"I sound like a broken record when I come in here and say every week that (the opposing team) has a wide receiver that no one can cover, a running back that no one can tackle and a quarterback that makes a lot of plays," coach Ron Prince said at his weekly press conference. "But that's really what's happened in this league. Every week you turn around and it's the same story."
Meyer is the all-time Iowa State leader in passing (6,545 yards) and total offense (7,157). He is one of only five active collegiate quarterbacks to throw for at least 6,000 yards and rush for 600, and he is the only junior of the elite group. He is also second among active Division I-A non-senior quarterbacks in total offense.
The Wildcats defenders said they know Meyer is effective when he is in the pocket, but he becomes more of a threat when he is forced outside of the pocket and they know keeping him from escaping and getting into space will be a huge factor in the game.
"We can't let Meyer roll out to his right," defensive end Rob Jackson said. "If he rolls out to his right, then he can be very deadly."
In eight games this season, Meyer has thrown for 1,743 yards and has a passing efficiency rating of 122.03. He has thrown for 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He has also rushed for 158 yards and has six touchdowns on the ground.
Meyer's best game of the season statistically came Sept. 30 in a 28-27 victory against Northern Iowa. In that game, he completed a season-high 24 passes, with only five incompletions. He threw two touchdowns and had 323 yards passing, which are both season highs for him.
"He's one of those quarterbacks, I guess like a (Reggie) McNeal and Brad Smith," defensive tackle Quintin Echols said. "You just got to respect his passing game and his running game. We know that, so it's not going to be any surprise to us."
"He has been there for a while, and he is very experienced. We just got to approach him our way and make him do what we want him to do. We can't let him dictate the game."