K-State looks to rediscover its run game against TCU

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MANHATTAN, Kan. — Every time longtime Kansas State coach Bill Snyder seemed to be leaning toward retirement, it seemed as if TCU coach Gary Patterson’s name would surface as the logical successor for the Wildcats.
He was born in Kansas. Played linebacker at Kansas State. Got his first coaching gig, as a graduate assistant, with the Wildcats. He even coached at Pittsburg State, a Division II school in Kansas.
Things never quite worked out, though. Patterson was having too much success with the Horned Frogs to contemplate a move very seriously, so Kansas State hired a nondescript offensive coordinator named Ron Prince the first time Snyder retired — a hiring that turned out to be a failure.
The second go-around, the Wildcats hired uber-successful North Dakota State coach Chris Klieman, who had no ties at all to the school but now gets to match wits with Patterson on Saturday.
“They’re very physical. I think that’s the first thing that you notice on film is how physical Coach Patterson’s defense plays,” Klieman said. “They hit their fits, they know their

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