"They have had some struggles but had the opportunities to win those ballgames, too. They could be looking at a far better record than what they have now"
Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder doesn't ever say too much, but it's clear the respect and admiration he has for Paul Rhoads and Iowa State. Here's what he had to say this week about the Cyclones:
"Their players are accustomed to a demanding program. They work extremely hard and they play hard. Our ballgames have been close for the last four years, and we have been fortunate to win each one, but we won by one, by six and by seven twice. It has always been a one-score ballgame. If they get you on your heels, you can be in trouble."
"If you take that (Baylor game) out of the mix and you look, they played an awfully good Iowa team. Iowa is playing awfully good football from what I understand and it is a six-point ballgame. They lost to Texas, a one point ballgame I think, and Texas Tech, which everyone is aware that they are a very good football team and that was a seven-point game."
"You just look at how they have played over the course of the year, there are some similarities there between us. We have not, in our own right, been good enough to win those ballgames that were there for the taking. They have had some struggles but had the opportunities to win those ballgames, too. They could be looking at a far better record than what they have now."
|Matchup Preview | November 2, 2013|
|Iowa State Cyclones|
(1-6, 1-2 Away)
|Kansas State Wildcats|
(3-4, 3-2 Home)
|Offensive Stats Comparison|
|351 (102)||Total Offensive Yards||407 (72)|
|216 (80)||Passing Yards||226.9 (70)|
|135 (97)||Rushing Yards||180.2 (52)|
|25.4 (86)||Points Per Game||30.9 (56)|
|95.2 (6)||Red Zone Percentage||83.3 (63)|
|Defensive Stats Comparison|
|481.7 (117)||Total Yards Allowed||379 (42)|
|262 (103)||Passing Yards Allowed||230 (65)|
|219.3 (111)||Rushing Yards Allowed||149 (53)|
|39.7 (11)||Points Per Game||24 (50)|
|10 (107)||Sacks||13 (83)|
|3 (113)||Interceptions||5 (95)|
|86.6 (90)||Red Zone Percentage||84 (73)|
|Iowa State leads the all-time series vs. Kansas State at 48-43-4. Kansas State has the edge in games played in Manhattan at 24-21-1 ... The last Cyclone win in Manhattan was on Nov. 20, 2004 (37-23) ... The last four games in the series, all KSU's victories, have been one-possession games (2009, 24-23; 2010, 27-20; 2011, 30-23; 2012, 27-21) by an average margin of victory of 5.25.|