Things got off to a rough start for the Kansas State Wildcats in 2013. They opened the season with a loss to FCS North Dakota State in Manhattan and dropped their first three Big 12 contests to sit a 2-4 at the midway point of the season. But Bill Snyder isn’t a coach that is going to pack it in and give up on a season because of a few tough losses. Snynder’s Wildcats have turned things around in the second half, winning three straight games by an average margin of nearly four touchdowns making K-State one of the hottest teams in the Big 12 heading into the home stretch.
At the heart of K-State’s turnaround has been the successful implementation of a two-quarterback system in Manhattan. Both Daniel Sams and Jake Waters have found their role in the offense, though it took some rocky transitions early on to get there, and have been able to seamlessly switch out under center to give the Wildcats’ offense exactly what it needs. They have described themselves as “tag-team wrestlers playing quarterback,” and are hitting on all cylinders right now.
Figuring out that quarterback rotation has seemingly put everything else on offense into place. Kansas State is playing efficient and balanced football to sustain long drives and finishing with points on the board. They’ve also been helped by getting healthy at receiver and limiting the turnovers they’ve given away and it has turned a sluggish start into three straight dominant performances.
Since losing to the Baylor Bears, K-State has completed 73 percent of their passes with six touchdowns and no interceptions. From halftime against the West Virginia Mountaineers to halftime last week against the Texas Tech Red Raiders, Kansas State scored touchdowns on 14 of 22 possessions, not including kneel downs. They have come together and tapped into the winning formula with just three games remaining on the schedule with a chance to finish out strong.
They may not be in the running to repeat as Big 12 champs, but an 8-win season for Snyder and the Wildcats would be a major accomplishment in 2013. Can they win out and get it done?