College Football: What We Learned About Kansas State, Miami After the First Half

Nathaniel Walters@nathanielhuskerCorrespondent ISeptember 8, 2012

Sep 8, 2012; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein (7) drops back to pass during the first half against the Miami Hurricanes at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-US PRESSWIRE
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They've played one half of football in Manhattan. What was both good and bad on the field? Here are five things we learned about both teams from the first half.

Halftime score: Kansas State 24, Miami (Fl.) 6

1. Kansas State is moving the ball at will. They took their first possession for a touchdown in six minutes. The drive covered 65 yards and took 13 plays, eight of which were on the ground. Their second drive, which covered 58 yards after recovering a Miami fumble, took all of two minutes. Just like that, the Wildcats were up 14-0.

2. Miami's defense needs to step up. They held the ball five minutes longer than Kansas State but gave up nearly double the yards. Without their 70-yard drive with two minutes left, it would look even worse. They allowed four yards per carry on the ground. That needs to get shored up in a hurry.

3. Kansas State's defense looks awfully good. I'll admit I was one of the guys who didn't believe in the Wildcats, especially on defense. They are proving me wrong. They have held Miami's rushing attack to 19 yards on 14 attempts. They also forced and recovered two Hurricane fumbles, one of which led to a touchdown. Miami did drive 70 yards on a two-minute drill late in the first half, but Kansas State's defense stiffened and held the Hurricanes to a field goal.

4. Collin Klein is the real deal. We didn't see a lot out of the Kansas State senior until late in the game last week, but he has made his presence known in Manhattan today. Minus the flub at the goal line late in the first half, Klein has been the face of this team today. He rushed for 37 yards and two scores while also completing 6-of-7 passes for 98 yards and another touchdown through the air. 

5. They have earned their ranking. So far, Kansas State looks to be a legitimate top-20 team that should contend for the Big 12 crown at the end of the season. I know it's only September and just the first half of the game, but they are absolutely destroying Miami. It isn't even close. 

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