Kansas State University

Plenty of unknowns for K-State

MANHATTAN —Kansas State proved last week it's capable of moving on from a tough loss. Today we find out if the Wildcats can do the same after a big win.

With K-State sitting atop the Big 12 North standings and first place on the line at 11:30 a.m. against Colorado, there is more than enough motivation to go around.

But different kinds of motivation can do funny things to football teams. Some play well when faced with adversity. Others perform best during prosperous times.

"There's not really a lot of time to think about what happened the previous game because you have one day to process the emotions that come with either a win or a loss," K-State coach Bill Snyder said. "So it is very important for myself and the rest of the coaching staff to keep our players focused on the task at hand.''

Still, the last two weeks aren't easy to forget. There first was the 66-14 loss at Texas Tech, followed by the 62-14 domination of Texas A&M.

"You're at both ends of the spectrum the last two weeks," K-State quarterback Grant Gregory said. "It could happen again either way. That's what makes this game so great. You can go out there and get creamed. You can also go out there and cream somebody. You don't know what's going to happen."

But players can determine how well they practice. Last week, the Wildcats said they worked harder after the Texas Tech loss.

Could they put the same amount of effort into drills this week, with duplicating the Texas A&M as their motivation?

"We can't really just rest on the win that we got last week," left tackle Nick Stringer said. "We have to work even harder. We've got to get better."

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