Kansas State MAKES HISTORY WITH YET ANOTHER WIN OVER RANKED TEAM
Kansas State took a punch to the gut to fall behind 7-0, and then an upper-cup to trail 10-3, but the No. 4/3 Wildcats bounced off the ropes to score 24 unanswered points, and win the game over No. 17/15 Texas Tech, 55-24, Saturday on Homecoming Day.
The win upped K-State's record to 8-0 for only the third such start to a season in the Bill Snyder era, and the victory was an unprecedented fourth in a single year for a Wildcat team against a team ranked in the Top 25. (Read on).
To all the fervor to this 2012 season, with Saturday's win being the latest buzz, K-State coach Bill Snyder said, "You look around the country and they make more out of college football than the Presidential election. All of that shuts down on Saturday and it's just football. The world gets caught off in it.
"I'm proud up to this point in time how we've handled everything, but you never know about tomorrow," said Snyder. "We need to go back to work, to work. There's an understanding that we have to work. It's not easy. It gets harder and harder. We've done well, but it's from this day on that will define us collectively."
The Wildcats set a record for most points ever scored in consecutive Big 6/7/8/12 games with 110 – 55 vs. West Virginia, 55 vs. Texas Tech – and it marked the first time since the 1998 season that the guys in Purple went over 50 points in five different games – 51 vs. Missouri State, 52 vs. Miami, 56 vs. Kansas, 55 vs. West Virginia, 55 vs. Texas Tech.
In 1998, it was six trips over 50 points – three over 50, twice over 60 and once over 70.
It was yet again a story of K-State's diversified offense picking apart a highly-touted defense.
• K-State totaled 426 yards against a team that had led the Big 12 giving up just 282 yards. • K-State scored 55 points against a team that had allowed just 21.6 this year.
• K-State had four rushing TDs against a team that had allowed just five through the first seven games of the season.
• K-State rushed for 193 yards against a team that had been allowing just 111 per game.
• Collin Klein passed for 233 yards with a 69 percent completion rate against a team that had been allowing only 171 yards per game with a 54 percent completion rate.
It was yet again a story of K-State's defense silencing a high-falutin' offense and a snazzy quarterback.
• K-State held Tech to 24 points, or 19 below its season average. • K-State held Tech to 442 yards, or 76 below its season average.
• K-State held Tech's Seth Doege to 331 yards and two touchdowns (a chunk of yards and one TD came against KSU's reserves). He entered the game averaging 315 yards and with 28 touchdowns in seven games.
• K-State forced three turnovers that resulted in 17 points.
Whether offense, defense, or special teams, Snyder said afterward, "We've played well across the board. If you have success you need all three facets in the game. If we play well across the board, we have a chance. It's all allowed us to get where we are today."
STAT OF THE SEASON:
The victory was an unprecedented fourth in a single-season against a team ranked in the Top 25 in the nation.
The only other years where the ‘Cats won three games against ranked teams was in 1998 over No. 14 Colorado, No. 11 Nebraska and No. 19 Missouri, and, in 1995 over No. 25 Colorado State, No. 25 Oklahoma and No. 6 Kansas.
In the 2003 Big 12 championship season, K-State was 2-2 with wins over No. 18 Nebraska and No. 1 Oklahoma, but losses to No. 13 Texas and No. 7 Ohio State.
THE KLEIN REPORT:
After a first quarter of three carries for minus-five yards and 4-of-7 passing for 20 yards, Klein became the leading Heisman Trophy candidate that he is finishing the game with 83 rushing yards and two scores – 16 and 22 yards – and 233 passing yards with two scores – 21 yards to Thompson and 7 yards to Pease.
Klein has now rushed for 49 all-time touchdowns as he continues to up his own KSU record, plus not ranks sixth in Big 12 history with those ground-scores.
Klein has now rushed for 2,199 yard,s seventh high in KSU history, while his passing yards of 3,713 ranks 10th.