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October 14, 2011
Ultimate Preview: Kansas State
There's just one problem.
The Raiders are giving up 224 yards a game to opposing rushers. Only five FBS teams surrender more a game.
Tuberville expects the unbeaten Wildcats to give his Raiders a familiar look.
"This is a very similar offense that we've seen most of the year," Tuberville said. "They run a lot of options. They run power plays. They run a lot of two tight ends. The quarterback is going to take what you give them in the passing game. Very similar.
"We've got to play better defense. This will be a game where we've got to get our offense back on the field."
Kansas State will be the first of two opponents for the Raiders who are currently unbeaten. The Wildcats are 5-0, and Oklahoma is 5-0 going into its game at Kansas.
The Raiders, who are 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference after the loss to A&M, have the Sooners on the road on Oct. 22. They return home against Iowa State on Oct. 29.
-- Sports Xchange
THREE WILDCATS TO WATCH
QB Collin Klein - 58-of-101 for 593 yards, 6 TD, 3 INT; 115 att., 468 yards, 7 TD - A rare breed in this era of pass-happy attacks, Klein has actually attempted more rushes (115) than passes (101) while engineering Kansas State to its first 5-0 start since 2000. He averages 93.6 yards rushing, easily the most among Big 12 quarterbacks.
DE Jordan Voelker - 17 tackles, 5 TFL, 4 sacks, 2 PBU - Although the walk-on played tight end in junior college before he was converted into an under-sized defender, his quickness is helpful at times. He is tied for third in the Big 12 with four sacks.
CB Nigel Malone - 19 tackles, 3 INT, 3 PBU - Shares the Big 12 lead with three interceptions and has shown the knack for playing the ball at the right spot despite standing just 5-10 and going up against taller receivers.
-- Sports Xchange
KEYS TO THE GAME
Zero to 60 - Tech came out guns blazing against A&M last weekend and seemed to move at the quickest pace they had all year on the opening drive. Kansas State just so happens to not practice against hurry up tempo offenses during the week, so the Red Raiders should have a big advantage in the conditioning and tempo aspect of the game against the Wildcat defense. If the Red Raiders can come out early and get a two or three possession lead, then they can get Kansas State into a shootout, which the Wildcats want nothing to do with.
Same Story, Different Week - Once again, the Red Raiders will face a formidable rushing attack against Kansas State in quarterback Collin Klein and running back John Hubert. Kansas State plays old school, conservative, vanilla football, but they do it well. If Tech can get KSU into long yardage situations on second and third down and play solid pass coverage on third down, then Tech will come out on top.
Missed Opportunities - For the first time all year, Texas Tech had a hard time moving the football once they got inside the opposing 40 yard line against A&M. This led to a lot of field goals instead of touchdowns, which made the difference for the Aggies last week. Tech much score touchdowns instead of field goals this week, because Kansas State loves to play keep away and limit possessions on offense. The Red Raiders must make the most of their time on offense.
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