November 3, 2008

Wildcats stunned by own performance

They stood stunned and wide-eyed outside the visiting locker room at Memorial Stadium. The most recent disastrous outing -- a 52-21 trouncing to Kansas -- was a nationally televised wreck few Kansas State players wanted to revisit. A 6 p.m. kickoff Saturday against No. 13 Missouri was a task too far away to fathom, placing the Wildcats at a curious juncture with only one certainty: Some serious soul searching undoubtedly consumed the Vanier Football Complex on Sunday.

"We're going to have to evaluate where we are as a team and come back and put together a run right here if we want to do what we came to do," said quarterback Josh Freeman, who completed a combined 55 of 88 passes for 685 yards and four touchdowns and six interceptions in the loss to the Jayhawks and a 58-35 loss to No. 4 Oklahoma the previous weekend.

Asked where the Wildcats were on the same page, Freeman replied, "It's tough to say, man. After the score, obviously not."

The collective state of mind among the squad that fell to 4-5 overall and 1-4 in the Big 12, became the prevalent theme as players exited the locker room following their third straight loss and the program's third straight loss to Kansas for the first time in 18 years.

"Going to Mizzou is going to be a tough one," Freeman, "but I think we'll come back, bounce back and be ready to play."

It could take an attitude adjustment, though.

"We're going to have a hard week of practice and need to get our attitudes right," wide receiver Brandon Banks said. "Our attitude is the big thing to get. We've got to put the past in the past. (Our attitude) is up and down. Some people believe. Some people, I don't think they do believe. It's up and down. It's a wave. If we could just get everybody on the same page and believe they can do it, we'll be all right."

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