Lack of Effort: "Will be addressed!"

After Saturday's 49-32 loss to the Missouri Tigers, Kansas State's Ian Campbell said, "There's no way in the world I'm not going to come to work with my hat on and ready to fight. If there is any lack of effort from anyone, it will be addressed."

With that being said, the Wildcats, on a three-game losing streak, begin preparation for Fresno State and the 2:30 (Central time) Saturday date with the 6-4 Bulldogs on the west coast.

"We have a lot of the season ahead of us," Campbell said. "Our season is far from over. I want to win this one for the seniors. They deserve to go out with a postseason bowl game."

One of those seniors, Steve Cline, was saying the same: "If anyone thinks this team is going to give up, we don't care about them."

Still, K-State's play has given little reason for encouragement having lost by significant scores to Iowa State, Nebraska and Missouri on consecutive Saturdays.

Jordy Nelson said the reason for the losses is simple: "We haven't made enough plays. We've been in position to make them, but we haven't been able to."

Much of the recent stadium-talk has been not so much the play, but the coaching.

At Nebraska, coach Ron Prince decided to go for a fourth-and-24 play at midfield in the final seconds of the first half. The pass failed, and Nebraska scored in three plays. Saturday, it was the coaching decision to not go for a touchdown, and settling for a field goal, twice when the Wildcats had the ball inside the MU 5-yard-line.

And, Prince opting to give the ball to James Johnson only five times in the second half after a 142-yard first half, and, not once passing the ball to Nelson in the second half until KSU's final possession of the game.

And, there was wonderment why Prince would take away the redshirt season of freshman defensive tackle Xzavier Stewart in the 11th week of the season, just as he did with Chris Carney a year ago in the 11th week of a 12-week season.

Still, K-State has the opportunity to reach postseason play with a sixth win on Saturday. The bowl showing the most interest in the Wildcats is the Independence Bowl.

"One of the things we look at is how are teams going to travel," said Pesky Hill, a representative of the bowl who was in attendance Saturday. "(Texas) A&M is closer to us in miles, but we know K-State's track record of following its team.

"We're here for the game, but also to get a feel for the fans," Hill said. "I just spent time in the parking lot asking if they were ready to come to Shreveport, and they all said yes."

The Independence Bowl will be played on Dec. 31, in Shreveport, La. A possible opponent from the SEC would be Mississippi State.

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