While all the hoop-la has been on the 45- and 69-point outings of the offense in Kansas State's 2-0 start to the season, not to be forgotten is the fact that the Wildcats have also given up only a single touchdown in each game, and a total of 16 points.
"We're playing well," said senior defensive end Ian Campbell. "Certainly there's room for great improvement, but the idea is not to let the other team score, and we've done a pretty good job of that."
K-State allowed just 205 total yards to North Texas, and 191 to Montana State. But along with the yardage, the biggest turn-around from Week 1 to Week 2 came in the turnover department, which went from zero to four.
"It's crucial for us to get turnovers and create short field opportunities," said Campbell. "It's a fundamental thing we need each week."
"We came in just eager to take the ball away," said Pomele. "That's what defense is all about. Just fly around, grab interceptions and force fumbles.
"If you want to win games, then that's got to be your No. 1 priority on the defensive side," Pomele said. "We've got to be able to have ball disruption."
Pomele also led the team with seven tackles from his inside-linebacker position.
Of his teammate, Antwon Moore said, "Olu isn't a mean guy. It's a blast being around him, but when it comes to football, it's all business and he's a hard worker."
Of the mission statement from the first to second week, Moore talked about being a "shutout" defense.
"We are trying to bring back the "Lynch Mob" defense," Moore said. A plus for the Wildcats is the fact it has been a blend of old and new for the Wildcats on defense.
"It's important to get those young men in game, but at the same time we want to definitely want to maintain a high standard of play," head coach Ron Prince said. "We're going to need as many quality players as possible once we get into Big 12 play."