Kansas State's defense proved it could at least manage a Heisman candidate.
Baylor's quarterback Robert Griffin III was as good as advertised, but Kansas State's Anthony Cantele's 31-yard field goal stunned the 15th-ranked visitors in a thriller, 36-35. Cantele kicked three field goals on the day, and the Wilcats needed every single point in a game that featured six lead changes. With the Wildcat's fourth-straight win, they moved to 1-0 in the Big 12 and are likely to debut in the national rankings in the upcoming week.
Griffin threw for 346 yards en route to 5 touchdown passes, 3 of which were caught by Kendell Wright who finished the day with 9 catches and 3 touchdowns. But the Bear offense was undone by 3 turnovers. The Wilcats took advantage, matching offensive firepower with opportunism. The Wildcat defense allowed 429 yards of total offense but stuffed Baylor on 3 of 11 third down tries. Griffin's first interception of the year led to Centele's game-winner.
The Bears got the ball back with plenty of time for a game-winning drive, but they could not even get a first down. Kansas State outscored Baylor 10-0 in the final quarter.
Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein completed less than 50 percent of his classes, but rushed and threw for a total of 259 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Wildcats dominated the Bears on the ground, outrushing them by a 210-83 difference.
The Wildcats have a week to prepare for their second conference game. Next Saturday, they play Missouri, who was idle this weekend. Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III was impressive running the Baylor offense, but his first big mistake of the year led to Kansas State's 36-35 win.