September 6, 2007

The Game Up Close: SJSU at K-State

Kansas State showed a wealth of positives during a 23-13 season-opening defeat against a top-20 Auburn team in week one, but the Wildcats remain thirsty for a win heading into the home opener. When K-State attempts to quench its thirst for the second time this season, it will be against a San Jose State team that was demolished 45-3 by Arizona State a week ago.

The Game Up Close: Kansas State (0-1, 0-0) vs. San Jose State (0-1, 0-0)

Saturday, Sept. 8, 6:05 p.m. kickoff
Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan

SJSU rush offense vs. Kansas State rush defense
The numbers:
KSU rush defense: 62 yards per game, No. 30 nationally
SJSU rush offense: 40 yards per game, No. 95 nationally

The breakdown: For the second straight week, K-State's opponent will be without its starting running back. San Jose State's Yonus Davis, who rushed for more than a 1,000 yards in 2006, will miss this weekend's game due to a sprained ankle he sustained in the San Jose State's' blowout loss to Arizona State a week ago. Even with a healthy Davis, the Spartans' offense may have had trouble moving the ball against the Wildcats, whose rush defense shocked some in week one, holding Auburn to just 62 yards on the ground. SJSU converted a receiver and safety to running back this week to fill the void. The Wildcats' push up front during the opener was a far cry from what it was a year ago, and K-State linebackers Antwon Moore, Ian Campbell and Reggie Walker plugged any and all rushing lanes, making it difficult for Tiger ball carriers to find their way out of the backfield. The Wildcats should easily contain a rushing offense that is far less potent than the one they faced last week.

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