September 29, 2006

Defense, special teams may be enough

There's a time for everything and the time for the Kansas State Wildcats to leave the comfy confines of Bill Snyder Family Stadium has arrived. The Wildcats will open Big 12 play on the road Saturday night at Baylor and it's time for the Wildcats to prove where they are at in the building process designed by Coach Ron Prince.

K-State carries a 3-1 record to Waco, Texas, and with the Bears at 1-3, it would appear to be a good opportunity for the Wildcats to steal a quick conference road win and set the table for greater success than most outside of Manhattan expected from this team.

"Going on the road in any kind of major conference, being able to go and win a road game is a significant hurdle for you," Prince said. "If you can go and win those road games, you have a really good chance to be on your way to where you want to go, which is the title game. This will be a really big challenge for us."

Unless there's a major breakthrough on offense, it will be the defense carrying the load to victory for the Cats. K-State's defense has played physically and set the tempo of games so far this season, even against the eighth-ranked Louisville Cardinals last weekend. Louisville won 24-6, but after an initial touchdown drive, K-State's defense battled the Cardinals throughout.

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