In the aftermath of Kansas State's 24-19 win over Oklahoma Saturday night, Wildcat fans were singing the praises of quarterback Collin Klein. SB Nation K-State blog Bring on the Cats even invoked the "H" word:
Collin Klein's numbers weren't spectacular, but as usual, he was the glue that held the team together, the straw that stirred the drink, the capstone in the arch. Klein was 13-21-0 for 149 yards, and ran for 79 yards on 17 carries (with one TD). Those may not be numbers that scream "Heisman contender," but this was the type of win that screams exactly that.
It wasn't the Kansas State offense that held Oklahoma to 19 points and forced three turnovers Saturday, though. The Wildcat defense received most of the praise:
K-State held Oklahoma under 400 yards for the game, sacked Landry Jones twice and intercepted him once. Even better, Justin Tuggle and Jarrell Childs combined for a sack/fumble/touchdown in the first quarter to get K-State on the board. Ty Zimmerman had a huge interception and just missed another. Arthur Brown was all over the field. Allen Chapman hit and wrapped up to limit yardage after catches.
On the other side of the coin, Crimson and Cream Machine focused on Oklahoma's defensive struggles:
The Oklahoma defense is not without fault in the incredibly disappointing loss to a very tough Kansas State team Saturday night in Norman, but they were certainly done no favors for their teammates on the offensive side of the ball. The OU defense was put in difficult position after difficult position throughout most of the night following multiple gut-punch type turnovers from the Sooner offense.
That said, there is no denying that the defense came up short, on multiple occasions, in the fourth quarter when it absolutely had to have a stop. Kansas State went three-for-three on third down conversions that essentially sealed the victory.
Both teams have a bye next week. Kansas State returns to action Oct. 6 against Kansas, while the Sooners will face Texas Tech.
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