MANHATTAN, Kan. — There isnt much Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown can do now about what happened two weeks ago in Waco, Texas.
By TONY ADAME
The Wichita Eagle
But if you think Brown and the rest of the Wildcats defense didnt learn anything from the gashing they received from the Baylor offense in a 52-24 loss, well, youd be wrong.
Time heals those wounds, you get over the frustration and the disappointment and the anger, Brown said. But I didnt forget about it. The time off gave me some time to relax and reflect on what went wrong and what we can do about it.
Coming off a bye week and headed toward a showdown with Texas on Saturday night in Manhattan with the Big 12 title and a Fiesta Bowl bid on the line for K-State, 10-1 and 7-1 in the conference, theres plenty Brown can do moving forward, and that starts with stopping the Longhorns running attack.
Against Baylor, K-State gave up a season-high 342 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground. The Bears put up 580 yards of total offense.
Brown, a Butkus, Bednarik and Lombardi Award semifinalist, had 11 tackles against the Bears but, like the rest of his teammates, spent most of the Wildcats first loss on his heels, chasing Lache Seastrunk (185 rushing yards) and Glasco Martin (113 rushing yards) on big runs.
We need to take full advantage of the time we have to prepare, Brown said. Weve got a great opportunity.
Texas, 8-3, averages 183 rushing yards per game and has scored 30 touchdowns on the ground. The Longhorns attack is varied 5-foot-11, 207-pound freshman Johnathan Gray leads Texas with 654 rushing yards, and 6-1, 230-pound sophomore Joe Bergeron isnt far behind with 562 yards and leads the team with 16 touchdowns.
(Texas) has a powerful, explosive offense, said Brown, who leads K-State with 80 tackles. They like to run, but they have the ability to pass as well. Weve got to maintain focus with all the shifts they do. We need to make sure we play assignment, detail-oriented football.
All the movement can be confusing, like I said they shift a lot, but eventually theyre going to end up in a familiar formation.
The familiarity between the teams isnt something the Wildcats are going to count on, either. Even if they have beaten Texas four times in a row.
Theyre so varied in what they do, K-State coach Bill Snyder said. I cant tell you that we know any more about them than we do about anybody else.