September 16, 2007

Notes: Getting into a rhythm

Anyone in attendance could see that Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman did a lot of things well Saturday. The sophomore signal caller completed 26-of-39 passes, while setting his career high for passing yards in a game, throwing for 287. However, the most important number in Freeman's stat line may have been the zero he posted in the interception column.

The second-year starter avoided the periodic mental lapses that have plagued him during his short career at Kansas State in the Wildcats' 61-10 win Saturday, and though it's no secret that the Missouri State defense was probably the softest he will face all season, Freeman thinks too much is being made of his performance.

"I couldn't care less," he said when asked how he felt about getting through a game without being intercepted. "I just wanted to get the win."

Freeman had thrown an interception in the Wildcats' previous five games, before snapping the dubious streak against the Bears on Saturday. However, it remains to be seen if the quarterback's improvement is more that a one-game wonder.

Freeman has been especially shaky on the road as a Wildcat. He has thrown 12 interceptions in just six games outside of Bill Snyder Family Stadium, and the sophomore is sure to receive a significant test during the Wildcats' next game, when he will take the field at Texas University's Memorial Stadium for the fist time.

With a capacity of nearly 90,000, the home of the Longhorns is regarded as one of the Big 12's most hostile venues. Freeman says he's ready for such a challenge, however, and cites his team's 2007 opener as proof.

"That's what Coach Prince was trying to accomplish by scheduling Auburn for the first game of the year," he said. "Playing in front of that crowd helps. I think there are over 100,000 at Texas now, but it helps to get that out of the way."

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