October 13, 2006

Newfound offense should boost Cats

Kansas State is 4-2 overall and 1-1 in Big 12 play. Those are the simple numbers. But the Wildcats' 31-27 come-from-behind victory over Oklahoma State marked more than the emergence of super freshmen Josh Freeman at quarterback and Leon Patton at running back.

The win marked the emergence of K-State's offense as a threat to beat opponents. With the defense and special teams carrying the weight of that responsibility most of the season, now the Wildcats are feeling much more like a complete team.

"I don't know that it removed a burden, but I think it made us that much better," sophomore defensive end Ian Campbell said. "Now we know we have a defense that can play with its back against the wall at any time. Now that we have an offense doing their thing, it makes us a more complete team."

K-State's offense will get a far sterner test from the Nebraska defense on Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium than it did last week from Oklahoma State, but if Freeman, Patton and the rest of the offense continue on their growth curve, they should be ready for the challenge.

K-State proved it's a threat to run the ball with Patton, and Freeman showed he can lead a team from behind.

"There has to be some carryover. Really, as much as the last four minutes, I was pleased with how the beginning of the game went," K-State coach Ron Prince said. "To be able to take the game into halftime 10-3 there were some plays that we could have made to make it different, but I was very pleased we were able to run the ball effectively."

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