MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Joe DeForest, the embattled first-year defensive coordinator for West Virginia University's football program, found a seat in the team meeting room of the Puskar Center and was promptly swarmed by media.
DeForest couldn't conceal the despondency on his face, which was juxtaposed with the ballcap he donned that had the word "RELAX" on the front.
DeForest, whose defense has allowed 53 points per game in WVU's four-game introduction to Big 12 football, called Saturday night's 55-14 loss to Kansas State "unacceptable" and "embarrassing."
There's no silver lining here. DeForest is more accurate with his assessment than the new Heisman frontrunner, Collin Klein, was for No. 4 K-State here under the lights and in front of a national television audience.
Klein missed on two passes - 19-for-21 - and established a career high for passing yards (323).
He is the fifth opposing quarterback in seven games this season to enjoy a career high in passing yards against West Virginia.
Marshall's Rakeem Cato set career bests in completions (38), attempts (54) and passing yards (413) in the season opener. In the final non-conference tuneup, Maryland freshman Perry Hills completed 20-of-29 passes for 305 yards and three touchdowns against the Mountaineers - all single-game bests for him and numbers he hasn't approached since the Terrapins lost in Morgantown last month.
Baylor's Nick Florence went for a school-record 581 passing yards and five touchdowns. The past two weeks it has been Klein, who had his first career three-touchdown passing game, and Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege, who set career highs for yards (499) and touchdowns (six) in jump-starting WVU's two-game losing skid.
The dubious defense is doing a better job of stopping the once unstoppable Mountaineers offense, which has scored 21 points in its last 22 possessions.
K-State (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) scored on its first eight possessions Saturday night, starting with a field goal before reeling off seven touchdowns with relative ease. By the time WVU (5-2, 2-2) trailed 45-7, the Wildcats had more touchdowns (six) than the Mountaineers had first downs (five).
"We all were (pressing)," said second-year Coach Dana Holgorsen, who has the same record - 15-5 - as Bill Stewart through their first 20 games as WVU head coach. "We talked about it all week: don't get impatient, don't get impatient. You have the ball a couple times and you look up there and you're down 17 points and you start pressing.
"We were trying to score 14 points in one play and that's not very good offensive football."
West Virginia had 243 yards of total offense, 109 of which came in the fourth quarter with Klein and other K-State first-teamers resting comfortably on the sidelines.