Injuries have K-State unsettled at QB, but WVU sees tough test
MORGANTOWN — In Kansas State, head coach Dana Holgorsen and the West Virginia Mountaineers have found a familiar challenge.
The K-State Wildcats (5-4, 3-3 Big 12) are led by head coach Bill Snyder for the 26th season and despite struggling in October, Holgorsen believes Saturday will be another big test for his team.
WVU (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) visits K-State at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Manhattan, Kansas.
“They’re just a very disciplined team, great with turnover margin, great with penalties, play mistake-free football, give relentless effort the entire game, doesn’t matter if they’re up or if they’re down, doesn’t matter what their record is or who they’re playing,” Holgorsen said.
“The same type stuff I said last week in preparation for Iowa State is the same thing we need to be aware of when it comes to Kansas State. You’ve heard me talk about it for six straight years now about my respect for Bill Snyder and admiration for what he’s built in Manhattan.”
An uncertainty surrounding this game, however, is the K-State quarterback situation. Early-season starter Jesse Ertz was sidelined in the Wildcats’ 40-34 overtime loss at Texas because of a knee injury late in the game.
Backup Alex Delton led the Wildcats through brutal backto-back games against Oklahoma and TCU before picking up a win at Kansas.
Last week against Texas Tech, Delton took a helmet-to-helmet hit late in the first half and freshman Skylar Thompson filled in, but the Wildcats remained run-heavy in the second half against the Red Raiders to pick up their fifth win.
Snyder has not said whether Ertz would be healthy enough to play against the Mountaineers, but rumors have been swirling around Manhattan for the past couple of weeks about his return.
“It doesn’t matter who their quarterback is,” Holgorsen said. “If Ertz is not playing, then it’s a shame because it’s a fifth-year senior quarterback and you hate that for anybody that is in that situation. They replaced him with Delton, who is extremely capable and kept getting better and better and better.
“They replaced him with this freshman Thompson, who, in the four quarters that I studied more than anything, the kid kept getting better and better and better and led his team back from being down at Texas Tech, to scoring 28 points and winning in overtime.
“All three are really good and really capable of running the offense that they want to be able to run, and that includes running the quarterback.”
WVU (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) at KANSAS STATE (5-4, 3-2 Big 12)
When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, Kan.
Radio: WWQB 102.3-FM
“They’re just a very disciplined team ... play mistake-free football, give relentless effort.”
WVU football head coach