Snyder and Nielsen

Well, they were close.

Yes, that refrain is not what Wildcat fans were hoping for in the midst of Saturday’s 35-25 loss to Baylor, but it’s also not the “Well, at least they didn’t score 80” phrasing that many feared heading into the game against the high-powered Bears. Recognizing that folks kind of get sick of reading about losses, we’ll use this week’s column space to look at the game, while also finding some laughs. We’re digging into classic (term used haphazardly) comedies to look at Saturday’s performance.

“There’s no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you’ll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?” – Elaine Dickinson, Airplane!

Did Bill Snyder use similar wording when looking for wide receivers to fill the two-deep depth chart with both Tyler Lockett and Tramaine Thompson sidelined? Possibly. Whatever the case, we saw Curry Sexton, Torell Miller and even Stephen Johnson step up with the opportunities provided.

 “Well, I could be wrong, but I believe diversity is an old, old wooden ship that was used during the Civil War era.” – Ron Burgandy, Anchorman

Ron Burgandy was a bit off when it came to defining diversity. That said, the Wildcat offense shows the same grasp of the term when Daniel Sams lines up at quarterback. Attempting to guess whether No. 4 will attempt to run left or right is the only intrigue that comes with each snap… That said, on Saturday it worked. Sams rushed 30 times for 199 yards and three touchdowns. Who needs diversity with that sort of production?

“Surely you can’t be serious! … I am serious, and don’t call me Shirley.” – Dr. Rumack, Airplane!

While they avoided committing ten turnovers in a single half (a feat hereon referred to as a dumble-double) this week, the Wildcats continue to lack the discipline and the football IQ that was a team trademark the last few seasons. A Randall Evans late hit gave Baylor’s opening drive new life, when they should have been looking at a 46-yard field goal. The Bears took a 7-0 lead seven plays later. In the second half, the Wildcats burnt through all three of their allotted timeouts in just eight minutes and six seconds, which is sort of like buying a bag of chips to snack on over the weekend and finishing it before your leave the grocery store parking lot. And, as has been said before with Sams, you take the good with the bad. His big day on the ground was rendered irrelevant with an ill-advised pass that was intercepted when the Wildcats had a chance to drive down and take a lead in the fourth quarter.

“I’m sure that we can handle this situation maturely, just like the responsible adults we are. Isn’t that right, Mr. Poopy Pants?” – Lt. Frank Drebin, Naked Gun 2 1/2

It seems that in some parts of Wildcat Nation, this is what the quarterback debate has devolved into. I feel like I’ve been writing about the battle since my infancy and we’re still in the same spot. I’m not touching it any further this week.

“Tis but a flesh wound!” – Black Knight, Monty Python and the Holy Grail

The Bears scored touchdowns on 93, 72, and 54-yard pass plays. Take out those 219 yards resulting from either blown coverage or poor tackling and Baylor, who entered averaging something like 9,433 yards per game (number approximate), gained just 232 total yards. Sure, that’s selective math, but it’s still evident that – despite the flesh wounds – this defense is improving… Who has some gauze?

“Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?” – Bluto, Animal House

Another loss is not what the Wildcats were looking for (weird, right?), and the season’s start has been far from ideal. That said, talk of its demise is a bit premature. No, K-State won’t be repeating last year’s championship without an act of congress (uhh… nevermind…), but with six games left, a postseason bowl game is still in sight.

 “We’re going streaking!” – Frank ‘The Tank’ Ricard, Old School

Sitting at 2-4 midway through the season, what’s this team need? Just a little streaking, preferably of the clothed, winning variety. Their chance to start begins in two weeks, with a very winnable game in Manhattan against West Virginia. So, on October 26, after you head to Home Depot and Bed, Bath & Beyond, you might want to swing by Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Here’s hoping for a pretty nice little Saturday.

About The Author

Hi, I’m Derek Larson. You might remember me from such autobiographical blurbs as “Yo Soy Derek” and “Paste Blurb Here.” I was born and raised in the Manhattan area and I graduated from Kansas State University in 2005. Now I’m now adjusting to life in the land of husking corn. My groom’s cake was a Powercat and I was once convinced that the future of Wildcat basketball was a seven-foot volleyball player. I’ve written about K-State sports in different capacities, often without people asking me to. My hobbies include bringing more purple to Lincoln, Neb., and making vague (and not-so-vague) references to The Simpsons. Follow me on Twitter at @dereklarson.

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