Showcasing Biggest Strengths and Weaknesses of Kansas State Wildcats

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer INovember 7, 2012

Nov 3, 2012; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein (7) carries the ball during a 44-30 win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-US PRESSWIRE

The Kansas State Wildcats have gone 9-0 this season, including 6-0 in the Big 12.

En route to being ranked the No. 2 team in the country, they've defeated such teams as Oklahoma, West Virginia, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.

Led by Heisman favorite Collin Klein, Kansas State is vying to win its first Big 12 title since 2003...and perhaps do even more.

Here's a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the Kansas State Wildcats this season.


Passing Game

Hey, you have Heisman favorite Collin Klein as your quarterback.

Enough said.

The senior has averaged 10.1 yards per pass attempt this season, tied for first in the FBS, per He's also tossed 12 touchdowns to two interceptions.

Klein passed for 245 yards while averaging 11.1 yards per attempt in Week 10 against Oklahoma State before getting pulled from the game with a possible concussion.

Running Game

The Wildcats have averaged 5.36 yards per carry (14th) and posted 33 rushing touchdowns (sixth) this season. 

Part of that is Klein, who has rushed for 698 yards and 17 touchdowns on 5.0 yards per carry. 

Don't forget junior John Hubert, though. He's rushed for 760 yards and 12 touchdowns on 5.5 yards per carry, including a 95-yard touchdown scamper to start the season against Missouri State.

Senior Angelo Pease (42 carries, 249 yards) and freshman dual-threat quarterback Daniel Sams (32 carries, 235 yards, three touchdowns) have also contributed.

Run Defense

Kansas State has allowed 3.29 yards per carry (19th) and six rushing touchdowns (tied for ninth) this season.

That includes holding Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle to 43 yards on 15 carries in Week 10 after the junior rushed for a combined 277 yards and three touchdowns against TCU and Iowa State the previous two weeks.

Turnover Margin

The Wildcats have a turnover margin of plus-2.33 per game this season—best in the country.

They have only committed four turnovers (two interceptions, two lost fumbles) while forcing 25 turnovers (13 interceptions, 12 forced fumbles).

It's yet another reason why Kansas State is currently ranked No. 2 in the nation.

Return Units

Kansas State has not only averaged 24.9 yards per punt return (one return for a touchdown) this season (second in the country), it has also averaged 29.0 yards per kickoff return (two returns for touchdown), which is fourth in the nation.

When you have an offense like this, that starts off in good field position, it's only inevitable that it will rack up a lot of points.


According to, the Wildcats have averaged just 3.4 penalties per game this season, tied for first in the country. 

They have also averaged 27.3 penalty yards per game, second in the country.

This team is not only explosive, it doesn't beat itself, either.

Field Goal Unit

Senior kicker Anthony Cantele has a conversion rate of 87.5 percent this season (14 of 16), 10th among qualifying kickers.

That includes going 3-for-3 on field goal attempts from 40-49 yards and 51-for-51 on extra points.



Kansas State is averaging 39.81 yards per punt this season—91st in the country. 

Of course, the good news is that the Wildcats punt an average of 2.9 times per game, tied for third-fewest in the country.

Kickoff Return Coverage

While the Wildcats have had excellent return units this season, they have also been burned on kickoff returns themselves.

They have allowed 23.45 yards per kickoff return, tied for 95th in the country, while being one of only eight teams in the nation to have allowed at least two kickoff returns for touchdowns.

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