October 12, 2008

Dold delivers when Wildcats needed him

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- In the aftermath of Kansas State's 44-30 win at Texas A&M on Saturday, Logan Dold looked pretty spiffy chatting with reporters in his black polo and three-button jacket. Dold looked pretty good on the field, too. If he thought the early-season attention he garnered as a contributor at running back was overwhelming, imagine what danced inside his head as the true freshman made his first-career start in front of 78,699 at Kyle Field.

"I was a little nervous," Dold said outside the Wildcats' locker room.

Yes, there were nerves. There was one instance of slight cobwebs. But in the end, there was plenty of daylight for the 6-foot-195-pounder to run as Dold finished with a career-high 115 yards on 21 carries and had one touchdown while the Wildcats amassed a season-high 215 yards on the ground.

Understand, Dold was ready for this. He knew ailing starter Lamark Brown was out with a staph infection in his knee, so he gained all the reps with the first-team offense this week. He knew the stadium was going to be rocking, because, well, growing up a life-long K-State fan in Garden Plain, he had seen the games on TV, knew a thing or two about the Aggies and their traditions and fans.

"It's something we worked on all week, just the noise and all of that," Dold said. "I've always heard how hard it is to play here with the 12th Man, the crowd and everything."

This game wasn't on TV, but man, what a story he would have to tell the folks back home, yet another chapter to a freshman season that will be memorable for various reasons.

See, Dold entered with 19 carries for 87 yards and one touchdown, which he scored against Montana State in the second game of the season. But he didn't touch the ball at Louisville, had four carries against Louisiana and one against Texas Tech.

K-State coach Ron Prince said he was uncertain when Brown might return. With Brown on the mend back in Manhattan, Dold quickly found his groove for a unit that entered averaging 136.6 rushing yards, 75th nationally.

"After the first couple of plays, I started to relax a little bit," Dold said. "Things started to go pretty good."

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