Kansas State will lose to Texas if its key players perform like they did against Baylor.
While an athlete can’t single-handedly lose a game, a handful can. Here are three Wildcats who played poorly in their loss to the Bears and must improve for them to finish the regular season strong against the Longhorns.
3. Tyler Lockett
Lockett is K-State’s second-most productive receiver. It was difficult to tell against Baylor, though.
He reeled in just two receptions for 23 yards. The previous week in a 23-10 victory over TCU, he also caught only two balls. Is it just coincidence that the Wildcats’ two lowest-scoring efforts came in those games?
I think not.
Lockett must get more involved against Texas. Chris Harper recorded 11 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown at Baylor, but obviously that wasn’t enough. Klein needs a wideout to step up opposite of Harper.
2. Jarard Milo
Almost everyone on Kansas State’s stop unit struggled against the Bears. Milo sticks out, though.
The starting strong safety is second on the team in tackles, only behind middle linebacker Arthur Brown. Brown put forth a solid effort finishing with nine solo tackles as well as two more assisted. Milo, on the other hand, failed to help halt the Bears’ rushing attack.
They racked up 342 yards and five touchdowns on the ground at 7.0 yards a pop. Despite their large amount of rushing attempts, Milo recorded just six total tackles. That’s pitiful.
Again, while one can’t blame Milo for that entire stampede, he definitely played a major role in allowing it.
1. Collin Klein
Klein got his numbers against Baylor. He accounted for over 300 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns. But his three interceptions and inability to get it going on the ground cost the Wildcats.
He finished the evening with his second-lowest completion percentage of his campaign, connecting with his intended receiver on just 27-of-50 pass attempts. Running the ball, he gained just 2.3 yards per rush. Neither of those numbers will get the job done against talented teams like the Bears and Longhorns.
If Klein plans on playing his final K-State game in a BCS bowl, then he has to bounce back more than anyone else and resemble his former Heisman Trophy candidate-self.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.