Kansas State Football: 3 takeaways from win over TCU in Week 6

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3. Skylar Thompson is needed in the passing game

For lack of a better term, Will Howard struggled as the replacement of Skylar Thompson. Both quarterbacks have very similar skill sets with their mobility, but Thompson proved to be the more efficient passer.

Howard threw 19 passes with only eight completions in the process. He was able to record 119 yards in the air with one interception. His 86 yards rushing and one touchdown led the team and made the difference in the game.

Not many fans can deny the running abilities of Howard and the spark he provided for the running game. Running back Deuce Vaughn is typically the workhorse for the running game, but his 43 yards kept him in check. Howard did get an 80-yard run that contributed to the major of the Kansas State running game.

Howard never got into a rhythm throwing the ball and had to rely too much on his legs. The one interception he threw in the game was right to the defender with no receivers in the area of the ball.

If Kansas State wants to make a run for a Big 12 title, they will need Thompson to recover and return to the lineup. Howard might be able to be used in special formations throughout the season, but Thompson is needed for his passing abilities.