MANHATTAN — Adam Holtorf is well aware of what's at stake and he knows there is no time to spare.

A final nonconference matchup against Texas-San Antonio that should have been little more than a tune-up for Kansas State, suddenly carries an added burden.

"There's no waiting around," Holtorf, K-State's junior center, said of today's 3 p.m. game against the Roadrunners at Snyder Family Stadium. "It has to happen now and there's a sense of urgency in practice."

Thanks to a tepid showing the first two weeks, with a narrow 27-24 escape against South Dakota and a 31-10 smackdown last Saturday at the hands of Mississippi State, the Wildcats find themselves under the gun. No. 14-ranked West Virginia awaits in a Big 12 road opener next week and there's work to be done.

"It's just that we're up against it," said backup quarterback Alex Delton. "We haven't clicked how we'd like to, so we've got to bounce back.

"That's all we can do. We can be upset at ourselves, but we can't let it affect Week 3."

That's especially true for an underachieving offense that has scored just two touchdowns in two games, none in the first half. The Wildcats currently rank 113th out of 129 FBS teams in total offense with 310 yards per game and 115th in scoring.

"Everybody knows that we need to get things corrected and it needs to be corrected yesterday," Holtorf said. "We're trying to get better every way we can every day."

But senior right tackle Dalton Risner cautioned practice alone won't fix what is ailing the offense.

"We got after it last week in practice. We got after it the week of South Dakota in practice," he said. "We've got to take it onto the field.

"We can have a great week of practice this week, but we've got to be able to translate that onto the field this Saturday and execute better. This week's a true test to see if guys are going to put their heads down and give up or guys are going to continue to work."

UTSA could prove to be the right opponent at the right time. The Roadrunners (0-2) rank 115th nationally in total defense, allowing nearly 500 yards and 43 points a game. They opened with a 49-7 loss at Arizona State and fell 37-20 last week to Baylor.

"From a defensive standpoint, they don't have good numbers," K-State coach Bill Snyder said. "People are completing 70 percent (66.2) of their passes against them, and I think they gave up right around 500 yards per ballgame.

"But once again, they played two pretty good offensive football teams in Arizona State and Baylor."

K-State's defense hasn't been stellar either, ranking 101st overall after allowing 538 yards against Mississippi State, including 384 on the ground.

"We're pretty anxious (to get back on the field)," said junior defensive tackle Joe Davies. "We're coming out with a chip on our shoulder, ready to play, ready to redeem ourselves from that one and prove that we can still handle the run."

The Wildcats were did fine against the run in the South Dakota game, allowing just 77 yards, but gave up 257 through the air.

UTSA has managed just 50 yards a game on the ground. Running back B.J. Daniels is averaging 57 yards, but the rest of the team is a collective minus-7.

Quarterback Cordale Grundy has completed 51.5 percent of his passes with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Quarterback Skylar Thompson, now entrenched as the starter, compared the Mississippi State game to a similar loss last year to Vanderbilt in the postgame locker room Saturday. The Wildcats followed that up with a conference victory over Baylor, but then dropped three straight to fall to 3-4 overall.

"We felt like the whole season was coming to an end after we lost and I was telling those guys we can't allow that to happen," Thompson said. "It's a game we lost. We didn't play very well, but at the same time we can still accomplish so much.

"The season's not over."