Beware Texas: Bill Snyder’s losing streaks end with a vengeance
Texas quarterback Jerrod Heard said all the right things earlier this week regarding a Kansas State team that sits at .500 and has started 0-3 in the Big 12.
Heard, of course, has first-hand knowledge of a team that got spanked one week and then bounced back with an improbable win the next. Texas did just that with its 24-17 win over Oklahoma following a 50-7 thumping at TCU.
Bill Snyder's Wildcats have endured crushing injuries, consecutive heartbreak losses to ranked teams Oklahoma State and those Horned Frogs, only to get run off its home field last week, a 55-0 spanking by the Oklahoma Sooners.
While Heard surely remembers the 23-0 skunking K-State put on the Longhorns last year as he minded the sidelines in a redshirt season, he might not know Snyder's remarkable history of turning his teams around after losing skids.
As Kellis Robinett of the Kansas City Star noted, the last time K-State dropped three in a row to fall to 2-4, Snyder's team rallied to win six of its last seven games. After losing three straight in 2003, the Wildcats won seven in row and captured the Big 12 title. And after losing four in a row in 2001, K-State ended up 7-4.
This year's team called a players-only meeting on Monday and carried an attitude into this week's practice, which didn't go unnoticed by Snyder.
“The biggest thing that allowed those [turnarounds in past seasons] to happen was young guys realizing that there was a reason for them to be confident if they did things that they had not done up to that point of time,” Snyder told Robinett. “When I say they, it is just not the players, but players, coaches — myself, in particular — we had taken some things for granted.
“Consequently, we got back to doing the things that we were capable of doing, and a big part of it was having meetings with players about how we practiced and not taking our practices for granted. The effort level stepped up, the focus stepped up and the discipline stepped up, as I recall. I think that had an impact.”