STILLWATER - Oklahoma State faces its seventh matchup of the season this Saturday in Manhattan, Kansas, where head coach Bill Snyder and his K-State Wildcats loom. The matchups between the two regional rivals have been some of the Big 12's most dramatic contests in recent years, and the 2018 meeting figures to be the same theatric performance of years past.
Offensively, K-State has ran on a two-quarterback system with both Skylar Thompson and Alex Delton splitting time in the backfield. Thompson, however, has handled a majority of the quarterbacking duties in recent weeks. So far this season, the redshirt sophomore has completed 62 of his 110 passes for 750 yards and five touchdowns. He has also carried the rock 61 yards, logging 225 yards and three touchdowns on the ground so far in 2018.
A large chunk of Thompson's rushing total came from his performance against Baylor last weekend, which saw him bolt into the endzone from 52 yards out to give K-State a momentary 27-20 lead over the Bears.
The Wildcat offense has also relied heavily on running back Alex Barnes to move to the ball, with the junior notching 607 yards and five touchdowns on 104 carries so far in 2018. Like his quarterback, Barnes' impressive yardage tally was boosted by a breakout game against Baylor this past weekend, when he rushed for a career-high 250 yards and three touchdown son just 22 carries.
His three touchdowns came from 34, 48 and 55 yards out, showing that a K-State offense that typically relies on grinding out points does possess some explosive capability this season.
On the defensive side of the ball, five Wildcats have logged at least 20 total tackles so far this season, with Da'Quan Patton standing as the leader in the clubhouse with 30. Twenty-six of Patton's tackles have been solo stops, which is tied with Eli Walker for the team lead.
Reggie Walker has been the Wildcats' most effective at pushing the opposition backward, as he has racked up a team-best four tackles for loss and three sacks through six games.
Saturday's matchup in Manhattan is slated to kickoff at 11 a.m. CT on ESPNU.