If preparing for its fourth consecutive game as an underdog wasn’t enough to fire up the Kansas State football team heading into Saturday’s game at Texas Tech, the 17th-ranked Wildcats can always think back to last year’s frustrating trip to the Pinstripe Bowl for motivation.
More than anything, that’s what wide receiver Chris Harper uses to drive him in practices these days.
“Last year we were 4-0 and we lost and things went downhill from there,” Harper said. “We did it before, barely making it to a bowl game, and not a great one at that. I don’t think guys want to let that happen again.”
A year ago, K-State started the season hot with wins over UCLA, Missouri State, Iowa State and Central Florida. The Wildcats were close to breaking into the top 25, but then came a lopsided loss to Nebraska. They didn’t win consecutive games the rest of the way, and ended the season at 7-6 with a loss at chilly Yankee Stadium in the Pinstripe Bowl.