Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
Collin Klein had 245 yards in Kansas State's domination of Kansas, something he credited to the team's ability to respond to adversity and chemistry.
The Kansas State Wildcats rolled the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday, winning 56-16 while piling up 475 yards of offense. Collin Klein led the team, picking up 116 yards on 10 carries with two touchdowns, as well as passing for 129 yards and another two touchdowns. He offered some insight in the postgame press conference, including how the Wildcats managed a 35-2 domination in the second half after a slow start:
"As a player, you cannot get too up or too down when things are going good. You still have to keep plugging along when things are bad. It is the same thing; you have to get yourself out of the game to get back into the game. Obviously, there was some frustration because we knew that we left some plays out there and did some things that you cannot do."
He also credited the team with not folding and talked about how that would matter going forward:
"Every game has its own unique identity. It has its own things that you can take away and put in your pocket moving forward. We were just able to learn and take those tools and lessons for the week. We responded to adversity. We knew that they were going to come out and hit us in the mouth."
Kansas State managed to avoid penalties almost entirely, getting flagged once for five yards, but there were self-defeating mistakes in the first half. Klein spoke on route mixups and blocking issues:
"We made some errors that really hurt us. We knew they were going to come out and fight us, so you have to give them credit for how they prepared for us. But I was really proud of how we responded from some of the miscues in the first half."
Finally, Klein spoke on the Wildcats' team chemistry:
"We had a lot of guys up front that did a great job. We were playing together with discipline. We really just enjoy being around each other. It is just a fun, amazing family and when you have that, great things happen."
Kansas State, now 5-0, will face the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday.