The Kansas State Wildcats, receiving votes in the AP and Coaches Poll along with being ranked No. 22 in the BCS Standings, moved to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in Big 12 play with a 59-7 thrashing of the University of Kansas in Lawrence a week ago. The 52-point victory was the second highest margin of victory since the 64-0 smack down the Wildcats laid on the Jayhawks in 2002. The 87-point difference between the NU and KU games shows the Wildcats’ lack of consistency.


“I think it says we’re capable, but it would also say that consistency is an issue,” said head coach Bill Snyder.


Senior quarterback Carson Coffman had arguably the best game of his career as he accounted for five touchdowns - three rushing and two passing - including going 15 for 16 for 184 yards.


“I thought he played well,” Snyder said of Coffman’s play. “I thought he continued to improve his play.”


The Kansas State Wildcats, receiving votes in the AP and Coaches Poll along with being ranked No. 22 in the BCS Standings, moved to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in Big 12 play with a 59-7 thrashing of the University of Kansas in Lawrence a week ago. The 52-point victory was the second highest margin of victory since the 64-0 smack down the Wildcats laid on the Jayhawks in 2002. The 87-point difference between the NU and KU games shows the Wildcats’ lack of consistency.

“I think it says we’re capable, but it would also say that consistency is an issue,” said head coach Bill Snyder.

Senior quarterback Carson Coffman had arguably the best game of his career as he accounted for five touchdowns - three rushing and two passing - including going 15 for 16 for 184 yards.

“I thought he played well,” Snyder said of Coffman’s play. “I thought he continued to improve his play.”

Daniel Thomas had 91 yards rushing on 18 carries and a touchdown. K-State had the ball six different times in the first half and after a three and out to start the game, the Wildcats had a 38-yard Josh Cherry field goal and then four straight touchdown drives for a 31-0 halftime lead. The Wildcats did not back off in the third quarter, as they put up another 21 points for a 52-0 lead after three.

Perhaps the biggest difference in the game was the play of the defense. Stephen Harrison had a fumble recovery that he took to the house for an 85-yard touchdown and on the next series, intercepted a pass in the end zone on what Snyder called “a tremendous play.” Freshman safety Ty Zimmerman had a fumble recovery in the first half and sophomore linebacker Jarell Childs had a career-high 15 tackles which is one more than he had entering the game.

This week, the Wildcats will again hit the road as they travel south to Waco, Texas, to face the Baylor Bears. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. and the game will not be televised.

The Baylor Bears are 5-2 on the season and 2-1 in Big 12 play, as they lost to Texas Tech in Dallas 45-38, but three weeks ago beat Kansas 55-7 and last week went to Boulder and beat the Buffs 31-25.

Coach Art Briles enters his third year at the helm and is coming off back-to-back 4-8 seasons in which he saw the Bears staying very competitive in most of the games. The Bears are led by All-America and all-everything sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin III. Griffin ranks first in the Big 12 - third nationally - in total offense, gaining 335 yards a game. He also ranks second in conference play in passing efficiency and fifth in passing yards at 281 yards a game. He is responsible for 20 of Baylor’s 24 touchdowns this year with 14 through the air and the other six on the ground. Not only is Griffin a very good football player, he is also a world class hurdler and was an All-American in outdoor track during the spring of 2008 as he was an early enrollee before his freshman year of football and is on pace to graduate this December.

Senior tailback Jay Finley, a three-year starter, leads the Bears with 447 rushing yards and is getting a little over 11 carries a game while scoring three touchdowns. He has 1,889 career rushing yards and is eighth on the all-time list. Junior wide receiver Kendall Wright has 40 catches on the year, 13 more than anyone else, for about 80 yards a game with three touchdowns. He needs 76 yards to get to 2,000 to become the fourth in Baylor history. The Baylor Bears will use a spread set on most occasions and is 13th in the NCAA with 301 passing yards and is eighth in total offense gaining almost 500 yards a game while scoring 33 points a game.

The Baylor defense is not near as efficient as the offense as they give up 156 yards on the ground, 72nd best in Division-I and nearly 400 total yards, which ranks them 80th. They are also giving up more than 20 points a game. The Bears are huge up front with 6-foot-4, 340-pound senior nose guard Phil Taylor, a preseason All-Big 12 pick, and junior Nicolas Jean-Baptiste a 6-foot-1, 330-pound tackle. Redshirt freshman defensive end Tevin Elliott ranks third in the Big 12 with five sacks and fourth in tackles for loss with eight. Senior middle linebacker Chris Francis has played in 42 games for the Bears and is second on the team and 14th in the Big 12 with 47 tackles and last week had a team-high 11 tackles against Colorado, which was also a career high for him. Senior safety Byron “crash” Landor leads the team and is fifth in the Big 12 with 60 total tackles and against Colorado had seven tackles, an interception and a forced fumble.

The winner of this contest will become bowl eligible and also keep them within one game of its division leader. The Bear offense will be extremely difficult for the Wildcats to slow down, if you thought Martinez for Nebraska was fast, Griffin is faster and a much better passer. The best way, and probably the only way K-State wins, will be Daniel Thomas, Carson Coffman, and the offensive line controlling the ball and keeping Griffin on the sideline. The Wildcat defense will need to play its best game of the year and not let Griffin break long runs. Three years ago, K-State beat Baylor 51-13 in Manhattan and may need to score that many points again. This should be a very competitive game with two good head coaches, but Snyder has had a couple of extra days to prepare and good things usually happen for the Wildcats when that happens. Coffman doesn’t go 15 for 16 but has a productive day, Thomas gets his fourth 100-yard game and the defense does enough to help. The Wildcats leave Waco with a 6-1 record after a very hard earned win. Kansas State 41, Baylor 38. Go ‘Cats!!