Students express frustration over K-State football’s performance against South Dakota

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K-State won against the South Dakota Coyotes 27-24 for their opening weekend game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. (Emily Lenk | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State students seem uneasy after the eye-opening Week 1 performance against South Dakota since Mississippi State, 18th-ranked team in the country, is coming to Manhattan on Saturday.

To many, the game against South Dakota should have been an easy win for the Wildcats. However, some fans seem to think that they overlooked the small Division I school.

“I found it kind of upsetting that they were beating us 24-12 at the half,” Anna Christianson, sophomore in mass communications, said. “I was actually afraid that they were going to lose, which was bad because going into the game I thought that they were going to crush them.”

That opinion was echoed by other students as well. Spencer Mclntire, senior in applied music, said, “I think we need to be cleaner as a team because we usually are, and I think we need to approach things as nothing is for sure and like it’s not guaranteed.”

That notion of needing to play cleaner comes after K-State received 13 penalties for a loss of 129 yards against South Dakota. Another area of concern comes from having two quarterbacks getting significant playing time.

Mclntire said he thinks “it will be interesting because they serve different functions, and it will be good long-term.”

Others believe that K-State needs to decide on one front-running quarterback. Ethan Chege, freshman in open option, said he doesn’t think it is going to help the Wildcats get a winning record and help with the chemistry on the team.

As the season progresses, a front-runner might emerge, but head coach Bill Snyder said he wants to remain fair and give it more time.

“As you could tell from the ball game, both of them did some good things and both of them made mistakes,” Snyder said. “Both of them are going to make a significant difference in the outcome of the season.”

In the coming weeks, it will be a matter of time for all of the kinks to get worked out. For now, K-State will host Mississippi State in a nationally televised ESPN game at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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Hi, I'm Molly Hackett and I graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in broadcast journalism in May 2020. When I worked for the Collegian, I had a variety of different jobs, including managing editor and sports editor. Additionally, I served a one year term on the Collegian Media Group Board of Directors. I also worked for KKSU-TV and appeared as an anchor on MHK All Day during my final semester at K-State. In my free time, I like to spend time with the people closest to me, travel, drink coffee and take naps.