Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

K-State Receivers Reverse Field with Dropped Passes

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

K-State Receivers Reverse Field with Dropped Passes

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The Kansas State wide receivers hauled in glowing reviews through the first two games, not only for their pass-catching ability but for their blocking in the running game.

The cheers turned to jeers last Saturday with numerous dropped balls -- six, according to K-State coach Bill Snyder - in a 14-7 loss at Vanderbilt. Byron Pringle had half of the drops, with Dominique Heath dropping a third-down throw that would have set up first-and-goal on the Wildcats' next-to-last play when they were driving for a game-tying touchdown.

"I think it puts us back at square one, really," Snyder said Monday on the Big 12 coaches teleconference. "I thought our receivers, both in the running game and the passing game, in week one and week two really had very fine performances, and to move in the totally opposite direction Saturday was really quite a setback.

"We have to go back and start over again and approach it with the appropriate attitude and commitment toward improvement and correcting mistakes and being at the top of your game all the time. It's not a sometime event."

The passing game was simply off track. Quarterback Jesse Ertz missed open receivers at times, finishing 10 of 28 for 76 yards with two interceptions.

"Jesse wasn't without his faults throwing the ball," Snyder said. "There were some throws that weren't as accurate as you'd like for them to be, but we had six drops in the ballgame and every one of them was a catchable ball. It truly is a matter of focus and discipline and the basic fundamentals of being able to utilize your eyes appropriately in the course of receiving a pass."

Throw in penalties -- including an illegal block in the back that negated D.J. Reed's punt return for a touchdown plus a personal foul and false start on the final possession -- and it was a night to forget for the Wildcats in Nashville.

"Vanderbilt is a very fine defensive football team and we were not without ample mistakes," Snyder said. "From our standpoint, it had to do with discipline as much as anything. …

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