5 KEYS TO VICTORY

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1. Apply pressure
    The K-State defense thrives on rushing the quarterback and forcing him into making mistakes. Though the Wildcats got two sacks in Week 1, several K-State players were concerned with the amount of consistent pressure the defensive line produced.

2. Wrap it up
    Another issue the defense faced against North Texas was sloppy tackling. The Wildcats got away with it in Week 1, but now is not the time to develop bad habits. Poor tackling ushered in the defensive collapse of 2007.

3. Go big
    Against the Mean Green, Keithen Valentine and Logan Dold failed to break a long run. Neither had a carry of more than 19 yards. Great running backs have the ability to break tackles and outrun defenders. K-State’s duo should be able to manage big plays against this competition.

4. Super subs
    There was a significant drop off in play from K-State’s first string to its second string last Saturday. The backups need to produce to allow the Wildcats to coast to an easy victory.

5. Keep up the
confidence
    The Wildcats have a very important game with Louisville on Sept. 17. An easy blowout would give them something positive on which to build. An uncomfortable win would raise questions during a critical point of the season.

— compiled by Jon Garten

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