MANHATTAN — Back in September, with Kansas State's football season still in its early stages, Skylar Thompson and Alex Delton were locked in a months-long quarterback battle that was both highly contested and hotly debated.

But as the Wildcats limp to the finish line this week with in Ames, Iowa, for their regular-season closer against Iowa State, that same quarterback battle has turned into one of attrition.

Seldom in the past month has K-State coach Bill Snyder been able to call on both Thompson and Delton on the same day.

On Oct. 3, it was Delton who returned from injury when Thompson went down with an apparent concussion in the first quarter at TCU. He then guided the Wildcats to a 21-17 victory over Kansas the following week.

Last week, with K-State again needing to win in order to have a shot at bowl eligibility, Delton was on the sideline in sweats and it was Thompson's turn. The Wildcats survived, beating Texas Tech 21-6 in their home finale and improving to 5-6 overall, setting up another must-win situation Saturday.

Asked during his weekly press conference Tuesday if he anticipated having both quarterbacks available against the Cyclones, Snyder was noncommittal.

"It's only Tuesday," he said. "Our injury list is a day-to-day process.

"I can't tell you right now."

Snyder also was hard-pressed to quantify how often both Delton and Thompson have been good to go in the same game.

"Early in the season, obviously to a certain degree, (they were)," he said. "I don't have a number.

"I couldn't tell you exactly how many, but few and far between, it seems like."

For the second straight week, Snyder did not make players available to the media during Tuesday's interview session — "They've got better things to do," he said when asked for an explanation — but Delton did speak after the KU game and Thompson last Saturday following the victory over Texas Tech.

"I felt good," Thompson said after completing 17 of 26 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown against the Red Raiders. "My body's fresh.

"Having a week off to not practice and not being able to participate in anything, sitting in a dark room all week, it'll put things in perspective really quick. It made me kind of realize that I've taken a little bit of this season for granted, just not really appreciating this game as much as I have in the past."

Delton, who has not been at full strength since suffering an undisclosed injury late in the first half against Texas on Sept. 29, said following the KU game that he was determined to play when called upon.

"Matt (Thomason, director of sports medicine) and those guys do a great job with me," Delton said. "It's a part of the game.

"I just feel that's part of my role as the quarterback and leader."

So far, the Wildcats haven't had to turn to their third option, which now appears to be true freshman John Holcombe. And nobody on the team is questioning the mental or physical toughness of either Thompson or Delton.

"Skylar's a great football player that works extremely hard," senior Dalton Risner said of Thompson following the Texas Tech game. "He's a guy that, no matter what's going on with him, he takes a week off from an injury he's going to come back and be ready to go.

"Skylar truly cares about the guys on this team."

Snyder offered a similar opinion of Delton after the Wildcats held off KU.

"He's a young guy that genuinely cares; he's extremely competitive," Snyder said. "He's one of those guys that gets into every single snap."

Snyder added Tuesday that the weekly uncertainty regarding his quarterbacks' health somewhat has been mitigated by the fact that both quarterbacks are comfortable running the same offense.

"Does it create some issues? To a certain degree it does," he said of the week-to-week nature of the rotation. "But both of them have somewhat similar capabilities.

"Either one of them kind of fits into whatever the scheme might be. We don't have to change up the offense in order to accommodate which quarterback is on the field."