Tigers can be Deadly

The Kansas State football team is used to going up against some of the best quarterbacks in the nation. This weekend will be more of the same as the Wildcats (4-3 overall, 1-2 Big 12 Conference) travel to Columbus, Mo., to take on the No. 24-ranked Missouri Tigers (6-1, 2-1 Big 12) who are led by sophomore quarterback Chase Daniel.

Daniel is an effective dual-threat quarterback who has completed 65 percent of his passes for 15 touchdowns and only five interceptions. He currently ranks second in the conference and ninth in the nation in total yards per game with 277.3.

He is fifth in the Big 12 with an efficiency rating of 146.8, and has also rushed for 200 yards and three touchdowns.

Daniel only needs three more passing touchdown to tie the Missouri single-season record of 18.

"I'm very impressed with their quarterback," coach Ron Prince said. "He has speed and accuracy as a quarterback, and has incredible arm strength and toughness as a runner. Defensively, I think this will be the greatest challenge we have had up to this point."

Daniel might be the man who runs the offense, but there are other playmakers for the Tigers as well.

The receiving corps is led by receiver William Franklin and tight end Chase Coffman.

Franklin is currently second in the Big 12 and 15th in the nation in receiving yards per game with 86.1. He has 603 yards on the season and five touchdowns. Coffman only averages 39.7 yards per game, but he has four touchdowns and Prince said he is the biggest threat on Missouri's offense.

"I think that on offense, this is their go-to guy. I don't think that enough can be said about this player and his abilities," Prince said about the brother of Wildcat freshman quarterback Carson Coffman. "Not only is he a mismatch in the running game when he gets a chance to stay in and block, but he also has the ability down the field to catch the ball. This guy is a star player."

To go along with the receivers is running back Tony Temple. He is third in the conference with 85.7 yards per game and has scored three times.

"They run a lot of the stuff that Marshall ran," said Wildcat linebacker Brandon Archer. Archer has recorded an interception for a touchdown in each of the past two meetings with Missouri. "They are gonna spread you out and they have a quarterback that can run the ball, so you have to watch him. They are also going to use their tight ends a lot because they have great tight ends." Missouri's offense is ranked 15th in the nation with 417.6 yards per game.

Its defense is much like its offense – balanced and led by a few dominant players.

The Tiger defense is ranked 18th nationally in total defense, allowing only 276.1 points per game, and Missouri is just one of five teams to rank in the top 20 nationally in both total offense and defense.

The defense is anchored by defensive end Brian Smith and linebacker Marcus Bacon.

Smith is leading his team in tackles for loss (9.5) and sacks (7.5). His sack total this season is second in the conference and he is tied for fifth with 1.07 sacks per game.

He currently has 31.5 sacks in his career, which is nine sacks higher than the previous career-high record for a Tiger.

Bacon is third in the conference with 9.6 tackles per game, and he also has two interceptions.

"They are a good fast defense and they run to the ball and make a lot of plays," said Wildcat offensive lineman Greg Wafford. "We have to go out there and be very ball-secure and make plays and score points to help our defense out to get a win for our team."

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