The first game of the season for the Kansas State Wildcats took more of a fight than they may have expected.
Down 12 points at halftime, the Wildcats clawed their way back with a 15-point fourth quarter to get past South Dakota 27-24.
During his weekly press conference this afternoon, Head Coach Bill Snyder said his team wasn’t well disciplined in their first game of the season.
He says that was evident by the 13 penalties, turnovers and dropped passes his team racked up against the Coyotes.
The road doesn’t get any easier for the Kansas State this weekend, when they play host to the #18 ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs.
For junior quarterback Alex Delton, he says they come into their toughest test of the season with a chip on their shoulders.
“It gives us that extra motivation, any time hopefully we are ranked, we are unranked and playing a ranked opponent, that just gives us extra motivation to show the nation, the conference, what we are really capable of doing,” said Delton.
Others, like senior offensive lineman Dalton Risner, say they can learn from their close call against South Dakota.
“It’s not about what Mississippi State does this weekend, it is about what we do, and I think that might have been one of the issues from the offensive line standpoint, and the offensive standpoint last week is might have been a little too worried about what South Dakota was doing and needed to be a little more worried about what we do as Kansas State football.” said Risner.
The Bulldogs are the first ranked non-conference team to come to Manhattan since Auburn in 2014.
Kickoff for the game is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.