Chapman's three picks leads way on defense

MANHATTAN, Kan. - There was some good and bad coming out of Saturday's 44-30 victory over Oklahoma State. The good was K-State improved to 9-0 and continues to be the team to beat in the Big 12 with a perfect 6-0 record. The bad is that Collin Klein suffered a wrist/hand injury.

They call him "Bubba" and after Saturday night, it's Mr. Allen "Bubba" Chapman.

The Wildcat cornerback scored a trifecta of three pass interceptions to play a starring role in Kansas State's 44-30 victory over Oklahoma State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Kansas State enjoyed a turnover feast as Nigel Malone added a pass interception and Ty Zimmerman a recovered fumble with the five take-aways leading to 21 Wildcat points.

"Allen made some tremendous plays. I'm proud of the way he played for the most part," said K-State coach Bill Snyder. "His enthusiasm to duplicate some of those plays got him into a pickle at other times, but the turnovers came at an appropriate time … dramatic times."

• 2nd quarter – Ty Zimmerman recovered a fumble that led to a John Hubert 5-yard touchdown.

• 2nd quarter – Allen Chapman returned an interception 29 yards for a touchdown

• 2nd quarter – Chapman intercepted pass

• 3rd quarter – Nigel Malone intercepted a pass that led to a Collin Klein 1-yard TD.

• 4th quarter – Chapman intercepts a pass in the end zone with 2:06 remaining.

"I'm a firm believer that mistakes make a large difference to your success. We work diligently to protect the football as well as we possibly can," said Snyder. "Getting turnovers is about being in the right position at the right time, and playing the schemes the way they're coached.

"It can be attacking the thrown ball, and playing an aggressive and physical game, which can force the ball being put on the ground," said Snyder.

Chapman's three picks was within one of the K-State single-game record set by Jaime Mendez in 1992 with four against Temple. Others with three interceptions in one game are Chris Canty, Robert Easterwood, C.J. Masters and Lyle Koontz.

The Wildcat turnover margin is now plus-20 in nine games this season, and in Big 12 play, its plus-18 – 19 take-aways and one lost fumble on a punt return.

Kansas State has not had an offensive turnover in the six Big 12 games.

That includes 251 rushing attempts and 137 passing attempts.

Only a sophomore, Tyler Lockett now has four career kickoff returns for touchdowns, which includes a 100-yarder against Oklahoma State and a 96-yarder earlier this year against North Texas, plus a 100-yarder against Texas Tech and a 97-yard return against Kansas in 2011.

"Before I went out there I was praying in my head, ‘Give me an opportunity, give me an opportunity,' and I was lucky I had an opportunity and then the other 10 players did their part, which included Tramaine (Thompson) leading me into the end zone."

Only Branden Banks has more career kickoff returns for scores in Big 12 history with five, while Lockett now has four.

Here's a list of 100-yard returns for touchdowns in KSU history: Mack Herron, OU, 1968; William Powell vs. Baylor in 2010 Tyler Lockett vs. Texas Tech in 2011; Lockett vs. Oklahoma State in 2012.

With his returns – two for 127 yards on kickoffs and 0 on one return on punts, plus his pass catches – five for 75 yards, Lockett averaged 25-yards per touching of the football.

Collin Klein played just two-and-a-half quarters due to an injured wrist. Snyder admitted that it was an injury that took Klein out of the game, but would not go further with an explanation.

Asked if Klein could have come back in the game, he said, "That wouldn't have been the right thing to do." Klein's game included 16-of-22 passing for 245 yards, plus rushing for 64 yards and one touchdown.

Klein now has 3,958 passing yards to rank 10th in KSU history and 2,263 rushing yards to rank 11th.

Daniel Sam's relieved Klein, plus Angelo Pease took snaps out of the "Wildcat" set in the final 22-plus minutes of the game. Same rushed for 20 yards and completed 5-of-6 passes for 45 yards, plus Angelo Pease rushed for the majority of his 72 yards out of a "Wildcat" formation late in the game.

"I just followed my blocks," said Pease. "I give full credit to my o-line."

The Wildcats continue to lead the nation in scoring non-offensive touchdowns.

K-State upped its count to 87 since 1999 with Tyler Lockett's 100-yard kickoff return, and, Allen Chapman's 29-yard interception. The ‘Cats have scored seven non-offensive touchdowns this year.

Next on the list are Texas with 84 and Virginia Tech with 83.

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