutive seasons with 10 or more wins, a school record, and eight consecutive winning seasons … eight 10-win seasons since 2000 following none since the program’s inception in 1894 … own a 13-6 record against AP Top 25 teams since 2009, (9-2 at home) … since 2000, UO is 34-6 in regular-season, non-conference games and boasts a 3-1 record vs. SEC, 5-2 vs. Big 10, 1-1 vs. Big 12, 4-0 vs. MWC, 12-2 vs. WAC and 2-0 vs. C-USA … 89 consecutive sellouts at Autzen Stadium, the fourth-longest streak in the nation.

Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder
Owns a 170-84-1 record in 21 seasons at Kansas State, including a 97-65-1 slate in Big 12 games … on K-State’s all-time coaching victories list, Snyder’s win total more than triples co-no. 2 Vince Gibson (1967-74) and Charlie Bachman (1920-27) who each won 33 games … ranks ninth all-time in wins among active FBS coaches … one of only five active FBS coaches with more than 150 career wins … 14th-fastest coach in college football history to 100 wins … fourth-longest tenured active coach in the FBS … lone BCS coach who has served at the same school for at least 20 years without holding a head-coaching position at another school … guided K-State to five division titles and two Big 12 championships (also 2003) … led the Wildcats to no. 1 ranking in the BCS Poll on Nov. 11, the highest ranking in school history … 14 bowl appearances in 21 years as KSU’s head coach, including three BCS bowl games … owns a 6-7 record (.462) in postseason play … recipient of the 1998 Associated Press, Paul “Bear” Bryant and Walter Camp Coach of the Year awards … three-time winner of the Big 12 Coach of the Year award (1998, 2002, ’11).

Oregon Head Coach Chip Kelly
Completing sixth season on Oregon’s coaching staff and fourth as head coach … owns a 45-7 record in 52 games since becoming the Ducks’ head coach in 2009 … boasts a 33-3 record in Pac-12 play … guided the Ducks to a 45-38 victory over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl in 2012, Oregon’s first Rose Bowl victory since 1916 … 2010 recipient of the Associated Press, Eddie Robinson presented by the Fiesta Bowl and Walter Camp Coach of the Year Awards … two-time Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year, including his first season at the Ducks’ helm in 2009 ….865 overall winning percentage is highest in school history and .917 winning percentage in conference play is best in league annals … only coach in school history to guide the football team to three consecutive undisputed conference championships … UO has been ranked in every BCS Standings (31) since Kelly became head coach, including 28 appearances in the Top 10 … Oregon is 5-3 against the AP top-10 under Kelly with two of the defeats coming in BCS bowl games … his coaching staff is the only one among FBS schools that has experienced no turnover during the past four seasons, including 2012.