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  1. Winning

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    The Kansas State Wildcats look to make a big run in 2012. The 2011 squad returned pride to the Little Apple, winning 10 games for the first time since 2003. With 14 starters back this year Bill Snyder's team is poised to compete for the Big 12. As we look ahead to this season we'll preview the offense and defense:

    OFFENSE

    Everyone knows to look out for Collin Klein this year. He led the darkhorse Wildcats last year, and now takes his position front and center of the league. Look for him to take on a few less carries this year after leading the Big 12 in attempts in 2011. He'll be handing off to the combination of John Hubert and Angelo Pease. Hubert came on late in the season and figures to be the featured back. Fullback Braden Wilson looks to bounce back after a mediocre season and pancake defenders in 2012. Chris Harper and Tramaine Thompson will be the main targets on the outside. Harper is looking to improve on his numbers from last year. Sophomore Tyler Lockett missed the last 3 regular season games and the bowl game last year after suffering a lacerated kidney in a thriller against Oklahoma State. K-State is excited to have the All-American and his big play ability back (although he isn't on the game). The offensive line is going through a reboot, but remains strong at it's core returning BJ Finney at center and Nick Puetz at right guard. Tightends Travis Tannehill and Andre McDonald will flanker either side of the line and help provide running lanes for the 3-headed monster in the backfield.

    DEFENSE

    The captain of the defense Arthur Brown is back and has garnered a lot of off-season attention. He has been named to virtually every defense award watch-list and was named a Preseason 1st Team All-Big 12 selection. Flanking his left and right are Justin Tuggle and Trey Walker. Tuggle made the switch to linebacker during practices for the Cotton Bowl last year (although still listed as a QB on the game). Trey Walker comes off an impressive sophomore season and has bulked up. The linebackers will be the heart of the defense. On the front 4 returns defensive ends Meshak Williams and Adam Davis. Both are seeking to improve upon quality years. In the middle is Vai Lutui who played well down the stretch. Javonta Boyd will be a first-time starter this year and will look to make a big impact. In the secondary Nigel Malone leads the way. With 7 INTs in 2011 he will be looking to repeat this fall. Opposite Malone will be Kip Dailey competing for time with Allen Chapman. At safety Ty Zimmerman will start his 3rd straight season and Jarard Milo will make his first starts after the graduation of4 year starter Tysyn Hartman.
     
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    Kansas State 38 - Nebraska 35

    K-State and Nebraska went back and forth all afternoon in a shootout. In a not-so-classic battle the defenses struggled. Taylor Martinez and Nebraska got off to a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter. He carried the offense all day, rushing for 158 yards. The Wildcats would climb back before half though, scoring on a 2-yard John Hubert run and brought the score to 17-21 in favor of the Huskers. The first half was scattered with big plays for Nebraska while K-State took a while to find it's wheels. Nebraska tore off a couple long runs off the read option, with Martinez keeping all the way. The Wildcats, on the other hand, couldn't hold on to the football. With 3 drops and a fumble in the first half the Cats were trying to beat themselves. Nebraska took advantage, throwing a 68-yard strike the next play after the fumble.

    Bill Snyder had few positives to speak of at the half, saying, "We did some things in the first half that have hurt us. Our youngsters aren't focusing on the game at hand."

    The second half was much of the same for Nebraska, with Martinez beginning to get going through the air. He was an efficient 12-14, throwing for 300 yards on the dot. It was big plays which spurred their offense. For the Wildcats though, they began to come around. Klein went 21-32 with 245 yards passing with 3 TDs, two coming in the second half. He also started causing problems on the ground, rumbling his way to 192 yards and touchdown.

    K-State took the lead early in the 4th quarter on a 31-yard pass to Tremaine Thompson, after Harper left with an injury in the first quarter. Nebraska answered quickly on a pass to the tight-end that was almost picked off, but went right through Tre Walker's hands. Klein didn't flinch though, leading the team to a long, bruising drive. They capped it off with a 9 yard TD pass to John Hubert putting the Wildcats up by 3. The fireworks didn't end there. Nebraska came right back down on a long run by Martinez. They got to the 1 with less than a minute left and all three time outs. K-State held strong, pushing Burkhead back on first and second downs. Coach Snyder called timeouts after first down, but let the clock run after they stopped Nebraska on second down for a 3 yard loss. Nebraska took their time getting to the line and snapped the ball with less than 10 seconds left. Martinez started to roll to his left and time was running out, and with no one open decided to take off. But he was met by Tre Walker and Meshak Williams who forced a fumble. Walker picked it up as time ran out and the Wildcats sealed the win.

    Snyder was in a better mood after the game. "We still have areas we need to improve, specifically defensively. Nebraska has some quality football players. They are an extremely good team. But I'm happy for our youngsters that they came back and stayed in the game," said Snyder.

    The ending was reminiscent of the Miami game last year, that took a four down goal-line stand to win. The defense looks to improve after giving up over 500 yards of offense to the Huskers, but was happy for the way it ended. The hero of the game, and last year's Miami game, was disappointed in the overall performace. "We have to step it up. No one should come in here and put up numbers like that. It's our job to keep them off the field. I was excited to be able to put the brakes on them at the goal-line, but we should have never been in that situation."

    K-State takes on Miami next weekend. Hopefully they won't need a goal-line stand to win this time.
     
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    Kansas State 38 - Miami 13

    K-State got up on Miami early and never looked back. The offense was clicking on the run all day, and Miami couldn't stop on it. Collin Klein only threw 7 times, completing 5 for 57 yards. The real work came on the ground, as Klein put up 160 yards, Hubert added 62, and Demarcus Robinson tallied 85, most coming off a 74-yard touchdown run late in the game. The Wildcats had 358 total rushing yards on the day, dwarfing Miami's 49.

    Kansas State was clutch, coming through on 8 of 12 3rd downs to help build their lead. Miami only totaled 272 total yards. Wide receiver Allen Hurns was the lone bright spot, catching 6 passes for 167 yards. The story of the day was K-State's defense though. While not recording a turnover, they did grab 3 sacks and only surrended 6 points in the first half.

    Coach Snyder still showed no emotion after the game, saying, "We played alright today. There are some things I would have liked to see our team do better, and items that we will work on in practice."

    K-State has bye game next week, so they should get plenty of practicing in.
     
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    Kansas State 33 - Oklahoma 28

    K-State struggled early. Resembling much of last season, the offense didn't get going until late. The Wildcats could only muster a field-goal for offensive output. OU was in good form in the first half, scoring 17 points. Fortunately for K-State, Arthur Brown kept them in the game. He intercepted a pass and returned it 55 yards for a TD.

    After the half, the Wildcats came out strong. Scoring on plays of 50 and 40 yards in their first two drives. Klein ran in from 50 yards out on the first drive. After a quick stop, Klein went up to to Chris Harper for a 40-yard TD. But K-State would spoil a couple chances to the put the sooners away and go up by 2 scores. OU came back, scoring a touchdown but missing the two-point conversion. Up 2, K-State came back, and extended the lead by 3 more, with a short 39 yard field-goal from Cantele. But OU wasn't going away, they scored with just 1:09 remaining. They would miss the try for two, but were up 1 with little time left. K-State, facing a 4th and 24 from inside their own 10 completed a 31-yarder to Torrell Miller. Later in the same drive, facing a 4th and 10 from around midfield, Klein would find Angelo Pease for 15 yards. The next play, from the 35 with 12 seconds left, Klein and Harper would connect again. He found Harper behind the safety for a 35-yard strike. Their try for two no good, but OU didn't have time to move the ball into scoring range.

    The story of the game for K-State was Arthur Brown, who did it all. He recorded 18 total tackles, while also picking up a sack and a defensive TD off his interception. 6 of his tackles went for a loss. He was the rock in the D they needed when it came to stopping OU.
     
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