Going back to their days as Tulsa Union teammates, Tracy Moore and Jeremy Smith have been the best of friends.
So when Smith endured the worst game of his career — 15 carries for 1 yard at West Virginia — Moore was there to offer some support.
“I took Jeremy home from the airport,” Moore said. “We had a long conversation. I even stopped at his house and went in and talked to him for a little while.”
Moore said the conversation steered focus away from Smith.
“It was a rough day for him and for all of us,” Moore said. “You can't put it all on one person. Nobody's perfect. Everybody has their bad games.
“You've just got to pick it up and work hard at practice to have a better game the next week.”
SEATON STRIKES WHEN LEAST EXPECTED
Entering the season, fullback Jeremy Seaton had two career receptions and one touchdown, with the score coming as a surprise against Purdue in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
At West Virginia, Seaton struck again. And the Mountaineers sure looked surprised, as he found himself wide open for a 30-yard scoring reception from J.W. Walsh.
Seaton entered the game in the trey formation, which is usually utilized on power rushing plays. This time, however, Seaton found a seam down the middle, made the catch — his second this season — and romped into the end zone.
“We ran a play right before that, and I actually got a little dazed,” Seaton said. “We went running back into formation and called it. I didn't really get to think about it that much before we executed. It just kind of happened.”
OSU defensive line coach and former K-State assistant Joe Bob Clements on the inquiries into the availability of tickets for Saturday's game:
“I have no tickets available. I have four kids and a wife, so those tickets got eaten up a long time ago. Yeah, I've got no seats available, especially for anybody who's going to be wearing purple.”
OPPONENT WATCH: KANSAS STATE
Kansas State employs two quarterbacks, with Jake Waters so far handling the bulk of the passing in the offense, while Daniel Sams ranks as the team's second-leading rusher.
Waters has been inconsistent in the Wildcats' 2-2 start, throwing more interceptions (5) than touchdowns (4).
For K-State coach Bill Snyder, the important thing is that the turnovers don't affect Waters' play.
“I think he is a competitor, and at the same time, I think he is one of those young guys that does not let it affect him,” Snyder said. “He is one of those guys that is ready to move on to the next snap, ready to move on to the next practice and ready to move on to the next game.
“It hurts him when it happens, but he understands that you have to play to the next snap. You have to get over it and get on with whatever it is that you are doing, and I think he understands how to do that.”
BY JOHN HELSLEY