The Kansas State Wildcats look to bounce back on Saturday when they welcome the UTEP Miners from Conference USA. K-State has had a week to think about their heartbreaking loss to the Auburn Tigers last Thursday night.
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The Wildcats will look to get back to what they do best: play Bill Snyder football. This is a chance for Kansas State to get things established before they enter the rest of their Big 12 schedule next week.
Jake Waters and company must take care of the football against the Miners. First things is first, K-State must focus on the Miners, who come in at 2-1. Overlooking them would be a big mistake with Texas Tech waiting in the wings. Kansas State will be hungry to get back on the field and they should be.
Who: UTEP Miners (2-1 Overall, 0-0 Conference USA) vs. #25 Kansas State Wildcats (2-1 Overall, 1-0 Big 12)
Where: Manhattan, Kansas (Bill Snyder Family Stadium)
When: Saturday 11AM
TV: Fox Sports 1
K-State Offensive Preview vs. UTEP
Once again Waters must get off to a good start against a defense who has given some yards on the ground and in the air. DeMarcus Robinson and Charles Jones will once again share the carries for the Cats.ï¿½Snyder made it known that he has not made a clear cut starter. Robinson scored his first career touchdown last week against Auburn while Jones added another score to move his total to 5 touchdowns.
Another key for K-State, cash in on opportunities in the first quarter which has been missed for two straight games. That will set the tone for the game.
QB Jake Waters 50 for 97 707 yards 2 TDs 3INTs
RB Charles Jones 32 carrries 191 yards 5 TDS
WR Curry Sexton 17 catches 160 yards
K-State Defensive Preview vs. UTEP
K-State was nearly lights out on this side of the ball against Auburn and gave the offense plenty of chances to win the game. For this one, the Miners have also a very good ground attack. Maybe not as good as Auburn’s, but it’s good.
The Wildcat D will have the chance to slow UTEP’s Aaron Jones who has over 500 yards. If the Cats can stop him, then they will have a good opportunity for Ryan Mueller and company to pin their ears back to rush the quarterback.
Dakorey Johnson has really become a playmaker on the defense. Johnson and Jonathan Truman make a nice duo at linebacker. Denzel MeDaniel has been a hammer in the secondary; look for him and Randall Evans to make a big play or two.
This will be the third meeting between these two teams. K-State has one more chance to grab some momentum before the rest of their Big 12 schedule. KSU is going to be more than motivated to do work and cannot even afford to lose back-to-back games. UTEP will be tough but, K-State will be tougher and will take the challenge head on.