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Cotton Bowl 2012: Kansas State Running Game Is Grabbing Attention

Kansas State Wildcats junior quarterback Collin Klein and running back sophomore running back and John Hubert have combined for 2,032 of the team's 2,324 rushing yards in 2011. The Wildcats were the 27th best team in all of NCAA football this season and is largely responsible for their 10-2 record and their berth in the 2012 Cotton Bowl where they'll face the Arkansas Razorbacks on Jan. 6.


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On Wednesday, some of the guys from ArkansasSports360.com got together for a Cotton Bowl edition of the pressbox roundtable. One of those members was former Arkansas All-American defensive tackle Bruce James. He was asked what Arkansas should be worried about and his answer was the Kansas State running game.

To stop their running game, not allowing them to manage the clock and just basically stopping the run. That’s the biggest concern.

The fact that Klein leads the Wildcats in rushing, and has an amazing 26 rushing touchdowns, caused them to compare him to former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, due to the fact that he was the last quarterback that ran the ball efficiently that the Razorbacks faced.

Yeah, Newton comes to mind. That’s the last time we played a quarterback that ran the ball that successfully. I don’t think Kansas State’s offense line is as good as the one Newton had though. Arkansas has to top the run and make Kansas State pass the ball.

Arkansas' only losses came to the two teams who are playing in the national championship, LSU and Alabama, and their defense is going to need to be on their toes to stop from letting the Kansas State Wildcats rushing offense from handing them a third loss in the Cotton Bowl.