November 10, 2006

Yes, Cats have a shot to beat Texas

If the Texas Longhorns were going to suffer through any post-Vince Young doldrums, now 10 games into the 2006 season, the Horns are back to being their dominant selves with a talented, touchdown-tossin' quarterback at the helm. Yep, it's the same old Texas coming to Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday night.

First, let's lay it on the table. The Kansas State Wildcats have a shot at beating the fourth-ranked Longhorns. Of course, the Coach Mack Brown's Longhorns probably have a better shot at walking away with a comfortable win, but with the Wildcats showing improvement and their collective confidence on the rise, the Cats find playing Texas motivating.

"It really pumps us up," senior defensive tackle Quintin Echols said. "We came to practice yesterday and we were like 'we've got Texas - let's go.' I don't think anybody is intimidated at all. If you think you're a big-time player on this team, then it's time to step up, and this will be the perfect time to step up.

"I think we are a big-time team, and I think it's time for us to show that."

K-State has won two straight, now 6-4 on the season and 3-3 in Big 12 play. Texas is 9-1 and 6-0. The 7 p.m. game will be televised to a majority of the nation on ABC.

It could be a chance for the Wildcats to make a giant statement concerning the progress of the program under first-year coach Ron Prince, but maybe not.

"Statement games, I think, are for the last game of the year," Prince said. "I think they are about championships. Is this a great opportunity? Sure it is. To be able to play one of the very best teams in college football, coming to your home, is perfect."

And "perfect" may be almost what it takes for the Wildcats to win, but there is a path to prevailing over the mighty Longhorns. Follow the Keys to Victory and K-Staters can let the party begin.

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