Football Returns Home for Matchup vs. Texas

K-State football, among the nation's most undervalued squads, heads into today's game hot off of a 31-30, nail-biting win at Oklahoma last weekend, and is the only team in the Big 12 Conference undefeated in league play.
"We're always thinking about not taking ourselves for granted or anyone else for granted," explained linebacker Jonathan Truman. "So being No. 1 in the Big 12 right now, that doesn't' really mean anything to us during the season. All that matters is what it says after the games are played. We're just focused on this game and then after this game we'll be focused on the next one."
Focused and prepared on the task at hand, though Texas' record might not show it, today's opponent is filled with athletic talent the Wildcats are not taking lightly. 
"They have some of the best athletes in the nation at every position," said linebacker Will Davis. "They're always going to be Texas and they're always going to be good. Their offense has gotten better every week with the number's they've put up. We expect them to be even better this week than they were last week."
And Davis is right; Texas is getting better and better each week. 
The Longhorns travel to Manhattan, Kansas, coming off of a 48-45 win over Iowa State where freshman quarterback Tyrone Swoopes was 24-of-36 for a total of 321 yards. In the Longhorns' last two games, Swoopes recorded 800-plus total offensive yards - the third highest total in back-to-back games in Longhorn history. With size, speed and skills, there is no doubt Swoopes (6-foot-4, 245 pounds) will pose a threat for opposing teams' defenses. 
"They have a little bit of everything," said K-State head coach Bill Snyder when asked about the weapons of the Texas offense, "but the guy that's really come front and center is their quarterback. You can just see the progress that he's made. He's a talented, talented young guy and he's extremely capable. He's growing rapidly. He's accumulated 800 yards of total offense in the last two ball games. They utilize him in so many ways; he gives them that added dimension."
On the flipside of the ball, the Texas defense is also made up of linemen, who like Swoopes, bring size and speed to the table.
"I think they're probably as good of a front four as you'll find in the game today," added Snyder on the Texas defense. "They're big, physical they run well. (Defensive tackle) Malcolm Brown, he's what 320 pounds or something like that? He's athletic. He can knock you around and run you down. So they just have a very physical and mobile athletic front. That makes it hard to run on them."
Though Texas has been improving game in and game out this season, so has K-State. 
However, taking no game for granted, it should be no surprise the Wildcats look at today's matchup with Texas like it has every game of the season.
"Texas always brings in high quality athletes, I know they struggled a little bit this year and their record isn't' what it's been in the past, but they're still a disciplined team with great athletes," said junior defensive back Morgan Burns. "The way college football works, anybody can beat anybody on any given day. So we're looking at every team the same each week."
HOMECOMING WEEKEND
Also adding to the excitement of today's game is the recognition of Homecoming Week. With the theme set as 'Coast to Coast,' earlier this week K-State head coach Bill Snyder talked about what he would like people from around the nation to know about his program.
"(This team) appreciates all the people coast to coast that support the program," said Snyder. "We have Kansas State people, virtually, anywhere and everywhere, and I am fortunate to hear from them on a regular basis. People are very gracious, they care about our university and our program. They're there. We know they're there. They make themselves known and heard, and our players appreciate that a good deal."
 

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