MANHATTAN — Daniel Thomas hasn’t experienced it. Wade Weibert, Braden Wilson and Emmanuel Lamur are still waiting, too.
They have never felt the joy of taking part in a Kansas State football road victory.
Last year, five losses away from Snyder Family Stadium kept K-State out of a bowl game. And despite the improvements Snyder has made to the program in his second tenure, K-State's season will again be defined by how it handles road trips. Five of its final seven games are away from home.
"We have a lot to prove," Weibert said.
First up is tonight’s 6:30 p.m. clash at Kansas, the Wildcats’ first road game of the season. K-State has lost eight straight in front of opposing fans since defeating Texas A&M 44-30 on Oct. 11, 2008.
The Wildcats say they are to meet the challenges of the road and end the streak.
"Considering this is our first true road game, it would give us a little bit of momentum," said wide receiver Chris Harper. "Not just for away games, but just for the rest of the season, period. It would get the ball back rolling the way it was before."
Back the way it was when K-State won its first four games and was consistently running the ball for big yardage.
But three of those wins came at home, and the other came at a neutral setting against Iowa State at Arrowhead Stadium.
Snyder said it was a good sign that the Wildcats were able to win the only game they've traveled to, but players say they still have a lot to prove. While they may have already played the toughest opponent on their schedule — Nebraska — their toughest stretch of opponents lies ahead.
K-State was able to beat Iowa State in the same location last year, but that didn't help when it traveled to Louisiana-Lafayette, UCLA, Texas Tech, Oklahoma or Nebraska.
"That was last year," Weibert said. "This is a whole new year. We have a different group of guys, and we have a lot more spirit in the locker room."
Winning road games is a staple of quality teams, and everyone on the roster knows it. Coming up with a victory at Kansas will help the Wildcats start believing in themselves.
"That would speak volumes about our team's maturity," offensive lineman Zach Kendall said. "This next half of our season is pretty much all away. We're just going to have to strap it up and go play football."
That's all Snyder is asking.
While he admits winning on the road is a big hurdle his team needs to get over, he's never thought opposing crowds and atmospheres should have an impact on mentally strong teams.
"You still go into the dressing room," he said. "You still get dressed. You still go out and warm up. You still come into the locker room. You still go back out onto the field.æ.æ.æ. It shouldn't make any difference where we play."
K-State is out to prove it no longer does.
TV, or not TV — Tonight’s game will be televised on Fox Sports Kansas City, but will not be available to Dish Network customers. Dish dropped Fox’s regional sports networks on Oct. 1.