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Kansas State tries to stay in polls after visiting Oklahoma State

Oct 20, 2007 - 10:36 AM No. 25 Kansas St (4-2) at Oklahoma St (4-3) 7:05 pm EDT

STILLWATER, Oklahoma (Ticker) -- The last time Kansas State was ranked, it promptly dropped out of the media poll.

Kansas State coach Ron Prince hopes the Wildcats make a better showing of themselves this time when they visit Oklahoma State in a Big 12 Conference matchup on Saturday.

On September 29, the Wildcats crushed then-No. 7 Texas in Austin, 41-21, and entered the poll at No. 24 the next day.

But Kansas State's stay in the poll was short-lived, as the Wildcats were beaten by intrastate foe Kansas the next week in Manhattan, 30-24.

The Wildcats (4-2, 2-1 Big 12 North) responded with an impressive 47-20 rout over division rival Colorado last Saturday.

James Johnson rushed for 159 yards and two touchdowns for the Wildcats, who picked off Buffaloes quarterback Cody Hawkins three times.

Oklahoma State (4-3, 2-1 South) rebounded from a disappointing 24-23 loss at Texas A&M to manhandle Nebraska on the road, 45-14.

Dantrell Savage ran for 212 yards and one of five rushing TDs for the Cowboys, who opened up a 38-0 halftime lead en route to the blowout victory.

Kansas State edged Oklahoma State at home last year, 31-27. The teams last met here in 2003, when the Cowboys posted a 38-34 win.