Kansas State left too many opportunities on the field Thursday night in their 20-14 loss to 5th ranked Auburn at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
On the three missed field goals by Jack Cantele, Coach Snyder explained,”We had some bad snaps and bad holds on two of them.”
The missed field goals are not typical for Cantele who made 84.6% of his field goals in 2013 and was 4-5 going into Thursday nights game.
“When he get’s good snaps and good holds he looks fine,” said Snyder.
The loss is the first for the Wildcats on the season and Jake Waters called it extremely frustrating because he say’s that they beat themselves.
“We beat ourselves, for sure. You know they will probably say they didn’t play the best game, but you know that’s a credit to the way we played defensively. Offensively we just couldn’t finish in the red zone. That’s what we’re usually best at, to leave that many points on the field it’s just so frustrating,” says Waters.
Defensively Snyder said that he feels they took three steps forward and one step back, and they will have to wait for next week to tell if the team gained anything from the loss.
“I would like to think, I think we’ve got good young people. I think they care. I think it will be painful for them. You know if all of those things are really in place, then I think they will respond well,” explained Snyder.
Kansas State now has a long week to prepare for the University of Texas at El-Paso, who will be in Manhattan on September 27th. That game is scheduled for an 11 a.m. kickoff.