Listenbee Talks Kansas State Challenges

TCU junior receiver Kolby Listenbee says Frogs must not buy into the hype of their top 10 battle with Kansas State.

Many eyes will be on the game that’s taken place at Amon G. Carter stadium this Saturday as No. 6 TCU hosts No. 9 Kansas State in a battle of top ten teams.

TCU comes into the game with one loss in Big 12 play while the Wildcats are a perfect 5-0 in conference play. The winner will take the edge in the race for the Big 12 title, along with Baylor. For both teams, it’s a must-win as they continue hopes of making it to the top four in the College Football Playoff Rankings.

Frogs’ receiver Kolby Listenbee understands the hype around the game. Some are calling it one of the biggest games ever to be played at ACS. But, Listenbee and his teammates continue a business-like approach; take everything one game at a time and don’t make any game bigger than another.

“We just want to go out there and do the best we can,” Listenbee said. “I mean, it’s going to be a huge game but we can’t really focus on that; we just need to go out there and do what we do and not even worry about who they are; we just need to go out there and focus on our plays.”

With the eyes of the nation watching, how do the Frogs not fall into the hype of the game?

“Just stay humble and let the game come to you,” he said. “Just do what we do every day in practice and just make routine plays.”

The Frogs are coming off perhaps their biggest win of the season as they fought back from a 13-0 deficit to escape Morgantown with a 31-30 win over then-No.20 West Virginia. Listenbee caught a 40-yard pass on the Frogs’ last possession that set up Jaden Oberkrom’s game-winning 37-yard field goal.

Listenbee says the drive gives them confidence moving forward.

“The last drive we just came out and believed in ourselves,” he said. “The coach called plays to get us open, line blocked for us, Trevone delivered the ball and the running backs ran the ball. I just had a routine catch.”

TCU had their worst day on offense; one week after totaling nearly 800 yards versus Texas Tech, the Frogs were held to 389 total yards, including just 166 through the air. Kansas State has played tremendous on defense the last two weeks; shutting out Texas and limiting Oklahoma State to just 14 points.

Listenbee expects a tough test from the Wildcat secondary.

“They run a lot of cover two and go man; they’ll probably play over the top of us,” he said of the Wildcats defense. “If we can run underneath routes and some deep balls; we just do whatever we’ve got to do to make things happen.”

Earlier in the week, Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder felt that TCU will be the best team his team will face this season. Listenbee says he sees similarities in Oklahoma and Kansas State and knows you have to play near perfect to beat the Wildcats.

“They’re a sound team; they don’t make any mistakes,” Listenbee said of the Wildcats. “I think Kansas State is a great team. They have a good offense; they’ve been scoring a lot of points. They’ve got a good receiver with Tyler Lockett and the defense is really good and sound. We’ve got to do things we can control and go out there and score points and believe in our offense and abilities.”

The 6:30 kickoff will be just the second night game of the season for the Frogs. With a top 10 matchup combined with the “black-out” and night game, Listenbee is expecting a rowdy home crowd on Saturday.

“I feel like the night game is going to bring a lot of fans out there and a lot of energy because everybody is going to be hyped for it,” he said. “It should be a fun game to be honest.”

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