September 3, 2007

Prince: Cats fell short of message

True to expectation, Kansas State issued its stamp nationally against Auburn last weekend, one that put the spotlight on the Wildcats in their second season under Coach Ron Prince. "But we're still a 0-1 football team," Prince said during his news conference Monday. Coming off a 23-13 loss to the No. 18-ranked Tigers, the Wildcats look to make a statement against San Jose State in their home opener Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

"We didn't obviously put the message out there that we wanted to," Prince said. "Finishing that game off and winning it would have been terrific for us. But our players understand when we come home we want to play well. We need to play well and expect to."

Inside linebacker Justin Roland, who had two tackles in his first career start, put the matchup against San Jose State a different way.

"I feel bad for San Jose State," Roland said. "I promise you this much. We're going to be coming out even harder than we did against Auburn."

While K-State showed its moxie on the road against a nationally ranked opponent, San Jose State floundered in a 45-3 loss at Arizona State in which the Spartans, who finished 9-4 a year ago and a victory in the New

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