The big picture is that the Wildcats learned a little more about themselves. Chris Klieman is learning more about his team. The hopes of finishing in the top half of the conference faded in Kansas State’s bad loss at home to Baylor. But the Wildcats were picked to finish ninth, ahead of only Kansas, so this was not expected by some.
Early season play made the Wildcats look like a much better team than predicted in the preseason rankings. They ran over their early opponents. When they went to Starkville, Mississippi and won when they didn’t even play that great, it looked like Kansas State might be a team that could finish in the top half of the Big 12. But two losses to open up Big 12 play make it look like the Wildcats had fallen back down to earth and might settle exactly where the preseason predictions had them.
A three game home stand looked like it could have boosted Kansas State’s confidence and help them make a run in the conference. After the loss to Baylor you have to wonder if they will win any of those three games.
There is still a lot of conference games to play. They still get to play Kansas. However, they also have to play Oklahoma, Texas and Iowa State to name a few. We thought the Wildcats might be way ahead of schedule under their new coach. After this loss it looks like they are right where many expected them to be. They have seven games left to write their story.
The turning point in this game came half way through the second quarter when Baylor drove 98 yards in six plays and finished the drive off with a 29-yards touchdown pass from Charlie Brewer to Tyquan Thornton. The touchdown put the Bears up 10-3 and Baylor never looked back.
RB James Gilbert ran for 94 of the team’s 123 yards in the game. Gilbert got those yards on just 18 carries fr a 5.2 yards average.
WR Dalton Schoen had six receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown.
Room for Improvement:
QB Skylar Thompson wasn’t awful but had probably his worst game of the season. He struggled against the Baylor defense. He made some questionable reads and decisions. Thompson finished with 218 yards passing with one interception. He ran the ball 11 times for just six yards. The running game struggled and that really hurt Thompson.
The running game as a whole struggled. James Gilbert had some nice runs but the running game as a whole didn’t look anything like how they looked early in the season. It makes you wonder if the running game just took advantage of much weaker defenses and will struggle throughout the rest of the season.
Kansas State has next weekend off before hosting TCU at home on October 19.