September 14, 2006

The game up close: Marshall at K-State

Kansas State did what everyone expected the Wildcats to do against Illinois State and Florida Atlantic: win and get off to a 2-0 start. Now, things start to get interesting, as Marshall (1-1) is set to visit Manhattan in the rubber match of a three-game series between the Wildcats and the Thundering Herd. Will Marshall upset the K-State on its own turf once again, or will the Wildcats company continue to build momentum and move to 3-0?

The Game Up Close: Marshall (1-1, 0-0) vs. Kansas State (2-0, 0-0)
Saturday, Sept. 16, 11:40 a.m. kickoff
Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, Kan.
Fox Sports Net

Marshall rush offense vs. Kansas State rush defense
The numbers:
KSU rush defense: Allowing 76.0 yards per game, No. 28 nationally
MU rush offense: Averaging 233.5 yards per game, No. 13 nationally

The breakdown: Marshall likes to run the football and believes it can have success on the ground against virtually anybody. The Herd's confidence lies in running back Ahmad Bradshaw and quarterback Bernard Morris, easily the most dangerous one-two punch K-State has seen this year. Both Bradshaw and Morris ran for better than 150 yards in last week's win over Hofstra, and after two games the duo averages 6.3 and 8.5 yards per carry respectively. The 5-foot-11, 197-pound Bradshaw will try and find holes behind a line led by senior tackles Seth Cook (6-4, 315) and Wesley Jones (6-5, 338). K-State's rush defense smothered Florida Atlantic's ground game a week ago after struggling a bit against Illinois State's Pierre Rembert in the season opener. The Wildcats' defensive front will need to hold up against what appears to be a solid offensive line so linebackers Brandon Archer and Zach Diles can make plays. Don't look for Bradshaw and Morris to combine for more than 300 yards again, but the Herd should have some success in the running game.

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