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K-State defense chasing more validation

10/8/2011

Missouri's offense hung over 500 yards and 28 points against Oklahoma's defense earlier this year.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Missouri has just 242 total yards and three points.

Kansas State leads, 24-3.

The Wildcats' defense, led by linebacker transfer Arthur Brown, has earned plenty of buzz for its progress this year. For yet another week, the defense is proving that growth is no fluke.

Missouri, meanwhile, is sitting at 2-2 and looks headed underneath .500 for the first time since 2004. Not what the Tigers envisioned on their trip to face the Wildcats, who Missouri has beaten in five consecutive seasons.

Kansas State is knocking on the door of the top 15, and Bill Snyder is only further cementing his status as a coaching legend.

Missouri, meanwhile, is knocking down the door of a dangerously disappointing season, even though all three of its losses would have come on the road to Top 25 teams.