Justin K. Aller
Dana Holgorsen stated after the game that his starting quarterback, Geno Smith, tried to force it against Kansas State.
The Kansas St. Wildcats went on the road in Week 8 of the college football season and blew the doors off West Virginia, winning 55-14. The Wildcats not only poured it on with Collin Klein, but Bill Snyder's defense also severely limited and disrupted Mountaineer quarterback Geno Smith. WVU has one of the most high-octane offenses in the country, but they have taken it on the chin two weeks in a row.
Smith was once considered a frontrunner for the Heisman after his huge start to the season. He racked up gaudy numbers on a weekly basis then, but the Wildcats likely dashed any hopes of his shot at the postseason award. West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen was asked after the game if Smith was trying to force it, working to get the Mountaineers back in it after falling into an early hole. Holgorsen pretty directly stated that Smith tried to press and force things, exacerbating the blowout (via KStateSports):
"He was, and we all were. We talked about it all week. ‘Don't get impatient. Don't get impatient.' You have the ball a couple of times and you look up there and you're down 17 points. You start pressing. It's inevitable. We were trying to score 14 points in one play. That is just not very good offensive football. You can't have that mindset."
The Wildcats will now return home as the No. 4 team in country, hosting Texas Tech in a crucial game in Manhattan, Kan. The Red Raiders are No. 15 in the country and coming off two big wins over ranked opponents. The Wildcat defense will once again try to pressure a prolific passer into making mistakes, with Seth Doege coming off a seven-touchdown performance.