KLEIN RE-WRITING ‘ALL' THE RECORD BOOKS

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Most didn't think K-State would win more than four or five football games this year because it was the Wildcats were iffy at quarterback. That was then, and this is now, and quarterback Collin Klein is chasing records … not just K-State or Big 12 standards, but all-time NCAA records.

First, Collin Klein picked off Jonathan Beasley's record of 17 rushing touchdowns for a K-State quarterback in a single season.

Next, he erased the record of 20 TDs in a single year by Wildcat Mack Herron in 1969.

Oh, in doing so, he also tied Jonathan Beasley's single-game record of five rushing scores in a single game when he tallied five times against Texas A&M.

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Well, Ricky Williams of Texas holds the Big 12 single season record with 27 six-point runs, and, Ricky Dobbs of Navy holds the all-time NCAA record for quarterbacks with 27 rushing scores in a single season.

Through 10 games in 2011, Kansas State's Collin Klein has rushed for 24 touchdowns with three games left to be played – at Texas, Iowa State and a postseason bowl game. That also leaves him three shy of Ricky Williams' all-time Big 12 record of 27 six-point runs in a single season.

"I think his fortitude and his genuine desire to continue to improve week in and week out. He really does take that seriously," said KSU coach Bill Snyder on what impresses him the most about his quarterback." He strives to be the very best that he can be and all the other things we have talked about in here so readily, so often – leadership, toughness, etcetera."

Already holding K-State's single season touchdown record, Klein has rushed for three or more TDs in five of the last six games. Last week's five ground scores against Texas A&M tied a school record for a single game.

Heck, his 24 six-point runs this year ranks seventh in school history for a career, and is one more than Michael Bishop rushed for in his two seasons as a starter in 1997 and 1998.

The 6-5, 235-pound junior has carried the ball 241 times this season, which is 52 more than any other Big 12 player and is third high nationally.

Oh, and now he's throwing the ball, as well, averaging 256 yards on 19.5 completions in the last two games, after averaging 124 yards on 11.2 completions in KSU's first eight games.

"I think putting him (Klein) in a position to do what he has done, the capacity to have some balance in our offense, which you are not as quite as predictable in terms of when you are going to throw it and when you are going to run it helps a great deal," said Snyder of Klein's new-found balance to the game. "We have had some fine performances from some of our receivers that have made some very, very fine catches as well. It is a collective thing. It is not Collin, it is everybody who is involved with it."

This year Klein has accounted for 85 percent of K-State's offensive touchdowns (34 of 40) and 69 percent of the team's run-pass yardage.

The Wildcats play at Texas on Saturday starting at 7.


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