November 9, 2007

Captains ask Wildcats to fight back

They met late after the loss at Iowa State and convened again on Sunday, the Kansas State captains, who carried much on the minds and much on their plates. It was heart-to-heart, gut-check time and they took turns emptying themselves of their frustrations and concerns. As the Wildcats travel to Nebraska, quarterback Josh Freeman bellows the goal of a team searching for answers with three games to go and bowl hopes still alive.

"We just need a win," he said. "I don't care who we're playing. I don't think anyone does. We just need to get a win. Win the rest of our games. No personal goals, just go out and win."

The parameters were clear. Ian Campbell and Justin Roland would take care of righting a defense that has surrendered 30 points in three Big 12 losses. Freeman and Jordy Nelson would rally an offense that averaged a Big 12-leading 40.4 points in league games before it posted only 20 against the Cyclones.

"(Freeman) wasn't happy with how things went and I wasn't either," Campbell said. "We're pretty stubborn guys. We sat down and all talked about some things we want to fix on our own. Rolo and myself are most vocal. Josh speaks a little more than Jordy, but whenever Jordy speaks, everyone listens, that's for sure."

Postgame anger turned into determination.

"It was more a time of figuring things out," Campbell said. "Obviously, I was mad but I've been playing this game for a while now and when you see things going on out there you're mad about what's happening. But it's more about what we can do to fix it. Being mad doesn't get you anywhere.

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