By Mark Janssen
Bill Snyder was brutally honest after Thursday's game against Nebraska, and that included being honest with his players, his coaching staff ... and himself.
"Maybe we're not quite as good of an offensive football team as somebody might have wanted to project at some point in time. We've got a lot ahead of us," said the Wildcat coach. "That's something that rests on my shoulders to make sure we do the right things, whether it's opening the playbook or not, you still have to be able to do the things that you put on the field and execute them well. But it's our responsibility to make sure that we get our players to be able to execute whatever it is that we're trying to do."
He wasn't finished: "We didn't run the ball very well, we didn't throw it extremely well, and we didn't play defense against the run or the pass very well. I don't think it's one aspect of it that I'm concerned about. I'm concerned about all of it collectively and just how good we are in any aspect of the game."
Snyder promised some tough-love to his Wildcats for the days heading into playing Kansas on Thursday in Lawrence, and he promised to study each of the 22 positions on the field to determine if the right Wildcat was in place. "And I'm not just talking about at quarterback," he said.
Quarterback Carson Coffman said of K-State's lack of execution against Nebraska, "It just comes down to finishing drives. We've talked about that before, but it didn't happen. We felt like we were moving it pretty well at some points, but we just could not finish."
Perhaps, but of K-State's 11 possessions, seven advanced the ball no more than 30 yards, and six times the drive included no more than six plays.
On the other side of the ball, the Cornhuskers rushed the ball for 451 yards, passed for another 136 for a total offensive night of 587 yards.
"I would not say that they had more speed than what we thought. We just did not come out and execute like we needed to," said cornerback David Garrett. "They (NU) came out to play and did not make mistakes. They were the ones that did execute tonight."
Defensive end Antonio Felder added, "Film speed is definitely different, because you always feel like you are faster than who you are watching. Once you get into the game and get moving, you start to get a feel for how fast the other team is. We were not able to adjust to their speed throughout the game."