Kansas State University

Snyder softens stance on offense

MANHATTAN — Now that he's had time to step back and analyze his team's 20-6 victory over Colorado, Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder insists that the Wildcats are still in need of drastic offensive improvement.

But he is no longer using harsh words to deliver that message, like he was on Saturday.

"I was probably a little angrier than I should've been," Snyder said on Monday during his weekly Big 12 teleconference. "But nevertheless, it's apparent we have improvement to make."

In what areas would he like to see the most improvement?

There are several. Against Colorado, Kansas State passed for 80 yards and scored zero points in the second half. It also went 2 for 11 on third down conversions and three times took itself out of scoring opportunities by committing penalties or turning the ball over.

The good news is, according to Snyder, they are all easily correctable problems.

"Some of the things that presented themselves were things that we had thought we had gotten worked through," he said, "and we had been able to execute correctly."

In the first half, K-State seemed fine offensively. It scored 20 points and committed one penalty. But in the second half, the Wildcats were flagged eight times.

What does that tell Snyder about his team?

"A, that we're a very inconsistent football team," he said. "And B, yes, they are correctable mistakes because we had them corrected. We just fell backward."

Sunflower Showdown kickoff set, sort of — ABC is considering televising Kansas State's next home game, Nov. 7 against Kansas. The network is deciding between the Sunflower Showdown, Oklahoma at Nebraska or Oklahoma State at Iowa State for its 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. time slots.

A decision will be made this weekend. The game not selected by ABC will kickoff at 11:30 a.m. and will air on Versus.

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