September 19, 2007

Searching for a cure

It's amazing, really. Ron Prince has been around a lot of pro and college football and he's never seen anything like it. So imagine how his Kansas State players feel. Nobody has seen this many yellow hankies. Sometimes they fly onto the field in twos and threes. It's the Yellow Flag Virus and the Wildcats are in the midst of a record-pace penalty epidemic that has already become enormously difficult to swallow.

That's probably because an official just lobbed another yellow flag down K-State's throat.

No secret here: K-State leads the nation in penalties and penalty yardage after three weeks. The Wildcats have collected 41 penalties. Western Michigan is next on the list with 36. The Wildcats average 133 penalty yards per game. That's 25.6 more penalty yards per game than any other team in the nation. Texas Tech averages 107.3.

"It's one of those things that's a bug for us right now," free safety Marcus Watts said, "and we need to get rid of the virus."

Iowa State has a nation-low 10 penalties. Kansas ranks the second lowest with 11. Meanwhile, K-State has been flagged 15 yards a total of 15 times.

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