Kansas State hopes to shake off slump at Texas Tech

Struggling to escape a three-game losing streak, Kansas State travels to Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday to face Texas Tech.Wildcats coach Chris Klieman sees a lot of similarities between the teams.”They have a veteran quarterback and a lot of good skill players,” Klieman said. “They’ve run into some teams that have been able to rush the football and they’ve had to play catch-up.”Kansas State (3-3, 0-3 Big 12) opened the season playing from in front against Stanford, Southern Illinois and Nevada. The Wildcats won all three.However, in three consecutive Big 12 losses to Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Iowa State, the Wildcats fell behind early and played catch-up the whole game.”We need to play from ahead more so than from behind,” Klieman said. “That’s probably not suited best for us. When we play ahead, we have the ability to dictate some of the tempo and pace. When we’re playing from behind, we have to be more aggressive on defense, which causes some bigger plays.”Wildcats quarterback Skylar Thompson is 44 of 64 for 526 yards with five touchdowns and one interception in two games since returning from a knee injury. However, he needs the running game to be efficient to open up the passing lanes. Running back Deuce Vaughn (543 rushing yards, five touchdowns) provides the balance when the situation allows.Texas Tech coach Matt Wells is not buying the fact that Kansas State is struggling.”K-State has beat us (five) years in a row,” Wells said. “They’re tough; they’re physical. I have a lot of respect for Chris Klieman. I think Skylar Thompson is gritty and tough. He has a lot of moxie.”Deuce Vaughn is one of the best in the country, and they’ve got some guys in the special teams that keep you up at night.”

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