Cats ready for first trip to Ames since 2007

The last time Kansas State traveled to Jack Trice Stadium, Iowa State handed the Wildcats a 31-20 loss in Ron Prince’s second year as head coach.

The Wildcats have since reeled off four straight wins over the Cyclones, but they came by an average of 5.75 points and none of them were played in Ames. K-State defeated Iowa State at home in 2008 and 2011. In between, the Farmageddon series briefly moved to Arrowhead Stadium.

So Saturday’s game will be a new experience for K-State players. None of them have played at Jack Trice Stadium before. Next week will bring a new stadium, too, when the Wildcats play their first game at West Virginia since 1931.

Question is: Will that have an impact on the games?

“I would like to think that’s not the case,” K-State football coach Bill Snyder said. “As we’ve said so many times, it’s keeping it all between the white lines. If you do that it all looks the same no matter where you happen to be. Grass is grass.”
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A few minutes wtih … Travis Tannahill

During Kansas State’s season-opening win against UCLA, the Wildcats ran wild for 313 yards. With that kind of production in the rushing game they had no need for an explosive passing attack.

In future games, they may need a more balanced offense.

To improve on the 64 yards K-State threw for against the Bruins, Carson Coffman will need to be quicker and more precise with his passes. The Wildcats’ wide receivers will need to run better routes, and their offensive line will need to allow less than six sacks.

Sophomore tight end Travis Tannahill will be involved in both those last two areas. He has already examined ways to get K-State’s passing game going against Missouri State this week. Here are some of his thoughts:
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