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Heisman Trophy 2012: Collin Klein finishes third in Heisman balloting

The Wildcats quarterback loses out to Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel.

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

As expected, Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting Saturday night. The senior signal caller, who led the Heisman race for most of the season but faded after a Nov. 17 loss to Baylor, received 60 of the 928 available first-place votes. Klein's 894 points left him 1,135 points behind winner Johnny Manziel and 812 behind runner-up Manti Te'o.

Klein finished his regular season with 2,490 passing yards on 180 completions, compiling a 66.2 percent completion percentage and 15 touchdowns. He ran 194 times for 890 yards and 22 scores. Under his leadership, the Wildcats won their second Big 12 title, the first since 2003. Kansas State, which started the season 21st in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, reached the top spot on Nov. 10 and was poised to play for the national championship before their upset loss to Baylor.

SB Nation's Kansas State web site Bring on the Cats accepted Klein's fate before the announcement, and were thankful for the opportunity to see him play.

Instead of raging against a machine that (partially) feeds on your rage, let's thank the senior from Loveland, Colo., for what he's done in Manhattan. From starting as a wide receiver, to a two-year run of brilliance, marrying a star athlete from the basketball team, graduating with his finance degree, and leading K-State to a conference title this season, we have a lot for which to thank Collin Klein.

Kansas State closes their season in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 3, 2013, against the Oregon Ducks.