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Game Information:
October 10, 2009 :: 6:00 p.m. CST :: Weather: Lubbock, TX
TV: FSN :: Radio: Affiliates :: Game Cast: Fox Sports

 

CATEGORY STATISTIC (NCAA RANK, CONF. RANK) WINNER
TTU Pass Offense
vs.
KSU Pass Defense
421.40 (2, 1)

152.60 (7, 1)
TTU Rush Offense
vs.
KSU Rush Defense
56.60 (120, 12)

114.60 (38, 5)
KSU Pass Offense
vs.
TTU Pass Defense
184.00 (90, 11)

257.40 (99, 12)
KSU Rush Offense
vs.
TTU Rush Defense
188.00 (36, 7)

105.40 (28, 4)
TTU Scoring Offense
vs.
KSU Scoring Defense
38.60 (11, 5)

17.40 (29, 6)
KSU Scoring Offense
vs.
TTU Scoring Defense
23.60 (87, 12)

22.80 (51, 10)


Team Leaders

STATISTIC TEXAS TECH KANSAS ST.
Passing Taylor Potts :: 159-235 : 1,817 : 13 : 6 Carson Coffman :: 55-95 : 684 : 2 : 4
Rushing Baron Batch :: 44 : 226 : 4 Daniel Thomas :: 116 : 529 : 4
Receiving Tramain Swindall :: 19 : 367 : 4 Brandon Banks :: 23 : 289 : 1
Punt Returns Austin Zouzalik :: 10 : 91 : 0 Tysyn Hartman :: 8 : 105 : 0
Kickoff Returns Eric Stephens :: 14 : 349 : 0 Brandon Banks :: 13 : 461 : 2
Tackles Brian Duncan :: 40 Tysyn Hartman :: 26
Sacks Daniel Howard :: 5.0 : 31 Courtney Herdon :: 1.5 : 15
Tackles for Loss Bront Bird :: 5.0 : 21 Jeffrey Fitzgerald :: 3.5 : 13
Interceptions Will Ford
D.J. Johnson
Marlon Williams
LaRon Moore :: 1 : 10 : 0
Tysyn Hartman :: 3 : 0 : 0


Five Initial Thoughts

One :: Change at Quarterbacks: Both Potts and Coffman's statistics are listed, but on Saturday you'll probably see Steven Sheffield due to Potts concussion and last week against Iowa St., Bill Snyder decided it was time to plug in heralded JUCO QB, Grant Gregory. You can expect a fairly mobile quarterback in Gregory as he's already rushed for 121 yards in fairly limited time.

Two :: Solid, Not Spectacular: Kansas St. has done a good job of being solid, but not spectacular thus far this season. Of their season statistics, there's nothing too out of the ordinary that I won't point out below, but generally speaking the Wildcats are proficient on offense and defense for the most part. Consistency isn't a bad thing.

Three :: Not Much Pressure: Last week, we noted that New Mexico was a team that was quite good this season at getting to the quarterback, but Kansas St. is 107th in the nation in sacks and 112th in tackles for loss. Having not watched a minute of Wildcat football, I'd guess that Snyder is making sure that they stop the run at all costs and let peripheral statistics like sacks work themselves out later.

Four :: Banks is a Game-Breaker: Brandon Banks, all by his lonesome, is whipping opponents in kickoff returns, averaging 35.46 yards per return and two touchdowns, both against Tennessee Tech. Aside from being a legitimate receiving threat, he's also a threat to score in special teams.

Five :: Rushing Away: With the addition of Gregory at quarterback, you're looking at an offensive unit that is more focused on the ground game than the passing game. It's not that Gregory can't pass, but last week against Iowa St., Kansas St. rushed 42 times and only passed the ball 23 times. With a Texas Tech offense that had trouble stopping a horrible rushing team in New Mexico, you might say I'm a little concerned.