Kansas State played its first big road game under new coach Chris Klieman and struggled on offense. The game they played at Mississippi State was missing a lot of people in the seats for whatever reason. It was still a quality win but it wasn’t anything like this game. This was a night conference game at Oklahoma State where the fans are on top of you and louder than anything the Wildcats have heard. The offense struggled mightily and the Wildcats only lost by 13.
This wasn’t a game that should turn off fans. It was a game that should cause fans to realize that their offense was bad and they were amazingly in the game. This should bring optimism to Wildcat fans.
Now the Wildcats go home for three consecutive home games with a bye week mixed in. Kansas State has an opportunity to get on a roll. With Baylor coming in, followed by a bye week, and then TCU and finally Oklahoma, Kansas State has an excellent chance to build towards a big win. The next three home games get gradually tougher. You couldn’t have asked for a better schedule under a first year coach.
If there was a turning point in the game it happened early when a James Gilbert fumble gave Oklahoma State the ball deep in Kansas State territory. Oklahoma State scored a touchdown on the next drive to go up 10-0. The score gave the Wildcats their fist double-digit deficit of the season.
Room for Improvement:
Sometimes your room for improvement is just needing more experience. Kansas State players talked about how Oklahoma State showed them looks on defense that the Wildcats had not seen. Kansas State wasn’t able to adjust on offense until after the lightning delay and by then it too late.
Skylar Thompson struggled for the first time this season throwing for just 118 yards on 11-for-23 passing. He is getting experience that he should have gotten last season if Bill Snyder had played him consistently.
Kansas State goes home for a game against Baylor on Saturday. Baylor beat Iowa State in Waco, Texas but almost gave away the game after leading 20-0 starting the fourth quarter. Conference games are rarely easy and this one certainly won’t be but Kansas State has a chance to get back to winning.