November 15, 2006

Wildcat offense continues to improve

Three days after a much-accelerated Kansas State offense administered much more than a Texas two-step in a 45-42 dehorning of the fourth-ranked defending national champions, right guard Logan Robinson, a native of Agra with visions of the 104th Sunflower Showdown meeting against Kansas in sight, revealed as much about his head coach's honesty as in the growing confidence in the unit's capabilities. Robinson recalled a team meeting early last week.

"When we started watching Texas tape, the first thing Coach Ron Prince said was, 'They're 10th in the Big 12 in pass defense. That's what we're going to go after,'" Robinson said.

The directive took form - or make that flight -- in a 269-yard, 3-touchdown passing night on the grand stage by true freshman Josh Freeman, who garnered his second Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honor in as many weeks by reading his progressions, looking off the safeties and delivering crisp passes to nine different pass-catchers.

The Wildcats, 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the Big 12, in becoming the first team in 43 games to stick 40 points to a traditionally stout Longhorns defense, issued the latest of six performances in which the once-moribund offense, which hit a low in a 17-3 loss at Baylor, has ascended to the most-improved group (see chart) in the Big 12.

While points (+7.3), total yards (+47.1), and a rejuvenated passing (+12.0 yards) and ground attack (+35.1) over the past six contests have spurred streaks (at one point the Wildcats had just four 3-and-outs in 39 drives) and killed others (the Texas game ended a stretch of nearly three seasons in which the Wildcats hadn't put together three-straight 30-plus point performances), here's the best part.

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