Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein was rolling through his standard postgame interview answers following the win against Miami. The team needed to work on getting better. It was a collective effort. The offense left a couple of plays on the field. Improvement in several areas still stood to be made before next week against North Texas.
Then, I crashed the cliche-mobile as Klein looked at me to his left and rolled his eyes for a second or two. Collin…
“What happened on that backwards pitch play,” I asked. “What was that?”
“Maaannn…It’s….” Klein managed as his eyes retreated into his noggin nearly as far as the 19 backward yards the football traveled on the LOL-inducing play.
“People can’t hear you roll your eyes,” I said.
“It’s one of those things where, if it works, we’re skipping down the street,” Klein finally offered. “It was a sweet play. We just missed.”
And, to support the QB’s claim, after watching the replay several times (a couple to laugh, a couple more times to actually figure out what imploded), had Chris Harper caught the flip, he could have Klein-skipped all the way down Bill Snyder Highway to I-70 without being touched.
As for head coach Bill Snyder’s take upon being asked what that play was supposed to be:
“Just what it looked like, but it wasn’t supposed to look that way,” Snyder said in perfectly good doublespeak-ese. “That’s not our players’ fault. We ran a couple of plays in the red zone that took us out of scoring position, and put us in field goal position. That was certainly one of them.
“We’ve got to remember how we got [the football] down there.”