September 19, 2006

Powercat of the Game: K-State's defense

Picking a player of the game from Kansas State's 23-7 win over Marshall proved difficult…too difficult, in fact. Honoring just one player after the Wildcat defense went a second straight week without allowing a single point seems unfair, so the entire K-State defense has earned the right to be called's Powercat of the Game for its stellar group effort in helping the Wildcats to a 3-0 start.

The numbers speak for themselves. The Thundering Herd, who entered the game as one of the top rushing teams in all college football, ran the ball a total of 22 times for just 50 yards, an average of only 2.3 yards of attempt. Marshall could muster just 142 yards of total offense on 50 snaps and never drove inside the K-State 20-yard line, scoring its only points on the return of a blocked punt for a touchdown in the second quarter.

"I couldn't say enough positive things about our defense. For two weeks in a row to basically have no points scored against them, that's the kind of defense we want to play," Wildcat coach Ron Prince said. "It'll get increasingly tougher to play that way, but based on what I've watched with the collective mentality of those players , how they're relating to coaching and how they're understanding the way we want to play, I'm very pleased with that."

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