All Played Role In Defeat
Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder said that his Wildcats played well enough on defense to win the game, but...
"We let them have that touchdown drive (10 plays, 60 yards) after we had taken the lead."
Snyder says that his 'Cats played well enough on offense to win the game, but...
"On that last series, if nothing else."
And, he said his club had a chance to win it with special teams, but...
"We were off-sides on the punt return, or we would have had the ball at the 3-yard-line. We weren't setting the world on fire with our offense, but I think we probably would have gotten it in."
Snyder summarized the 27-20 loss to Marshall on Saturday by saying, "Everybody had their chance to win the ball game, and everybody contributed to that not happening."
The result was the seven-point loss ending the Wildcats' string of 10 straight victories dating back to the 2002 season.
And yes, Snyder shouldered part of the blame himself for probably preparing too much on stopping the Thundering Herds' passing game as opposed to the Herds' thundering abilities on the ground.
"That may have put us on our heels in regard to how we defended the run game," Snyder said.
After giving up just 250 rushing yards in the first four Wildcat games, Marshall totaled 210, averaging 4.7 yards on its 45 rushing attempts. That's to a team that rushed for just 88 yards against Tennessee and 139 versus Toledo.
It's the most rushing yards K-State has allowed since Nov. 24, 2001, when Missouri gained 229.
But Snyder came back to this fact: "We didn't win the ball game for an awful lot of reasons. Not just one thing happened that you can say, 'That's why the ball game was lost.' There were a cupful of things."
HILL IFFY FOR TEXAS
While suited up for the first time this season, Snyder indicated that tight end Thomas Hill was not ready to play on Saturday.
Hill, a preseason all-Big 12 selection, suffered a preseason injury to his ankle and has yet to take a snap.
As for Hill's availability for the Texas game on Oct. 4, Snyder said, "I can't answer that question at all."
Snyder did reconfirm that quarterback Ell Roberson would be available for the game against the Longhorns.
Without question, redshirt-freshman Dylan Meier has been a big-play guy in his few snaps at quarterback for the Wildcats.
He has rushed for a pair of touchdowns and averaged 10.4 yards on his seven carries, but on the flip side has also been intercepted twice on his three passing attempts, plus on Saturday, he fumbled away the football on his lone snap.
On hurriedly inserting Meier into the game late in the second quarter after a Jeff Schwinn fumble, Snyder said, "It was a frustrating time. It was a hard substitution time, but one we felt like we had to make."
Snyder said that he hated the fact that Meier played just the one play, and said, "It didn't look like it was going to be his day."
He quickly added, "I have not lost confidence in Dylan at all. We just need to give him more assistance in practice. He'll be back."
With this being an off week prior to playing at Texas on Oct. 4, Snyder said that players would only be in meetings on Monday, which will be followed by a "light workout" on Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday will be regular workout days. and Friday a light day. Snyder said he was not sure about Saturday's schedule.
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