October 21, 2008

Wildcats trip over Prince's dream scenario

Just when we thought we had started to figure out these Kansas State Wildcats, the defense steps up and the offense disappears with a very winnable game against Colorado on the line. Welcome back to the roller-coaster ride, Kansas State fans.

Good teams find ways to win close games. Need I say more about what took place Saturday night at Folsom Field against a Colorado team on a three-game losing streak and struggling to move the ball with an offense groping for an identity?

It seemed the only way Colorado could expect to win was if points were hard to find. With a pair of missed field goals and other squandered opportunities to add to their point total, the Wildcats should have found enough points to beat the Buffaloes. "Should of" simply wasn't good enough in the Wildcats' 14-13 defeat.

"During the conduct of the game, I never had any doubt we would find a play to win," K-State coach Ron Prince said. "… You could see early on, it was going to be one of those real dirty games (as in penalties, turnovers, etc.), but from that standpoint I thought we'd just battle it out. Our defense would hold up and we'd just win it at the end. You give any coach the ball and some time, you have to feel like you'd have a chance to win. On the road it's more challenging, but we had a chance and we didn't get it done."

The reality after the Wildcats' loss in Boulder on Saturday night is that this is a 4-3 football team with wild swings in performance and facing a daunting three-game stretch that could suck the life out of the 2008 season and Prince's program. Prince's program always seems on the cusp of something better, something more promising, but not quite able to get there. Saturday night's game on a perfect night in the Rockies was a perfect example of that problem.

"I'm not trying to find a lot of positive things about it because we didn't win and that's the bottom line, but I am trying to build the team to understand why we didn't win, where those opportunities were and show them that," Prince said. "Taking that very positive approach is the best thing for our team."

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