Bill Snyder's team had just played Oklahoma to a seven-point game into the fourth quarter, and had just put up 30 points and 364 yards on the talented Sooner "D." Yet after Saturday's 42-30 loss to the Sooners, the Wildcat coach was not happy.
What was his postgame message?
"Not a whole lot was said," he said. "We had a chance to do something that really would have been something special in their lives and we failed to do it. We didn't coach them well enough to get what we needed accomplished. "
After trailing 21-0 in the first quarter, K-State quarterback Grant Gregory said, "We kept playing. Coach always stresses that. We just kept playing and we found ourselves back in the game a little bit."
And when pressed, even Snyder applauded the no-quit attitude: "You have got to be proud of the fact that they didn't give up, which I am. On certain areas that we have played better and not giving up and playing better was the most important thing to us and I think we did that."
Now with three games to play and needing at least two wins to become bowl-eligible, and all likely Big 12 North champs, WR Brandon Banks said of the team mood, "We hurt, but we have to move on. We're playing a good football team (Kansas). We've just got to bounce back."
That bounce back will start on Saturday with an 11:30 a.m. kickoff at Bill Snyder Family Stadium against the University of Kansas. The game will be televised nationally by VERSUS.
THE REST OF THE WAY:
Here's how the rest of the season stands for the 3-2, 5-4 Wildcats. First, they need to get to at least seven wins to be bowl-eligible. Secondly, the vast majority are saying that a 5-3 Big 12 record will be enough to win the Big 12 North.
Here are the remaining schedules:
• K-State 3-2 – KU, MU, at NU
• Nebraska 2-2 – OU, at KU, KSU, at CU
• Kansas 1-3 – at KSU, NU, at Texas, vs. KU (in Kansas City)
• Missouri 1-3 – Baylor, at KSKU, ISU, vs. KU (in Kansas City)
• Brandon Banks had 351 all-purpose yards, which tied the KSU single-game record. That's 195 yards in kickoff returns and 156 receiving yards. He returned a kickoff 98 yards for a score giving him four for the season and five for his career, both KSU and Big 12 records.
• Daniel Thomas rushed for 88 yards against an OU rush defense that had allowed just 70 yards per game. Thomas also completed a 41-yard pass and a two-point conversion pass. Through nine games, Thomas has 902 rushing yards and 10 TDs.
• Keithen Valentine rushed for two scores and Thomas rushed for one. Entering the game, OU had given up just one rushing TD.
• The 30 points and 364 yards were season-highs against OU. In Norman, no other team had scored more than seven points.