K-State to meet Michigan in the desert

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 8, 2013 at 8:54 pm •  Published: December 8, 2013

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kansas State is headed back to the desert, this time to face Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

The Wildcats hope it goes a little better than the last time around.

National-title contenders until late in the season, Kansas State fell flat in last season's Fiesta Bowl, losing 35-17 to Oregon.

"We've had so many opportunities to be in Phoenix and we've always been treated well by the people there," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said Sunday night after the bowl announcement. "We're looking forward to the opportunity and are honored to be chosen."

Coming off one of the program's best season, Kansas State (7-5) struggled to open the season without Heisman Trophy finalist Colin Klein, losing four of their first six games, starting with a disheartening home loss to FCS school North Dakota State.

The Wildcats bounced back with a four-game winning streak and closed the regular season with a 31-10 rout of rival Kansas on Saturday to earn a spot in the Dec. 28 game at Arizona State's Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.

They'll be facing a team that headed in the opposite direction as the season progressed.

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