The best way to describe the offense is like if you were assigned a group project in school, and everyone pitched in and worked hard to get an A. But then on the day your group was going to present the project, the guy who was supposed to bring it up to school went Walter White on everyone and threw it on the roof like a pizza. So on that note, here are the grades.
I could talk about the stats, which aren't bad. Shimonek went 34/53 for 405 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. Like I said. Not bad. But none of that matters because the mistakes are too great to overlook. The single interception that was returned for a touchdown gave Kansas State the lead when there was a chance to go up by two scores. Also, what the *expletive deleted* was that last throw. There was no pressure (from the defense) and Cantrell was wide open, yet the ball sailed into the stratosphere, along with the season and probably Kingsbury's job.
Running backs :B+
Tre King is going to break Deandre Washington's rushing record. You heard it here first folks. King went 71 yards on 16 carries and recorded a touchdown. Stockton returned after being out with an injury and went 30 yards on 10 carries. If the offensive line can improve then King could be an unstoppable force in the coming years.
405 yards and 4 touchdowns is no joke. Keke Coutee was the leading receiver with 12 catches for 189 yards and two touchdowns. Dylan Cantrell and T.J. Vasher each had touchdowns as well. Vasher had some vital drops but he made up for them by bouncing back for a TD and an overall solid performance. This unit did everything they could to win this game and you can't ask for more than that.
Offensive line: C+
Kansas State sacked Shimonek once and recorded four tackles for a loss which is an improvement from last week. They were also more effective at creating holes for the backs than they had been before. There is still a lot of room for improvement but the o-line played about as well as expected.