September 11, 2007

Ready to wing it

Missouri State reaches the end zone on average once in every 10 plays. But Kansas State sophomore quarterback Josh Freeman doesn't expect a shootout when the teams meet Saturday night at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The highest-scoring team in the Gateway Conference averages 22 points in the first quarter, but Freeman has faith in a defense that allows 18.5 points per contest. Besides, Freeman will enter with expectations for his own offense.

"I have all the confidence in the world our defense will hold them to a low scoring game on their side and I expect with the things we're doing on our offense, we should be able to put up quite a few points," Freeman said.

That is, if the Wildcats, 1-1, can cure their penalty woes and emerge as the ball-control juggernaut that second-year Coach Ron Prince aspires for them to become. They will get their chance at 6:05 p.m. in the first-ever meeting against Missouri State, 2-0, of the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA).

K-State, which ranks No. 10 in the Big 12 and 75th nationally in total yards (370.5 per game) and 9th and 73rd overall in points (23.5), finished 2006 as one of the hottest teams in the red zone in scoring 11 times in the final 12 trips with eight touchdowns.

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