The Kansas State football team now faces a bye week after its 52-24 loss to Baylor, one that presumably ended the team’s national title hopes.
There is still plenty on the line for the Wildcats, with the chance to win the Big 12 Conference and secure a BCS slot with a win over Texas.
But with two weeks before the Wildcats play Texas, one thing K-State coach Bill Snyder said his team can’t do is continue to focus on the loss.
Whether the open date will be a positive or negative, well, that is to be determined.
“Feeling sorry for yourself is not an option and who knows about open dates,” Snyder said. “In some cases, you’d say, ‘Yes most certainly.’ The positive thing is it gives you a chance to give your youngsters an opportunity just to have some time off and be away from it, which we’ll provide that for the young guys in our program and the coaches to be with their families.
“When you get into over three-and-a-half months of daily and continual work, a break is welcome. Hopefully, they will appreciate that and take full advantage of it. But on the other side of the coin, that’s two weeks having to live with the loss in Waco.”
Everything that probably could have gone wrong, did go wrong for the Wildcats against Baylor. They turned the ball over, committed penalties and made mistakes.
Snyder said his team wasn’t prepared as well as it needed to be, and Baylor came out ready to play.
Moving forward shouldn’t be hard though, he said, if the team focuses on what it has all season.
“You don’t get away from what you’ve done throughout the course of the season,” Snyder said. “You have to learn how to deal with the emotions that come with this, you know, a tremendous amount of disappointment and eventually that turns into anger and frustration. Maybe the frustration comes first then the anger.
“Then it’s a matter of being able to, each of us individually, look at the things that we can do better and need to get corrected and accepting the responsibility to do so, players and coaches alike.”
The Wildcats were beat up on Saturday, playing without safety Ty Zimmerman and linebacker Tre Walker. Tyler Lockett could barely get on the field.
Snyder said the injuries aren’t an excuse for the performance on the field though. The concern now, has to be whether or not the team comes back ready to play Texas on Dec. 1.
“At any point in time during the season, you always have concerns about how they’ll respond to what took place the previous game,” Snyder said. “Sometimes it’s harder to respond to a victory than it is to a defeat and vice versa. I think consistency needs to be a staple and it has been up to this point in time. We can’t all of a sudden decide that we’re the worst team in the world and alter everything.
“We just have to stay the course and keep rowing the boat, as we say so often, and put greater emphasis on being able to correct the mistakes.”
Game time for the Texas game has not yet been announced. The Big 12 Conference said the times will be announced on Sunday.