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Defense helping ’Cats get back on track

West Virginia wide receiver Daikiel Shorts is tackled by Kansas State defensive back Ty Zimmerman during the second half of an NCAA football game in Manhattan on Saturday.

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MANHATTAN — Kansas State replaced nine starters from a defense that was among the best in the Big 12 last year, including its entire defensive line, two linebackers and three defensive backs.
It only stands to reason that there’d be growing pains this season.
In the opener against North Dakota State, the Wildcats (3-4, 1-3) couldn’t stop the lower-division school from marching downfield in the closing minutes to score a touchdown that stunned the defending Big 12 champs and sent a ripple through college football.
Things didn’t go a whole lot better the next few weeks as the ...


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