MANHATTAN, Kan. — Tommy Tuberville remembers having a conversation with Bill Snyder shortly after the longtime Kansas State coach had returned to the sideline from a brief retirement.
Tuberville was working as a broadcaster at the time, and remembers Snyder telling him how much work had to be done with the Wildcats to get the program back where he wanted it.
“He decided to get out, and then hated to see how the program was going and decided to go back and take it over again,” said Tuberville, now the coach of Texas Tech. “I’m proud for him and his family. Him wanting to get back in it, and going through the grind again.”
Well, the program is just about back to where Snyder wanted it these days, and little could Tuberville have known that his 15th-ranked Red Raiders could present the biggest hurdle to the No. 4 Wildcats’ perfect regular season today.
“They’ve done a heck of a job. They go a different approach than a lot of other teams, but everything that they do is sound,” Tuberville said. “I’ve learned a lot from him watching how they coach, how they prepare, and they’re not going to be fancy. They go out and try to make mistakes happen and capitalize on them, and that’s football.”
Certainly there is no better example of “not going to be fancy” than Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, who has thrust himself to the forefront of the Heisman Trophy race.
Klein’s coming off the finest performance of his career in one of the most dominant showings in school history. He was 19 of 21 for 323 yards and three touchdowns through the air, and had 41 yards and four TDs on the ground, in a 55-14 whitewashing of then-No. 17 West Virginia.
“We have a lot of weapons,” Klein said, as usual deflecting the attention from himself. “It helps everybody when you have a lot of guys that are able to contribute and make those plays.”