K-State’s Big 12 Opener Slated for Night Kickoff


MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Big 12 Conference and ESPN announced Monday that Kansas State’s 2021 Big 12 opener at Oklahoma State on September 25 has been set for a 6 p.m., kick and will be shown on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

The Wildcats are looking to snap a two-game losing skid to OSU. The Wildcats lost last year at home, 20-18, to the 14th-ranked Cowboys. Last time in Stillwater – which was also a night game on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ – the Wildcats fell, 26-13.

Kansas State returns to action this Saturday as it hosts Nevada to close out the non-conference portion of its schedule. Kickoff against the Wolf Pack is slated for 1 p.m., and will be shown on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

Big 12 TV Selections for Saturday, September 25

Texas Tech at Texas 11 a.m. ABC
SMU at TCU 11 a.m. FS1
Iowa State at Baylor 2:30 p.m. FOX
Kansas at Duke 3 p.m. ACC Network
K-State at Oklahoma State 6 p.m. Big 12 Now on ESPN+
West Virginia at Oklahoma 6:30 p.m. ABC
Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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