September 27, 2007

The Game Up Close: K-State at Texas

If Kansas State is to rekindle the magic that helped it knock off Texas in Manhattan a year ago, the Wildcats will have to do it at a different, more hostile venue against a team bent on revenge. The Longhorns stroll into Saturday's game as they did last year, ranked among the nation's top teams, and whether they walk out in the same condition is up to K-State, which seems confident in its ability to post a second straight win in the series

The Game Up Close:
Kansas State (2-1, 0-0) vs. No. 7 Texas(4-0, 0-0)

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2:30 p.m. kickoff
Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas

Texas rush offense vs. Kansas State rush defense
The numbers:
KSU rush defense: Allowing 68 yards per game, No. 2 in the Big 12, No. 9 overall
UT rush offense: Averaging 187.2 yards per game, No. 6 in the Big 12, No. 36 overall

The breakdown:What you get when you pit the Big 12's leading rusher against one of the Big 12's top rushing defenses is anybody's guess, especially when both are yet to face a conference opponent. Texas running back Jamaal Charles leads all Big 12 players in rushing yards with 471, while, the Wildcats' defense has held opposing offenses to a measly 68 rushing yards per game this season. What happens when the irresistible force meets the immovable object is a mystery, but the good news for Wildcat fans is that Charles has been the Longhorns' sole threat on the ground this season, and a focused Kansas State defense could limit the Longhorns' ability to run if they commit themselves to the task.
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