THE THRILLER IN STILLWATER

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Time and time again K-State looked to be out of the contest to the No. 3 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys, but time and time again the Wildcats came back in what coach Bill Snyder would call another "crazy" game to the season. This one didn't end until the final snap of the game … an incomplete pass in the end zone leaving the Cowboys unbeaten and the Wildcats at 7-2.

Blistered by the Oklahoma Sooners a week earlier, Kansas State showed the Big 12, if not the nation, that it can still compete with the best on Saturday in a 52-45 loss at Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla.

The 45 points scored by K-State are the most in a losing cause in school history.

While there were pluses aplenty to K-State's game, in the end coach Bill Snyder was left to say, "We gave away two touchdowns at the very outset of the ball game, but I was very proud of our football team because it was a replica of last week's ball game with the exception of the fact that we came back and played a little bit better in the second half.

"By and large, we beat ourselves, and good football teams don't do that. I think we're a good football team, we just haven't proven that in circumstances such as what we had tonight and what we had last week as well," said the Wildcat coach "The fact that they played hard throughout, I'm proud of them, but we just have a lot to learn."

Asked how this narrow loss compared to the 58-17 pounding by the Sooners seven days earlier, Snyder said, "That remains to be seen. Sometimes if you get beat, it's probably good if they beat the tar out of you. This will be painful. More so? I don't know. You'll have to ask each one of them."

What Oklahoma State learned is that Collin Klein can play, and that Tyler Lockett is loaded with talent. Klein rushed for 144 yards and three scores, while passing for a career-high of 231 yards and a touchdown.

"He's kind of like what we said all along: he's tough-willed, tough-minded, physically tough, disciplined, an extremely fine football player and person," said Snyder.

Of his own play, Klein said, "We did some good things, but I also made some mistakes that we can't afford to have in critical field position situations. We hung tough, and fought together through the whole game, but ultimately we just came up short."

On the other side of the field OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young said of Klein's talents: "He is an unbelievable player and had a tremendous ball game. We knew he was a great runner but didn't know he could throw that well."

Lockett enjoyed his career game by rushing for 84 yards, which included a 57-yard gallop, plus caught three passes for 55 yards, and returned six kickoffs for a total of 193 yards, which included an 80-yarder late in the game.

"I think we showed the nation that you can't just look down on us. This game showed that you can't look ahead when you play us," said Lockett. "I think we'll be OK. I think it was another learning experience. New stuff happened, and we just have to get it right in practice again.

"Looking back at this game, it shows how far we have come from playing Oklahoma," added Lockett. "I feel like we'll come into this week even harder, and just get ready to play Texas A&M."

6 AMAZING NUMBERS

• There were 97 points scored and 1,082 yards gained in the game.
• K-State averaged 5.6 yards per play (90); O-State averaged 9.1 yards per play (63).
• There were 1,065 yards in kickoff returns between the teams.
• K-State had the ball for 40:49 to O-State's 19:11.
• K-State out-rushed O-State 276-73 with 51 rushing attempts to 17 for the Cowboys.
• O-State passed the ball for 502 yards, which is only three yards less than OU passed for one week ago. The two Okie teams passed for a total of nine touchdowns against K-State.

"I'm looking at a sheet here that says (OSU gained) 502 yards pass offense, so obviously there are some issues there," said Snyder. "We have to get it corrected. We just have to be better than that against pass."

Saturday's game with Texas A&M will have a 2:30 start on ABC.


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