MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) – Kansas State accepted an invitation this afternoon to play in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl against Navy. The game will take place on December 31st in Memphis, Tennessee. Kickoff is at 2:45 p.m.
The Wildcats posted an 8-4 record, 5-4 in Big 12 play, during the 2019 campaign. The eight wins under coach Chris Klieman is a K-State record for a first-year head coach.
“We are excited to accept an invitation to play in the Liberty Bowl. I am really proud of our team, especially our seniors, and our staff for continuing to work hard day after day and collectively getting better throughout the season. The story of the 2019 Wildcats still has one game left, and we look forward to spending the holidays in Memphis and preparing for a great Navy team in what will be an exciting Liberty Bowl.”Chris Klieman’s statement on the Liberty Bowl from K-state
“I want to congratulate Coach Klieman and our football team and staff on a great regular season and getting our program back to a bowl game. We look forward to showcasing our football program and Kansas State University in the Liberty Bowl, and I know our fans are excited to show their outstanding support in Memphis while our football student-athletes, coaches and staff are provided a great experience.”Athletics Director Gene Taylor on the Liberty Bowl
The ‘Cats relied on a resilient defense and balanced rushing attack throughout 2019. They ranked second in the Big 12 allowing only 21.5 points per game and had the third-best passing defense in terms of passing yardage.
On offense, they averaged 189 yards a game on the ground and used a variety of players to reach that mark. Jordan Brown led the way with 698 yards in only 10 games.