Kansas State gets No. 1 QB back, Texas using two

Updated: October 3, 2003, 12:19 PM ET

DALLAS -- Kansas State gets back its No. 1 quarterback just in time for the Big 12 opener.

After missing two games with an injured left, non-throwing hand, Ell Roberson returns for the No. 16 Wildcats (4-1) on Saturday at No. 13 Texas (3-1), which plans to keep using two quarterbacks.

The Longhorns bounced back from a loss to Arkansas by effectively using both Chance Mock and Vince Young in a 63-18 win over Tulane last week. Kansas State will try to recover from a loss to Marshall in its last game without Roberson.

"They've got new hope," said Texas coach MackBrown said. "Ell's back. He's their identity."

Besides Kansas State-Texas, there are three other Big 12 openers Saturday. No. 1 Oklahoma (4-0) plays at Iowa State (2-2); Texas A&M (2-2) goes to Texas Tech (3-1); and Colorado (2-2) is at Baylor (2-2).

No. 12 Nebraska (4-0) and Oklahoma State (3-1) play the Big 12's last non-conference games this season, both at home. The Cornhuskers play Troy State, and the Cowboys play Louisiana-Lafayette.

Kansas (4-1) has an open date after a four-game winning streak. Missouri (4-1), knocked out of the Top 25 after its 35-14 loss to the archrival Jayhawks last week, also doesn't play.

Texas has a new two-quarterback tandem. Mock is the starter, but Young rotated in about every third series in blowout wins over Rice and Tulane.Brown said Young, who didn't take a snap against Arkansas, will play against Kansas State.

Oklahoma went undefeated in conference play for the fourth straight year. Iowa State has consecutive losses after just one pre-October loss the previous three seasons.

The Sooners have outscored their opponents 42-17 this season, and have dominated the series against Iowa State 64-5-2. And Oklahoma has made the most of open dates during the regular season under coach Bob Stoops, going 6-0 the week after by an average margin of 21 points.

Texas A&M has to be wary about facing a Texas Tech quarterback.

Last year, Kliff Kingsbury hit 49 of 59 passes for 474 yards and five TDs in a 48-47 overtime win over the Aggies. Kingsbury's gone, but his replacement, B.J. Symons, has set Big 12 records for passing yards the past two games (586 yards at North Carolina State and 661 at Mississippi).

Texas A&M hasn't won in Lubbock in 10 years, and is coming off consecutive losses to Top 25 teams Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh.

Colorado has given up 47 points in consecutive losses, 47-7 at Florida State and 47-26 to Washington State. Baylor has won just one of its last 37 conference games, and lost 34-0 to the Buffaloes last season.

Still, Colorado coach Gary Barnett insists the two-time defending Big 12 North Division champion won't overlook Baylor.

"Trust me, there won't be any trouble getting up for Baylor. We're a humble football team," Barnett said. "We better be glad that we have another game to play after our last two performances."

Buffs quarterback Joel Klatt could return from a shoulder injury, but Barnett said running back Bobby Purify won't because of an ankle injury.

Nebraska has the nation's top-ranked defense, allowing just 236 yards per game and forcing 15 turnovers. Troy State (3-2) has lost in Lincoln the last two years by a combined 73-30 score.

Oklahoma State, playing for the first time since Josh Fields threw seven TD passes to Rashaun Woods at SMU on Sept. 20, tries to improve to 4-1 for only the second time since 1988, when the Cowboys won a school-record 10 games. Louisiana-Lafayette (0-5) has lost all four previous games in the series.

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