October 30, 2007

Cats' offense racking up numbers

They're not the New England Patriots, but don't look now: The Kansas State Wildcats -- not powerful Oklahoma or sharp-shooting Texas Tech -- lead the Big 12 in scoring during the league season as the schedule heads into its final turn. In fact, no Big 12 team has kept scorekeepers busier in the last three games. In averaging 38.8 points overall this season, the Wildcats are churning out the program's most points in half a decade.

And that's horrible news in particular for Iowa State and Nebraska. K-State, 5-3 and 3-2 in the Big 12, visits each team in the next two weeks. The Cyclones have given up an average of 38.4 points in dropping all five of their league games. The Huskers have surrendered 37.5 in four straight losses. The only Big 12 win between the two? Nebraska beat Iowa State 35-17 in its league opener Sept. 29, when the Huskers were ranked No. 25.

Five games into their Big 12 season, the Wildcats, who long-insisted they could only beat themselves, have done so twice. Despite putting up 24 points against then-unranked Kansas and 39 at Oklahoma State, they lost the pair of contests by a combined eight points. But K-State averages a league-leading 40.4 points in the Big 12 and has topped 40 points in three of the last five games.

K-State quarterback Josh Freeman calls it, "Pretty good."

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