September 4, 2006

Powercat of the Game: DE Ian Campbell

Kansas State sits with a 1-0 record after last Saturday's season opening with over Illinois State, but if not for the play of sophomore defensive end Ian Campbell the Wildcats could very well be staring at an 0-1 mark and an even longer list of questions heading into week two. Campbell's eight-tackle (five for losses), three-sack performance earned him our weekly Powercat of the Game honors.

"Ian Campbell was terrific. Defensively, it'd be hard to say he wasn't player of the game. I'll have to go back and look at the tape to confirm that," head coach Ron Prince said. "But one of the things you have to be able to do in the fourth quarter in very close games is have a great running game on offense and have a fourth-quarter pass rush on defense.

"Ian Campbell and the guys up there with him were responsible for that. Three sacks by any defensive lineman going into the game, particularly (eight) tackles total, that's a pretty good effort."

Campbell's final sack of Illinois State quarterback Luke Drone with just more than a minute left on the clock was crucial, as it forced the Redbird offense into an even more difficult situation as they attempted to drive for the game-winning score, but Campbell's first sack of the evening should not be ignored.

On a 2nd and 8 play from K-State's 11-yard line on ISU's first drive of the evening Campbell corralled Drone for a 5-yard loss, forcing the Redbirds into a third and long play they could not convert. The sack may have been responsible for forcing the ISU drive to stall instead of reaching the end zone, as the Redbirds settled for a field goal.

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