September 10, 2007

Wildcats lose LB Moore for season

Kansas State coach Ron Prince on Monday said junior outside linebacker Antwon Moore would miss the remainder of the season with an injury. Although Prince refused to disclose the nature of the injury to the 5-foot-10, 210-pounder, Moore's absence is just one of several concerns the Wildcats must address before their meeting at home against Missouri State on Saturday.

"We're last in the Big 12 in kickoff returns, we're not doing very well as it relates to offensive turnovers, too many penalties as a team - 16 to nine is still too many - and too many missed tackles," Prince said. "We've got a lot of things we need to work on and work toward this week so we have a chance to win again."

K-State comes off a 34-14 win over San Jose State and will complete a two-game home stand with a 6:05 p.m. kickoff against Missouri State of the Football Champion Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The Wildcats, 1-1, will face a Bears' team from the Gateway Conference that opened the season with a win over Missouri-Rolla (62-17) and a road upset of No. 16 Tennessee-Martin (51-44) last Thursday. The Bears own the highest-scoring offense (56.5 points) in the FCS behind a rushing attack that averages 320.5 yards per contest.

K-State improved to 11-1 against Division I-AA teams since 1989 with a 24-23 win over Illinois State in the season opener last season. But the Wildcats, who rank No. 36 nationally in total defense (292.0 yards), must move ahead without the speedy Moore, who collected 2.0 sacks in the first two games of 2007.

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