Passing game a must for the Wildcats

After proving it can run two weeks ago, K-State looks to provide a far more balanced attack against Texas A&M Saturday with a renewed commitment to the passing game.

Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder said as far as he can tell, sophomore quarterback Dylan Meier appears to be poised heading into his first Big 12 Conference start at Texas A&M Saturday.

"Time will tell," he said. "We'll find out. At least he has the approach I think, and the demeanor that would say yes."

But for a passing game that has struggled this season, opening up on the road with the Aggies could prove to be quite the challenge for this young Wildcat team.

The Cats passing attack appears adequate in the season opener against Western Kentucky, but hit the wall head on against Fresno State.

Two weeks ago, in K-State's 40-20 victory over Louisiana- Lafayette, the Wildcats looked as if they had done away with the pass, throwing just 10 times and rushing for nearly 400 yards.

Meier, who has 326 yards and two touchdowns passing this season, said K-State's aerial attack will be needed sooner than later and there isn't a better time to showcase it than Saturday.

"It's a big stepping stone for this 2004 season," said Meier, who has completed 60 percent of his passes. "People are saying this is going to make or break the season, but I don't buy into that. It's our first conference game, and it's on the road. It's going to be a difficult place to play. It will tell a lot about the character and the toughness of this football team."

Senior tight end Brian Casey said K-State is expecting to see the kind of defense it saw against Fresno State – fast.  But if the Aggies take senior running back Darren Sproles out of the game with big defensive fronts like Fresno State, the Wildcats are going to have to show it can throw the ball to win games.

"They've got speed, just like everyone else does," Casey said. "They like to creep those safeties up, so we are going to be doing some stuff to keep them back a little and keep them from having nine guys in the box against the run."



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