Meier to start against Texas Tech

Despite Allen Webb's break-out performance against Nebraska Saturday, Dylan Meier is set to return the lineup this weekend against Texas Tech.

Dylan Meier will start Saturday against Texas Tech, Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder said.

That's despite the superb play of backup sophomore quarterback Allen Webb against Nebraska last week when he ran 35 times for 147 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Wildcats' offensive attack.

Meier sat out against the Cornhuskers because of a concussion he suffered in the fourth quarter against Oklahoma.

"I really do feel good," said Meier, who has completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,063 yards and eight touchdowns this season. "Last week was tough. It was really tough on me. All I can do now is look forward. I feel a lot better. There were a lot of things that didn't feel good last week, but on the flip side, those injuries feel a lot better this week. It may take a little bit to find my rhythm again, but that is what practice is for. I think once I get into the game, I'll be fine and everything will come back. I'll be ready to go."

But this week against the high-powered Texas Tech attack, controlling the game clock will be key again for the Cats who almost doubled up Nebraska in the category last week.

However, K-State's success in time of possession against Nebraska was mostly due to the Wildcats' ability to run the ball effectively for the first time in about a month.

"I think time of possession will play a big role," Meier said. "Everyone knows that Tech is going to throw the ball and they are going to move it up and down the field. How our offense responds will play a big factor. We need to put points on the board. We know they are going to put up 20-30 points. It's up to us, and we are up to that challenge."

Senior center Mike Johnson said the offensive line made a lot strides last week in the running game by getting the timing issue worked out. In addition to Webb's 100-yard performance, senior running back Darren Sproles added 135 of his own. It was the first time in three games he broke the 100-yard plateau.

"I think we've definitely made some strides as far as coming together and getting the timing of some plays down, and getting some movement on certain blocks and opening up some holes," he said. "It's starting to come together more."

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