Sunday Seconds: Eyes on Texas Mike Tufano September 15, 2013 Features, Sunday Seconds We knew going into last night that not a lot of questions would be answered. But I didn’t think that the lack of answered questions would be a result of looking mediocre. I fully expected to win big and win easy and to look great against a team that was so much our inferior that you can’t take any answers from it. Instead both the offense and defense looked highly questionable at times (regardless of who was in at quarterback) and the expected “unstoppable” at others (regardless of who was in at quarterback.) Quarterbacks by the numbers: Numbers don’t show it all. Daniel Sams continued to look dynamic and explosive on the ground, and completed a couple nice passes thanks to timely play calls. Waters had his worst look of the season, but also led a couple really nice drives, including a 5 play, 62 yard touchdown drive in the last 1:30 of the 1st half. And while Waters ended up comparable numbers to Sams’ rushing, they were also largely a result of timely play calls. It’s hard to tell much when you play a team as bad as UMass, but K-State did manage to settle into a nice rhythm, both in the running game with Waters, and in the overall 2 QB system. While mistakes were made all around, I was very happy with the play-calling, within the context of a Snyderiffic non-con conservative approach. Even after Kip Daily’s 2 interceptions last night, K-State is -2 in turnovers on the year (or -1 for some stat sites that only count games against FBS opponents… we must be the only team where that exclusion actually helps us). I was wondering when the last time K-State ended the non-con portion of the schedule negative in the turnover margin. Not surprisingly, it was in 2008, the last year of the Prince era, when K-State was -2 after 4 non-con games. The last Snyder-led team to do it? 2004, thanks to that ugly, ugly loss to Fresno State. (The 2005 & 2011 teams ended non-con play even on turnover margin). Quote of the week: Junior Quarterback Jake Waters On Coach Snyder operating the two-quarterback system… “Coach Snyder knows what it takes to win and we are all for it. I am cheering for Daniel when he is out there and he is cheering for me, so it is good and it is working so far.” Whether it’s on social media, in the stands, or wandering around the concourse at halftime, it’s incredibly sad to hear how many fans aren’t following Jake & Daniel’s lead of cheering for both quarterbacks. Opponent quote of the week: UMass Head Coach Charley Molnar Opening statement… “Obviously the game did not turn out the way I wanted it to, and like I thought it could. That was definitely a very good football team that we just played, it is not a juggernaut, but it is really good.” TEXAS LONGHORNSLocation: Austin, TexasStadium: Darrell K. Royal2012 Record: 9-4 (5-4)2013 Record: 1-2Coach: Mack BrownTwitter: @MBTexasFootballLast year: UT 24 KSU 42All time: K-State leads 8-5 Next up: Texas. We’ll head into Austin on Saturday night (7pm, ABC) to find a team that’s lost 2 in a row, and replaced its defensive coordinator. Yesterday Texas had a 23-14 lead before giving up 27 unanswered points to fall to Ole Miss 44-23. Hello team who can’t stop the run. The K-State volleyball team had a great win yesterday. After dropping their first match of the season on Thursday to Santa Clara at the Cal tournament, they rebounded to beat #23 Cal in 5 sets yesterday. It was the first set (not just match!) that Cal has lost this year. Next up for the volleyball team is Arkansas, St. Louis, and South Alabama at the Razorback Invitation starting Friday.If they don’t find themselves ranked tomorrow, a sweep of that one should get them there. Sorry about the lack of a Right on Kimball last night. Our regular recap writer was out, and we weren’t able to get a substitute lined up in time. Look for Charlie to be back next week.