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Collin Klein remains frontrunner for Heisman Trophy

The K-State quarterback has racked up 12 passing touchdowns and 17 rushing touchdowns as the leader of the undefeated Wildcats.

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Although he didn't throw a touchdown and managed only one rushing touchdown, Collin Klein's performance in a 44-30 win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys did nothing to dissuade voters from remaining convinced that he is the most deserving candidate to win the Heisman Trophy.

The Kansas State Wildcats quarterback earned 33 of the 37 first-place votes in a USA Today survey of affiliated sports writers and broadcasters. Following a monster game against the USC Trojans, Oregon's Kenjon Barner earned a pair of first-place votes, but he still finished behind Notre Dame's Manti Te'o in the poll, as the linebacker racked up 13 second-place votes.

Leading K-State to an undefeated record through nine games, Klein has completed 133-of-187 passes for 1,875 yards with 12 passing touchdowns and just two interceptions. He has also been dangerous as a runner, accumulating 698 yards rushing on 139 carries while picking up 17 rushing touchdowns. His rushing touchdowns alone account for the third most in the nation.