The ugliness that is the Kansas State defense showed up once again, as the Wildcats fell to the Colorado Buffaloes, 44-36, in Boulder. With the loss, the Cats fell to 6-5 overall and 3-5 in the Big 12, and will have one final shot to improve their bowl standing with that all-important seventh win next week at North Texas. Colorado RB Rodney Stewart tore through the sad Wildcat defense to the tune of 195 yards and two touchdowns, as well as throwing a 23-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. In addition, Buffalo quarterback Cody Hawkins threw for over 200 yards and three touchdowns as the Colorado offense simply had their way throughout the afternoon, moving the ball at will against the hapless Wildcats.
Words can’t describe the frustration in watching this team try to slow an opposing offense down, giving up yards in huge chunks both on the ground and through the air. Whether it’s a single running play, where giant holes are opened up and opposing running backs are able to successfully run almost untouched, or it’s a play-action pass play that Wildcat safeties and corners are constantly biting on and getting torched by more talented wide receivers and tight ends, it’s been constant all year long. Many blame defensive coordinator, Chris Cosh, for not adequately preparing his players or having them playing out of position to begin with. Head Coach Bill Snyder rarely, if ever, fires a coordinator, so it will be interesting to see what happens this off-season as to who comes back next year on his coaching staff. Others in Wildcat Nation question the level of talent this team has on defense, and to some extent on offense as well, more than just the coaching staff. Recruiting “quality” talent definitely fell off in Snyder’s final two seasons in 2004 and 2005 before he initially “retired” after the 2005 season and that continued for three years under then head coach, Ron Prince. When Snyder returned last year, it was expected that would continue for a few years before the future Hall of Fame coach would be able to get back to that level of finding the type of athlete to get the Wildcats back to contending for Big 12 championships like they used to from 1997 to 2003.
Nonetheless, it’s still frustrating to watch.
About the Author
Written by Chad Craghead
A 1988 graduate from Wichita State University, Chad has followed WSU as well as Kansas State athletics for over 30 years, along with being a lifelong Boston Red Sox and L.A./St. Louis Rams fan.