MANHATTAN, Kan. -- BJ Finney understands the difficulty in putting a positive spin on a five-loss season at a place such as Kansas State, which has come to know mostly success under Bill Snyder.
"The motivation of having this season after going 10-3 and 11-2 and to just turn around and have a five-loss season, that's hard to swallow," the veteran center said. "The motivation is there to keep working and make sure this program gets better."
Indeed, Finney couldn't have imagined starting out the season any worse.
Not only was there the loss to lower-level North Dakota State on the Wildcats' home turf, there were the three straight losses to start conference play. That left Kansas State with a 2-4 record and the possibility of playing in a bowl game slipping away.
But if nothing else, the Wildcats showed the kind of resilience Snyder has always appreciated. They didn't dwell on their disappointments, nor did they waste time thinking of what might...