K-State’s Big 12 Opener Set for Primetime Kick

Courtesy of K-State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Big 12 Conference and FOX Sports announced Monday that Kansas State’s Big 12 opener, a home game on September 23 against UCF, will kick at 7 p.m. and be televised by FS1.

The Wildcats are in search of winning their second-straight Big 12 opener after a 41-34 triumph at No. 6 Oklahoma last year. It would be the first time K-State has won its first Big 12 game in consecutive seasons since 2011 and 2012. Next weekend’s matchup will be the first-ever Big 12 game for UCF and Kansas State’s second all-time meeting with the Knights. The Wildcats earned a 17-13 victory in 2010 on a last-minute touchdown when the Knights were a member of Conference USA and finished the season with an 11-3 record.

K-State closes out non-conference action this Saturday at Missouri, an 11 a.m., contest inside Memorial Stadium in Columbia that will be shown on SEC Network.

A limited number of SRO tickets are available for the game UCF priced at $62 apiece, and those tickets can be purchased online at www.k-statesports.com/tickets or by phone at 1-800-221-CATS. K-State fans looking to purchase single-game tickets through the secondary market are encouraged to do so through SeatGeek, K-State’s official secondary ticket partner. Fraudulent tickets are often seen on gamedays, and K-State Athletics can only verify secondary market tickets and assist fans with issues on gamedays with tickets that are purchased directly from K-State or from SeatGeek.

Big 12 TV Selections for Saturday, September 23

Oklahoma at Cincinnati 11 a.m. FOX
SMU at TCU 11 a.m. FS1
BYU at Kansas 2:30 p.m. ESPN
Texas Tech at West Virginia 2:30 p.m. Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Oklahoma State at Iowa State 3 p.m. FS1
Sam Houston at Houston 6 p.m. Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Texas at Baylor 6:30 p.m. ABC
UCF at K-State 7 p.m. FS1
Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttp://www.sunflowerstateradio.com
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 2020 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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