August 29, 2006

Wildcats expecting battle from Illinois State

Making the effort to compare scores is often a waste of time, especially when looking back at a previous season, but it's hard to ignore the results of games played between Kansas State and Illinois State's only common opponent in 2005, the Iowa State Cyclones.

The Division I-AA Redbirds battled ISU tough in Ames before falling 32-21. The Wildcats, however, trailed the Cyclones 17-0 at the end of the first quarter on their way to a 45-17 defeat.

Illinois State led the Clones in least year's season opener 8-2 at the end of the first quarter, found themselves tied at 15 at halftime and still deadlocked with three minutes left to go in the third quarter before back-to-back Cyclone touchdowns essentially put the game out of reach in a contest Wildcat coach Ron Prince even said was, "Closer than the score would indicate," at Tuesday's press conference.

Iowa State coach Dan McCarney knows very well what type of test K-State is in for Saturday night when the Redbirds visit Bill Snyder Family Stadium for a 6:10 p.m. kickoff.

"I don't have to tell Ron Prince anything he doesn't already see on tape. They're well coached, tough. I told (Illinois State) after our game was over that I didn't feel for one minute we weren't prepared or didn't respect Illinois State," McCarney said. "They just came in here, played loose, played physical and played relentless.

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