November 20, 2007

Fresno game will test Cats' purple heart

After rehashing his team's most recent of three straight defeats on Monday, Kansas State coach Ron Prince outlined the many strengths of Fresno State, a gutsy, aggressive squad that isn't afraid of tangling with BCS conference foes. Then Prince concluded, "It is pretty clear what our goals should be and what exactly is on the line here. I expect a very good effort by everyone involved and a terrific game plan and execution."

It marked the fourth Monday in as many weeks that the second-year coach had issued such a directive. The words vary week to week but underscore Prince's unwavering goal, one that somewhere along the way between "effort," "gameplan" and "execution" has proven unattainable so far in November.

K-State will head to Fresno, Calif., in search of what eluded it in Ames and Lincoln and most recently, in its own stadium: the slippery sixth win necessary to gain bowl eligibility for a second straight season.

The Wildcats, 5-6, will meet Fresno State, 6-4, for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday at Bulldog Stadium, which will be televised nationally by ESPN.

"It will take our very best effort," Prince said. "This is one of those situations that this is it, this is the last regular-season game. If we win the game we may have some ideas that we could do something else, play again. If we lose the game, there is no more."

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