CHARLESTON -- Wait for it . . . wait for it . . . the snap, that is.
On Saturday night, West Virginia's defense will have to wait for it to be delivered from Kansas State center B.J. Finney to quarterback Collin Klein.
It can be as maddening to the opposition and fans as that TV-timeout guy in the red hat and jacket who holds up games. And that's exactly the approach Wildcats coach Bill Snyder enjoys.
Perhaps it's a surprise when you consider Kansas State is No. 15 nationally in scoring offense, averaging 40.8 points.
But look closer. In total offense, the Wildcats are but 46th nationally, averaging 427.5 yards.
Looking closer still and you'll see Kansas State has but 379 total snaps and its opponents have but 413 in six games. For the Wildcats, that's an average of 63.2 offensive plays. (Their opponents average 68.8)
To gain perspective, understand the national average is 71.6 snaps. The Big 12 average is 73.8 snaps. And WVU's average is 78.7 snaps.
It's by design. Klein takes his time. He studies the opposing defense. He drives it nuts waiting until the play clock gets to around five seconds or less.
"Kansas State has a way of keeping offenses off the field and creating games where the score is held down lower," said Iowa
State coach Paul Rhoads before his team's loss to K-State last Saturday.
"I don't know how I want to say it, but it [gets the defense] to the point where it loses focus, just because the game plays out so methodically."
Focus will be key to WVU's defense because Klein, perhaps the No. 2 Heisman Trophy contender behind Mountaineer Geno Smith, runs as much as any K-State tailback off the zone read option. Klein, in fact, is the nation's No. 50 rusher, averaging 85 yards a game. WVU's Andrew Buie is No. 51 at 84.
"It is going to be like it was against Maryland," said WVU coach Dana Holgorsen on Tuesday. "They are going to huddle; they are going to sub; they are going to get their personnel groups in; they are going to go to the line of scrimmage and try and draw you offsides; they are going to make sure they are in the right play."
If you're still wondering how K-State runs such a deliberate offense, yet averages 40.8 points, well, check the schedule. The Wildcats rang up Missouri State for 51, Miami for 52 and lowly Kansas for 56.