Kansas State running back Deuce Vaughn (22) carries the ball as Texas defensive back Brenden Schooler (14) defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Austin, Texas, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Kansas State running back Deuce Vaughn (22) carries the ball as Texas defensive back Brenden Schooler (14) defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Austin, Texas, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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Kansas State (7-5, Big 12) vs. LSU (6-6, SEC), Jan. 4, 9 p.m. ET

LOCATION: Houston

TOP PLAYERS

Kansas State: RB Deuce Vaughn, 1,258 yards and 15 touchdowns rushing; 47 receptions for 471 yards and three touchdowns.

LSU: QB Max Johnson, 2,815 yards, 27 touchdowns. LB Damone Clark, 135 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks.

NOTABLE

Kansas State: The Wildcats started the season with a 7-3 record before closing the regular season with losses to Baylor and Texas.

LSU: The Tigers won their final two games, including a victory over Texas A&M, to even their record and become bowl eligible. LSU will close out the season with a win under interim coach Brad Davis.

LAST TIME

LSU 21, Kansas State 0. (Sept. 13, 1980)

BOWL HISTORY

Kansas State: Third Texas Bowl appearance and 23rd bowl appearance overall. The Wildcats were bowl eligible last season, but unable to field enough players due to COVID-19.

LSU: Second Texas Bowl appearance. The Tigers beat Texas Tech 56-27 in 2015. This will be LSU's 53rd bowl game.

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