November 13, 2007

Defense faces big test in Daniel, Tigers

Just one week after being victimized by Joe Ganz, who in only his second start recorded the most prolific passing performance in Nebraska history, the struggling Kansas State defense prepares for another big test on Saturday. Behind Missouri star quarterback Chase Daniel, who comes off the most efficient outing of his career, the record-setting No. 6-ranked Tigers are scoring points more consistently than any team in the nation.

While Ganz set a pair of Nebraska records in passing yards (510) and touchdowns (seven) as the Huskers snapped a five-game losing skid with a historic 73-31 thumping of the Wildcats last weekend, Daniel had his best contest to date in completing 27 of 35 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns (a career-high 189.91 QB rating) in a 40-26 victory against Texas A&M in Columbia as the Tigers moved to 9-1 for the first time since 1969.

The Tigers, the nation's seventh-ranked scoring team (41.8), are the only team to score 30 points in all of their 10 games this season (Hawaii has done so in each of its nine games) and each game during their current four-game winning streak has been decided by at least 14 points.

"This is definitely like The Greatest Show on Turf with the (2002) St. Louis Rams," K-State coach Ron Prince said. "They can score so many different ways."

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