MANHATTAN, Kan. — A disappointing season opener has Chris Klieman's Kansas State Wildcats searching for answers, not excuses.
"We have to make plays,” K-State’s second year head coach said Saturday following the 35-31 loss at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. “I know there's some receivers that aren't out there. But the guys that are out there, we have to make plays and we had a couple of opportunities to make big plays and we didn't."
Both teams played without many key starters due to COVID-19 concerns, according to multiple reports.
Arkansas State Head Coach Blake Anderson said he felt like the matchups were in his team's favor. A-State gained 489 yards of total offense against KSU, en route to the program’s first victory over a Power 5 team since 2008.
Klieman said the end result was not the outcome K-State wanted, and that they "didn't play particularly well."
“We can’t make excuses,” Klieman said.
Kansas State has an off week before facing the Oklahoma Sooners on Sept. 26.