Manhattan Kansas State lives and dies by its special teams play.
But in a pivotal 16-6 loss to Colorado, there was little of the former and a lot more of the latter, leaving coach Bill Snyder searching for reasons behind missed extra points and field goals, botched punts and mental errors during punt coverage.
"It's been a major concern all year," Snyder said.
In the first quarter, Kyle Altvater left a 53-yard field goal short and a 27-yarder wide left. Jared Brite missed an extra point and two punters, Travis Brown and Mike Ronsick, combined for an average of 39.3 total yards on six tries.
Brown also missed a snap on the 30-yard line and was tackled for an 8-yard loss to set up a Colorado field goal early in the second half.
Aaron Lockett, who had three punt return touchdowns last season, had just six punt return yards on two tries. Kansas State had just 45 total return yards.
Colorado had 101 on four attempts. Roman Hollowell's 53-yard return with less than four minutes to go help put the game out of reach.
"We didn't give them a chance," said Colorado Coach Gary Barnett.
"We're pretty good in that area, too."
Those errors combined with the shock of two-straight losses, had Kansas State fans booing and the stadium quiet.
"I've never heard it like that," Kansas State running back Danny Morris said.