Kansas State's Daniel Sams earns praise after subbing for Collin Klein

Ed Zurga

After quarterback Collin Klein left Kansas State's game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys with an undisclosed injury, backup Daniel Sams kept the Wildcats steady.

Backup quarterback Daniel Sams didn't do anything to jeopardize the Kansas State Wildcats' chances of beating Oklahoma State on Saturday following the exit of starter Collin Klein. Sams completed 5-of-6 passes for 45 yards and rushed seven times for 20 yards after Klein left the game in the third quarter of what would become a 44-30 victory.

Offensive lineman B.J. Finney praised the freshman from Slidell, La., per the team's postgame transcript:

"Daniel did a great job," Finney said. "He stepped right in and he knew what he needed to do. He was calling plays and checks, which were great checks. They were the same that Collin would have made. We just had to execute better up front in order to give him yardage and time."

Head coach Bill Snyder was a little more frank. He liked that Sams didn't make any large-scale mistake to hurt the Wildcats, but added that he missed an open receiver downfield. Snyder also said that Sams still is learning how to manage the game clock. The freshman ran out of bounds toward the end of the game when Kansas State was trying to milk time off of the clock.

The school has been quiet about Klein's injury, though some speculate that he suffered a concussion.

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