KSU FOOTBALL … STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Let's break down the numbers. One-third of the 2012 Kansas State football year is in the books and the Wildcats are a perfect 4-0. K-State is winning the K-State way … without mistakes, being special on special teams and efficient on defense.

Kansas State: 4-0 overall, 1-0 in the Big 12, ranked No. 7 in the nation.

So how did the Wildcats reach such status? Here are some numbers that have equaled that 4-0 start.

0 – That's how many false starts K-State's offensive line has been flagged through 16 quarters of football. Remember, four of the five linemen – Cornelius Lucas, Cody Whitehair, Keenan Taylor and Tavon Rooks – are first-year starters.

The fifth is sophomore center B.J. Finney.

1 – That's how many holding calls have been flagged against the same offensive line.

3 – K-State has lost only three turnovers –two interceptions and one fumble – through four starts compared to eight – six fumbles and two interceptions – by the opponent.

3 – Adam Davis' three forced fumbles and three quarterback sacks lead the Big 12.

4-0 – This is Bill Snyder's 12th 4-0 start in his 21 seasons as coach of the Wildcats. The only other five times K-State has had such starts came prior to 1932.

5-of-6 – KSU's Anthony Cantele leads the Big 12 with 5-of-6 field goals.

6.5 – John Hubert is averaging 6.5 yards per carry helping him averaging 106.5 yards per game. The 6.5 yards is what Darren Sproles averaged per carry in 2003 to set the K-State record. His 106-yard rushing average ranks second in the Big 12 to Joseph Randle's 112 yards for Oklahoma State.

6.8 – That's how many yards K-State is averaging per play this year.

8 – The Wildcats have been flagged for only eight penalties for 66 yards in four starts. The opposition has been penalized 14 times for 120 yards. By comparison, O-State has been penalized 24 times for 252 yards.

12-of-22 – Against Miami and Oklahoma, the K-State defense held those two opponents to no more than five plays on 12 out of 22 total possessions. In the fourth quarter of those two games, the Hurricanes and Sooners combined for just 81 yards on 23 plays (3.5 yards).

13 – The ‘Cats have scored 13 rushing TDs compared to the opponent's three.

17.7 – That's how many yards per touch Tyler Lockett is averaging on rushes, receptions, punt returns and kickoff returns.

39.0 – Tyler Lockett is averaging 39.0 yards on his five kickoff returns. As a team K-State is averaging a league-high 30.2 yards on kickoff returns.

50.5 – Tramaine Thompson is averaging 50.5 yards on his two punt returns. It's team average of 36.2 yards is tops in the Big 12.

56 – KSU has converted third downs into first downs 56 percent of the time. That compares to 36 percent for the opposition.

65 – K-State is 13-of-20 (65 percent) in scoring touchdowns once in the Red Zone. The opposition is just 6-of-16 (38 percent).

70 – Collin Klein is hitting 70 percent of his passes. The K-State record for a single season is 65 percent by Carson Coffman in 2010.

84 – That's how many points K-State has scored in its collective fourth quarters. In the other three quarters combined the Wildcats have scored 78 points. KSU has out-pointed their four opponents 84-21 in the final stanza.

95.8 – KSU's rush defense of 95.8 yards ranks third in the Big 12.

242 – The ‘Cats are netting 242 rushing yards per game. That's third high in the league.

261 – Collin Klein is averaging 261.8 yards per game in rushing and throwing.

Add it all up and the Wildcats are 4-0 heading into next week's game against the University of Kansas. Kickoff time is 11:05 a.m. at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.


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