Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Texas at K-State

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Texas at K-State

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MANHATTAN -- Kansas State reached the halfway point of the football season with a 3-3 overall record, 1-2 in the Big 12 Conference. Looking back at preseason prognostications, that is precisely where a reasonable forecast would have the Wildcats.

The Wildcats were in position to win games at Stanford and West Virginia but came up short, and they held on to beat Texas Tech to go 3-0 at home and 0-3 on the road.

Asked for his evaluation of the team up to this point, coach Bill Snyder called it "a mixed bag," which is fitting for a .500 team.

"There are some areas where we have made improvement," Snyder said earlier this week with K-State coming off a 38-17 loss at Oklahoma. "Every area has kind of been up and down and inconsistent. If you asked me last week, I would have said we were ahead of where we were at the outset. After this past week's ballgame, I would say if you could take away six plays I would say that's still true, but you can't take them away.

"We were collectively not as good this past week. I thought we were going that way (moving his hand upward) and we took a hit."

Snyder, of course, shoulders the blame.

"I just haven't coached them well enough," he said.

Senior defensive end Jordan Willis, a team captain, put the blame on the players and not the 77-year-old coach who last year was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame.

"Coach is always going to say he has to coach better, but as players we have to play better," Willis said. "Last week when we lost to Oklahoma, I didn't sack the quarterback. I didn't affect the quarterback enough so I take that personally that I didn't do my job. He's still a good football coach so it's a matter of us showing up and playing. He can coach us, but we have to play.

"We've had our ups and downs and we have not had a road win, yet. …

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