On defense, linebacker Arthur Brown said, "That goal line stop really identified who we are as a defense. It was a great stand for our D.''
Coach Bill Snyder added of the final stand that prevented Miami from crossing the goal line on four tries from the 2-yard-line, "It showed a lot of courage for a football team, our defense. It shows that we really do have excellent coaches that got us in the right position. Our defensive staff did a nice job today. I think our youngsters played hard, played well, right spot at the right time, doing what they're supposed to be doing. It's part of the process."
On offense, quarterback Collin Klein had a career-high of 133 passing yards, and John Hubert an all-time game of 166 rushing yards. Package that with a productive offensive line and two of the Wildcats' scoring drives covered at least 80 yards.
"We'd love to have balance between a run and a pass and we're not there yet. It doesn't show up every ball game," said Snyder. "It kind of depends on what somebody may give you an opportunity to do and what you're capable of doing. We were fortunate that we had the opportunity to run the ball a little more than we would. Mixture is good."
That mixture of run and pass, offense and defense, propelled K-State to a 28-24 victory Saturday over the Miami Hurricanes.
A victory, one can argue, that ranks No. 1 in K-State history among non-conference regular season victories.
The victory was sweet for all in purple and white, but especially for KSU's No. 4 in linebacker Brown, who played for two seasons at Miami in 2008 and 2009.
"One of the last things that was said when I left Miami was I'll always be family,'' said Brown, "so it was great to come back and get to compete with so many guys I played with. I was just happy to have the opportunity to play, and that's what really drove me today.''
Brown finished his day with six tackles, which included one for negative yardage. Of Brown, Snyder said, "He plays as fast as you can play and that's in a position where you have to think a lot. To play fast, when you're trying to process things is not an easy task, and he does it well.''
It was a day that playmaker after playmaker emerged for the Wildcats.
On offense, there were Klein, Hubert, the o-line, plus Tyler Lockett and Travis Tanahill with TD catches.
Of his 133-yard passing game, 93-yard rushing game, Klein said of his three-TD performance, "I'm just so concentrated on getting better. Saturday's the test. I want to do better next Saturday than I did this Saturday. Our coaches will be pushing me and us towards that goal. And once again, I'm just very grateful that we were able to hang together as a team."
On his QB, wide receiver Brodrick Smith offered, "Just being on the field and in the huddle with Collin, just being right there watching him take the shots, Collin had a great game. I give him lots of props for coming back every hit. He still wanted it. He still wanted the ball. He didn't back down for anything."
Up and down the stat sheet K-State played winning football: 265 rushing yards and 133 more passing, converting 9 of 15 third-downs, which helped for a possession time of 33:23.
K-State will try to improve to 4-0 on Saturday in a 2:30 p.m. start at Bill Snyder Family Stadium against the explosive Baylor Bears. The game will be aired on ABC.