Buffs Up Next for 'Cats

The winner will come out of the weekend in first place in the Big 12 North Division when 2-1, 4-4 Kansas State entertains 1-1, 2-4 Colorado at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. For the Wildcats, they will be trying for their first 3-1 start to the conference season since 2000.

Ahh, the art of coaching. Coach Bill Snyder couldn't let them get too low after being blasted by Texas Tech, and now he can't let them get too high after blistering Texas A&M.

For the players, they believe whatever their coach says. Just listen to quarterback Grant Gregory, "It starts with coach Snyder because he has been in every situation imaginable as a coach. So he is a very even-keeled person, and we try to feed off him in that aspect."

Defensive end Jeffrey Fitzgerald added, "We have to stay modest. We can't get to high. If we think of last week's win, we'll lose this week."

While never faced with a 100-point turn-around in a two-week period, the Wildcat coach said, "To me, it's equally difficult regardless of which scenario presents itself. You have to keep things in perspective. You have to be careful about how you think about the previous game. You have to put the past behind you in order to focus on the next game."

What Snyder will repeat a ka-zillion times is that he wants to see continued success. No more, no less.

"If we play well against Colorado, that shows me that we are making some improvements as a team, and that's always our goal," Snyder said. "We want to get better every week." Message sent; message heard.

As receiver Collin Klein said, "Coach Snyder's message is ‘Keep playing, keep playing, keep playing.' We just have to keep getting better."

Safety Tysyn Hartman adds, "This is the time of the year we need to be playing our best. We can't say we're a great team because of last week. That was one game, and now we have another one." vAnother one with the Colorado Buffaloes at 11:30 Saturday morning at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

What K-State does best is run the football, and what Colorado does best is stop the run. In the last two games, CU allowed Kansas a negative-8 rushing yards and Texas 46 rushing yards. In K-State's last two games the Wildcats have rushed for 116 yards against Texas Tech and 232 against Texas A&M.

CU's attack will feature Tyler Hansen, who will be making only his second start after leading the Buffs to an upset of the Kansas Jayhawks last week.

"He has the ability to make big plays at any point in the game. He is very elusive. You might think that you have him trapped and before you know it he has slipped away and has made a big play. If you don't stick to your assignment, he is going to make you pay," said Snyder.

"He has a very good arm and with that he has the ability to scramble. The Colorado coaching staff doesn't want him to stay in the pocket. He has the ability to hurt you with both the run and the pass, so that presents numerous problems to a defense."

Helping Hansen will be Rodney Stewart, who leads the team in rushing with 83 yards per game. While CU averages only 2.88 yards per carry, Snyder says that's a deceiving figure in that it includes 112 negative yards in quarterback sacks.


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