SNYDER SAYS TEAM STILL TOGETHER

MANHATTAN, Kan.- Kansas State held Oklahoma State's high powered offense in check Saturday allowing just two touchdowns, but via the big play, the Cowboys did accumulate 511 yards of offense in their 24-14 victory over the Wildcats. While O-State gained 6.7 yards per play with its 76 snaps of the football, K-State mustered just 3.9 yards on 75 plays for a total offense of 289 yards.

Bill Snyder's words were firm after Saturday's 24-14 loss to Oklahoma State.

"I don't want it to be a grave yard," said Snyder after losing for the third time in the last four games, with that only win over hapless Kansas. "We're not going to bring caskets into it."

And while there is rumored dissension among the ranks, Snyder was quick to douse any such talk: "I don't see any division taking place. You can't point fingers, because there's no one to point fingers at but me. I think they're respectful young people who won't do that."

At the same time, however, one can sense that pressure is building as the Wildcats have missed on opportunities to notch that necessary sixth victory to become bowl eligible in each of the last two weeks.

"We can't wait on North Texas to try to get that sixth win," said KSU running back Daniel Thomas, referring to K-State's regular-season finale. "They're not going to be no pushover team. We've got to go out there and play now and try to get this win."

K-State's next chance will come Saturday at 7 p.m. at Bill Snyder Family Stadium against Texas, followed by trips to Missouri and Colorado, before ending the regular season in Denton, Texas.

While the Wildcats have multiple issues, nothing has been more apparent in recent games than the big play. Others have it, K-State does not.

In Saturday's loss, O-State had 20 plays of at least 20 yards, to K-State's six.

With the ball, Snyder admitted that the reason could be a lack of "team speed." Plus, there are the season-ending injuries to the Wildcats' top two receivers in Brodrick Smith and Tramaine Thompson.

Quarterback Carson Coffman admitted that the "big play" had been lacking, but his favorite target Aubrey Quarles said he wasn't concerned. "We have big play potential, but we just aren't getting those plays."

And that includes Quarles, who gained just 59 yards on his nine catches against the Cowboys. His longest gain was a 14-yard catch.

On defense, Snyder has a more definite answer. "Part of those big plays was created by missed tackles. We gave up two long plays in the first half, and the in the second half missed tackle, after tackle, after tackle, which gave them five, 10 or 20 extra yards," said Snyder. "It's a mechanical issue. I stopped practice during the course of the week to address it, but we haven't got it yet."

Last week it was much the same with Baylor rolling up 47 points with four touchdowns coming on 28 yards or more, and the week before Nebraska scored 48 points with five scores coming on plays of at least 35 yards. Ironic this past week were these numbers, which again comes back to the big play, or lack thereof.

Total Plays – OSU 76, KSU 75, but total yards had OSU with 511 (6.7 yards per play) and KSU 289 (3.9).

Total Rushes – OSU had 37 attempts and KSU 37 attempts, but the Cowboys rushed for 213 yards and the Wildcats for 111.

Total Passes – OSU attempted 39 and KSU threw 38 times, but O-State covered 298 yards with its 22 completions (13.5 yards) and K-State 178 with its 25 catches (7.1 yards).

Rushers – OSU's Kendall Hunter ran it 28 times and KSU's Daniel Thomas 29 times, but Hunter gained 143 and Thomas 101.


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