Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

K-State Notebook: Wildcats, Texas Tech Battling for Bowl Eligibility

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

K-State Notebook: Wildcats, Texas Tech Battling for Bowl Eligibility

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The Kansas State and Texas Tech football teams meet Saturday facing similar predicaments: Both are in the midst of losing streaks and trying to become bowl eligible.

K-State hasn't won a Big 12 game, standing 0-5 in the conference and 3-5 overall. With four games remaining, the Wildcats need three wins to play in a bowl game for the sixth consecutive season.

"The goals right now are directed toward putting ourselves in position where we have an opportunity to compete in a bowl game," coach Bill Snyder said Monday on the Big 12 teleconference.

Texas Tech (5-5, 2-5 Big 12) has lost three in a row but has only two games left to become bowl eligible, facing K-State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Lubbock and traveling to face Texas on Nov. 26.

"We haven't brought that up as a staff," Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. "Our players know six is the number, I'm sure, but every week we just try to focus on that week and playing our best game.

"We don't think we've played our best one, yet. We've gotten better and improved but we're not where we want to be. We've tried to stay away from that. I guess it's the elephant in the room for our players but it's not something we're harping on."

Despite the five-game losing streak, the Wildcats showed some promise in their last setback against No. 2 Baylor. They trailed 31- 10 in the fourth quarter but scored two touchdowns to stay close, coming away with a 31-24 loss.

"You have to reach and grab hold of anything and everything you can in order to continue to supply the motivation," Snyder said. "It certainly was meaningful that they were able to come back when they were down by such a margin, particularly considering the fact what had taken place the previous four ballgames."

The Red Raiders are taking the same approach after losses at Oklahoma (63-27), Oklahoma State (70-53) and at West Virginia (31- 26). …

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