September 28, 2006

The game up close: K-State at Baylor

Kansas State head coach Ron Prince doesn't settle for moral victories, but the Wildcats seemed relatively pleased with how they played in last week's loss to Louisville, particularly on defense. Nothing but a win on the scoreboard will do this weekend, however, as the Wildcats travel to Baylor to open up Big 12 Conference play.

The Game Up Close: Kansas State (3-1, 0-0) vs. Baylor (1-3, 0-0)

Saturday, Sept. 30, 6:05 p.m. kickoff
Floyd Casey Stadium, Waco, Texas

Baylor rush offense vs. Kansas State rush defense
The numbers:
KSU rush defense: Allowing 107.5 yards per game, No. 6 in the Big 12, No. 42 overall
BU rush offense: Averaging 29.8 yards per game, No. 12 in the Big 12, No. 119 overall

The breakdown: Baylor rarely attempts to run the football, and the Bears have had little success on the ground when they have decided to hand off. Leading rushers Brandon Whitaker and Paul Mosley have combined to carry the ball 50 times for only a total 187 yards and one touchdown. The team averages just 1.7 yards per carry with a long rush of 20 yards on the season, numbers that won't scare any defense, including K-State's. The Wildcats had a difficult time defending a very talented Louisville rushing attack last week in giving up more than 220 yards on the ground, but K-State limited big plays and would have held the Cardinals below the 200-yard rushing mark if not for long run on a fake punt. Look for linebacker Brandon Archer and the rest of K-State's defense to bottle up the Bears' ground attack throughout the contest.

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