MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - Starting slow is a frustrating, yet familiar feeling for Kansas State.
Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder watches his team play during the second half of an NCAA college football game against West Virginia Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)
The Wildcats are 2-2, with one of those wins being an unimpressive three-point victory over South Dakota of the FCS. The two losses are to ranked opponents (Mississippi State and West Virginia) by a combined score of 66-16.
Needless to say, a win against No. 18 Texas at home on Saturday would help show the Wildcats are capable of turning things around.
"We have a lot to prove now," senior wide receiver Zach Reuter said. "We've shown twice that we took steps back and we really need to take a step forward to push our season in the right direction."
"If we're able to come back and get a victory this week in Manhattan against a ranked opponent, that'd be huge for our guys going forward, confidence and everything," running back Alex Barnes said.
To do that, the offense is going to need to improve greatly. Kansas State has just eight touchdowns this season, which is tied for 116th in the country. Bill Snyder said he doesn't plan on being any more involved with the unit as he has been, placing the blame for the struggles everywhere.
"I do not fault anybody in particular," Snyder said. "I do not fault our coaches or our players. Everybody has improvement to make and that starts with me and our coaching staff. This is an offensive staff that is different when you consider the assignments of each and they are growing together."
A large focus this season has been on the quarterback rotation with Skylar Thompson and Alex Delton. While Snyder said on Tuesday he plans on playing both, the Kansas City Star reported he will start Delton against the Longhorns.
"Both of them played reasonably well in the course of the ballgame at West Virginia," Snyder said. "The decision to go from one to the other was not necessarily because Skylar (Thompson) was playing bad. It was because we had to get a touchdown on the board, which certainly was not Skylar's fault.
"It was just a collective number of things. We will see who gets the start, but I will anticipate, as always, that both of them will be on the field contributing."