OSU's prolific offense readying for 100th-ranked defense

Kansas State's defense ranks No. 100 nationally in total defense, allowing an average of 429.29 yards per game.
By Brandon Chatmon, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Modified: October 25, 2010 at 9:18 pm •  Published: October 25, 2010

It seems ideal that Oklahoma State will visit Kansas State on the day before Halloween to face the Wildcats.

Last Saturday, Kansas State gave up 683 total yards (279 rushing and 404 passing) in a 47-42 loss to Baylor.

Next up, Dana Holgorsen's high-powered OSU offensive attack which ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 in scoring offense, passing offense and total offense.

Could it be Nightmare on College Ave?

The Cowboys will prepare for the game as if Kansas State's defense rivals Nebraska's talented defense.

"They play well at home," Holgorsen said of Bill Snyder Stadium, which is located on College Ave. in Manhattan, Kan. "If you look at who they've beat at home, they've beat some quality opponents and haven't given up a lot of points."

But the Wildcats rank No. 100 nationally in total defense, allowing 429.29 yards per game, which means several of OSU's individual offensive game records could be in jeopardy Saturday.

Baylor running back Jay Finley ran for a school-record 250 yards and quarterback Robert Griffin passed for a career-high 404 yards in the Bears' win over Kansas State. Finley entered the game averaging 63.9 rushing yards per game and Griffin averaged 281.3 passing yards.

"Most of it was a result of huge plays," KSU coach Bill Snyder said. "I would hate to see the list. I haven't seen it yet of how many 30-plus plays they hit, but there was quite a few."

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KANSAS STATE’S DEFENSE GAME-BY-GAME

Opponent, rushing yards, passing yards, plays, total yards, yards per play

UCLA, 193, 120, 62, 313, 5.0

SW Missouri St., 166, 281, 84, 447, 5.3

Iowa State, 171, 122, 68, 293, 4.3

UCF, 252, 92, 69, 344, 5.0

Nebraska, 451, 136, 52, 587, 11.3

Kansas, 103, 228, 82, 331, 4.0

Baylor, 279, 404, 76, 683, 9.0

Significant OSU single game records

Rushing yards: 332, Barry Sanders vs. Texas Tech (1988)

Rushing touchdowns: 5, Barry Sanders (twice) vs. Kansas (1988) and vs. Tulsa (1988)

Passing yards: 430, Zac Robinson vs. Texas (2007)

Passing touchdowns: 7, Josh Fields vs. SMU (2003)

Receiving yards: 300, Adarius Bowman at Kansas (2006)

Receiving touchdowns: 7, Rashaun Woods vs. SMU (2003)

Total offensive yards: 486, Zac Robinson vs. Texas (2007)

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