When you haven’t played in a live game in more than a month and you are running around on a strange field in front of a big crowd, executing the same way you did on a weekly basis during the regular season isn’t easy.
It takes time to shake off the rust from a long layoff and feel comfortable in a postseason setting.
Such was the case last year for Kansas State receivers. They never looked comfortable during the Cotton Bowl. Dropped passes held the Wildcats back all night.
Collin Klein connected on passes with eight different players and threw for 173 yards against Arkansas, with Sheldon Smith leading the way. He caught five balls for 50 yards. Tramaine Thompson was next with three catches for 57 yards. Current No. 1 receiver Chris Harper was quiet, grabbing one pass for 11 yards.