September 7, 2006

The game up close: Florida Atlantic at K-State

Kansas State opened the 2006 season with a win, but a 24-23 victory over Division I-AA opponent Illinois State didn't provide the type of statement the Wildcats likely wanted to make under new head coach Ron Prince. K-State will look to try and build some momentum this weekend when Florida Atlantic, who fell 54-6 last week at Clemson, visits Manhattan for game two.

The Game Up Close: Florida Atlantic (0-1, 0-0) vs. Kansas State (1-0, 0-0)

Saturday, Sept. 9, 6:10 p.m. kickoff
Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, Kan.

Florida Atlantic rush offense vs. Kansas State rush defense
The numbers:
KSU rush defense: Allowing 93.0 yards per game, No. 48 nationally
FAU rush offense: Averaging 47.0 yards per game, No. 101 nationally

The breakdown: The Owls have some experience and talent at both tailback and fullback. Sophomore Charles Pierre ran for 517 yards as a freshman last season, and the 5-foot-9, 195-pounder was able to pick up 31 yards on eight rushes last week at Clemson. Ron Prince will also keep an eye on fullback Aaron Sanchez, who gained 30 yards on four carries in the season opener and provides a versatile threat. The Wildcats did a reasonably good job against Illinois State in the ground game, although ISU running back Pierre Rembert did break the 100-yard mark. K-State seemed to get more push with reserve tackles Quintin Echols and Alphonso Moran on the field, and don't be surprised if that duo gets more time this weekend. K-State should be able to contain an FAU ground game that could end up being one of the nation's worst at season's end.

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