November 15, 2007

The Game Up Close: Missouri at K-State

Defensive lineman Rob Jackson and his Kansas State teammates will take their third crack at becoming bowl eligible this Saturday when they host Missouri in the team's final home game. While the Wildcats have dominated the series in recent seasons, this year's game has a distinctly different feel to it. The Tigers are very much alive in the hunt for a birth in the Big 12 Championship Game, while K-State is clawing for its postseason life. Yes, it may take a touch of Senior Day magic for K-State to pull off an upset this weekend.

The Game Up Close: Kansas State (5-5, 3-4) vs. #6 Missouri (9-1, 5-1)

Saturday, Nov. 17, 11:30 p.m. kickoff
Snyder Family Stadium

Missouri rush offense vs. Kansas State rush defense
The numbers:
KSU rush defense: Allowing 132 yards per game, No. 7 in the Big 12, No. 42 overall
Missouri rush offense: Averaging 175.2 yards per game, No. 6 in the Big 12, No. 37 overall

The breakdown: How far has Kansas State's rush defense fallen? Well, the 303 yards K-State has surrendered in its last two games is nearly equal to the rushing totals of its first four opponents combined. Some blame the lapse in rush defense on injuries to nose tackle Steven Cline and linebacker Antwon Moore, but whatever the reason, the Wildcats have struggled mightily in recent weeks. Missouri running back Tony Temple, who is coming off a 141-yard game against Texas A&M, has battled injury this season, but will likely be looking to pad his statistics and his ego when the Tigers roll into Manhattan this weekend. Kansas State head coach Ron Prince described the Tigers' offensive line as one of the nation's best, which is not good news for the Wildcats' struggling front three.

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