MANHATTAN — After rain and lightning delayed the game's start time by nearly three hours, the K-State football team (3-3, 1-2 Big 12) struggled mightily on offense, as it fell to No. 6 TCU (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) by a final score of 6-26 Saturday night at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan.
K-State was slated to kick off its match against TCU at 11 a.m. Saturday, but lightning in the Manhattan area pushed the game back to 2 p.m. The Wildcats only put together 25 total yards of offense in the first quarter and finished the game with only 216 yards of offense.
"(The offense's performance) was very frustrating. If you look at the things that we were expecting to do and the things that we want to do, we just didn't get it done. As a leader of the team, I have to look at that and make sure it doesn't happen again," junior offensive lineman Dalton Risner said.
Junior offensive lineman Abdul Beecham talked about his disappointment in the offense's performance Saturday night.
"It's very disappointing. We didn't find the end zone the whole game. We came out flat. We came out with no life. We have to keep pushing along. We have to be better," Beecham said.
K-State's offensive struggles were epitomized in the third quarter, as the Wildcats were down by a score of 6-20. K-State was in a fourth-and-one situation on TCU's eight yard line. K-State attempted to go for it, placing sophomore quarterback Alex Delton in the shotgun formation next to junior running back Justin Silmon. Delton handed the ball off to Silmon, who was unable to gain a yard and gave the ball back to TCU.
Delton, who started the game in the place of injured senior quarterback Jesse Ertz, talked about that play.
"It was extremely frustrating. We had some momentum. I think I had a 35 yard run on that drive. Things were rolling, and then on fourth-and-one we unfortunately couldn't get it. (TCU) did a good job of hiding some of their other stuff. (TCU) has a heck of a defense," Delton said.
Delton struggled in his first career start. He completed 11-of-29 passes for 146 yards and no touchdowns. He also ran 19 times for 35 yards and no touchdowns. Delton gave his evaluation of his performance Saturday.
"I wasn't very pleased with my performance. I feel like we were in some tough situations and we need to thrive on that. I feel like we could have performed better. Being a quarterback, a lot of (this loss) is on me. I take blame for this loss," Delton said.
K-State head coach Bill Snyder talked about Delton's performance.
"Alex really struggled. He had a lot of help in that respect. It wasn't all him. He didn't play nearly as well as he did (against Texas on Oct. 7)," Snyder said.
K-State was only able to rush for 70 total yard Saturday. Risner noted that much of that lack of production falls on the offensive line.
"That's all on the offensive line. It all starts up front. You've got to be able to pick up the guys and be able to pick up the blocks and we didn't do a good enough job. Obviously 70 rushing yards on the table isn't good. We've got to do better," Risner said.
Delton talked about how the offense can get back on track.
"It's going to take all of us to execute. I feel like we shot ourselves (Saturday). It's unfortunate and it's part of it. We're just going to have to execute and go back to the drawing board and learn from our mistakes," Delton said.
K-State will face off against No. 9 Oklahoma on Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan.