October 12, 2006

The game up close: Nebraska at K-State

Kansas State has new life after a furious fourth-quarter comeback led by Josh Freeman propelled the Wildcats to a 31-27 win over Oklahoma State last Saturday. Now the Wildcats (4-2, 1-1) will look to put themselves in the thick of the Big 12 North race by upsetting No. 21 Nebraska (5-1, 2-0) in Manhattan. Can K-State knock off the Huskers for the fifth straight time in the Little Apple?

The Game Up Close: No. 21 Nebraska (5-1, 2-0) vs. Kansas State (4-2, 1-1)

Saturday, Oct. 14, 6:10 p.m. kickoff
Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, Kan.
FSN Pay-Per-View

Nebraska rush offense vs. Kansas State rush defense
The numbers:
KSU rush defense: Allowing 106.8 yards per game, No. 5 in the Big 12, No. 30 overall
NU rush offense: Averaging 210.7 yards per game, No. 1 in the Big 12, No. 8 overall

The breakdown: Many perceive Bill Callahan's version of Nebraska football as a pass-happy bunch quick to abandon the run, but that couldn't be a worse description of the 2006 Cornhusker offense. NU has four extremely talented running backs at its disposal, and the two K-State should likely be most worried about this weekend are Brandon Jackson and Cody Glenn. Both easily topped the 100-yard mark in last week's 28-14 win at Iowa State. If Jackson and/or Glenn struggle, don't be surprised to see Marlon Lucky or Kenny Wilson get a shot. Nebraska likes to get into a variety of power formations and run the ball right at the opposition, and K-State is well aware of the challenge it will face this weekend. The play of linebackers Brandon Archer and Zach Diles, K-State's top two tacklers, will be extremely important. Teams who've truly tried to run the ball at K-State (Illinois State, Louisville and Oklahoma State) have been pretty successful doing so, and slowing a Nebraska ground game that's as productive as anybody's will be a real challenge.

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