The Kansas State Wildcats have played spoiler to the Texas Longhorns on several occasions.
In 2006, the No. 4 Longhorns travelled to Manhattan, Kansas with two games left in the regular season, and a chance to compete for a second-consecutive BCS National Championship. Colt McCoy was injured early and the Wildcats won by three. The following year, Texas was ranked No. 7 in the nation when Josh Freeman and Jordy Nelson picked apart the Texas defense to come away with a 41-21 win.
This year, Texas seems to be slowing finding its way back to where fans and players expect it to be, winning back-to-back games in dominant fashion thanks to the consistent play of the defense and the maturation of quarterback Sam Ehlinger. The second-year signal caller has passed for more than 200 yards in every contest this year, racking up eight touchdowns in the process.
Kansas State seems to be trending the opposite way after a 2-2 start that includes a 35-7 loss to the West Virginia Mountaineers to start off conference play. Adding an additional level of struggle, head coach Bill Snyder changed from quarterback Skylar Thompson to Alex Delton in the fourth quarter of the loss to West Virginia.
Even though it’s only Week 5, Texas can set up the rest of their season for success with a win Saturday; Kansas State hoping to right the ship, while Texas is ready to continue moving to the preferred future.
- Sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger is so results-minded that he created a weekly scorecard to just their efficacy weekly.
- KSU quarterback Alex Delton expected to play Saturday.
- The coaching staff thinks the players should be willing and able to deal with life on the top.
“I told our team yesterday: They’re not going to spot us seven points in Manhattan because we beat TCU,” Herman said Monday in his weekly press address.
- The Texas Longhorns are finally figuring out how to win, whether it be a big or small item.
- JT VanGlider of Bring on the Cats stopped by to give us some insight into what is actually happening out with the quarterbacks.
There is definitely plenty of unease in the locker room over all of this, and switching things like Snyder did on the field Saturday only makes it worse.
- Sophomore OL Patrick Hudson (heat) — out
- Junior LB Malcolm Roach (foot) - out
- Freshman S BJ Foster (Concussion) - out
- Senior WR John Burt (foot) — questionable
- Freshman WR Brennan Eagles (hamstring) - questionable
- Freshman LB/S DeMarvion Overshown (knee) — probable
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Time: 2:30 p.m.
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Odds: Texas -8.5
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