NORMAN, Okla. (TNS) — The list of positives for Kansas State following Saturday's lopsided loss to Oklahoma is short.
One thing head coach Bill Snyder includes on that list is the return of starting placekicker Blake Lynch. A third-year sophomore from Goddard, Lynch missed three games — Texas, Baylor and Oklahoma State — before taking the field Saturday.
Lynch didn't attempt a field goal, but nailed both extra points he kicked.
"I was pleased for him," Snyder said. "He hadn't been able to kick much. I think he kicked 10 extra points a day."
Even if K-State elected to kick a field goal Saturday, Snyder said Lynch likely wouldn't have attempted a lengthy one, saying Lynch's "range was very limited." Despite the Wildcats' 3-5 overall record, and 1-4 mark in the Big 12, Snyder said he can't say enough good things about Lynch, who has made 9 of his 11 field goals this fall in his first season as the starter.
"He's a neat young guy," Snyder said. "He's a great worker. He's one of those guys who will compete every opportunity he gets."
Delton not 'where he needs to be'
Alex Delton entered Saturday in a similar position to Lynch. Delton, a fourth-year junior quarterback, missed K-State's contests against Baylor and Oklahoma because of injury.
Like Lynch, he dressed out, with his pads and jersey on. Unlike Lynch, he didn't take the field.
Even if starting quarterback Skylar Thompson went down with an injury against the Sooners, Snyder said Delton wouldn't have left the sideline.
"I didn't want to put him at risk for (further) injury," Snyder said of Delton. "He's not totally where he needs to be."
A Hays native, Delton appeared in the first five games of the season for K-State, including a start against Texas on Sept. 29. Delton has completed 47.4 percent (18-for-38) of his passing attempts this season for 273 yards and a touchdown against two interceptions. He's also rushed 46 times for 143 yards.