KState's 'D' Woeful

KState's 'D' Woeful

Teams keep rolling up the points and the yards against Kansas State's defense as Texas Tech tattooed the Wildcats for 58 points and 626 yards in Saturday's 58-28 victory. Listening to the players, there are a lot of questions, but few answers.

In a word … Ian Campbell's word … Kansas State's defense is "embarrassing."

That's been true two weeks prior allowing 500-plus yards to mediocre teams in Louisville and Louisiana-Lafayette, and especially factual Saturday giving up 626 yards in a 58-28 loss to Texas Tech.

After not securing a single tackle in 90 snaps of defensive football, Campbell said, "I'm not going to quit. As far as I'm concerned, nobody else on this team should quit either.

There's always hope. There's always another day."

But the fact is, allowing 500 yards per game has become a K-State habit dating back to last year when it gave up 549 to Fresno State and 702 to Nebraska at the end of the season.

When Tech had its No. 1 unit on the field Saturday, it scored nine times – eight touchdowns and one field goal – in 10 possessions. Four of those drives covered at least 70 yards, and the 10 possessions averaged eight plays.

Campbell said it's now K-State's challenge to view the tapes and correct the mistakes.

"We have to raise the moral and maturity level of this team," Campbell said. "It needs to be at a level where we are able to go out and win games."

The two-time all-Big 12 honoree added," You know as somebody who loves to play football, and as this is pretty much my life, it is very frustrating for me as an individual to not be able to do what I need to do for this team to win. We need to correct the mistakes and figure out where the problems lie."

Calling it an assignment issue last week, KSU safety Chris Carney said this week's practices were excellent, "… but we just didn't put it out on the field. The problems were different."

Kansas State's leader against the Red Raiders was linebacker Reggie Walker, who summarized, "We just need to play better, myself . We need to learn how to face adversity. When something goes bad in a game or if its not working for you, you have to just push through it and get it done."

Walker had 10 tackles, but ironically, next high with eight was safety Tysyn Hartman, who has played on the defensive side of the ball just two weeks.

Joshua Moore gave himself a "D" grade against Tech.

"We gave up over 400 yards passing," Moore reasoned. "I couldn't have played too good. We knew they were going to come and throw the ball 50 times, but we didn't step up and make plays."

Campbell said he's frustrated, but adds, "There's always hope."

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