Trickett the ticket for WVU as K-State takes on the Mountaineers Saturday
By ARNE GREEN
Special to The Telegram
The Kansas State Wildcats are still sorting through their two-quarterback system on offense, trying to find a winning combination.
West Virginia, which visits Snyder Family Stadium at 2:45 p.m. Saturday, has used three different starters but finally appears to have a winner in its quarterback sweepstakes.
Junior Clint Trickett, a Florida State transfer, has started the last three games and went the distance in last Saturday's 37-27 home loss to No. 15-ranked Texas Tech.
"It looks like they may have settled on the quarterback that they want," K-State coach Bill Snyder said Monday morning during the weekly Big 12 teleconference. "That maybe gives that quarterback an opportunity to throw a bit more.
"I think this last week, where they invested themselves in the running game and were very successful against a good run defense for Texas Tech increased the balance in their offense."
Trickett completed 27-of-43 passes for 254 yards and a touchdown against Texas Tech without an interception. He came in completing just 41.2 percent of his throws with two touchdowns and three picks.
"I do think he played his best game," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said of Trickett, who had split time with junior Paul Millard — the backup to Geno Smith the past two seasons — and redshirt freshman Ford Childress. "(It wasn't) a winner performance, but he played his best football up to this point.
"He's healthy and will be able to rep Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, which is the first time he's been able to do that in quite some time. So we'll give him the majority of the reps and continue to try to get him better."
The loss to Tech dropped the Mountaineers to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the Big 12.
No quick fixes
K-State (2-4, 0-3) is coming off its second open date in less than a month and Snyder said that, much as with the previous bye week, the Wildcats' focus remained on fixing lingering mistakes.
"I would like to think that we've given a significant amount of time trying to correct mistakes that we've made and enough focus on it to be able to make it continued corrections," Snyder said. "By that I mean that they're sustained.
"An off week gives you the time and the opportunity to do that."
The Wildcats also had a lighter schedule during the bye week, including an entire weekend off before delving into game week.
"Up to this point in time they have responded well," Snyder said.
KU, KSU share time slot
Kansas and Kansas State will be competing for television viewers on Nov. 2 when they both kick off at 2:30 p.m.
The Big 12 announced Monday that K-State's home game against Iowa State will be televised by Fox Sports 1. KU's game at Texas will have a more limited audience on the Jayhawk Television Network and the Longhorn Network.
KU will play host to Baylor at 6 p.m. this Saturday on ESPNU, while K-State's 2:45 p.m. kickoff is slated for Fox Sports 1.
The other Nov. 2 kickoffs and TV assignments feature West Virginia at TCU, also 2:30 p.m., on ESPNU, with Oklahoma State at Texas Tech set for 6 p.m. on Fox.