Kansas State Football: Collin Klein and Wildcats Exposed as Frauds by Baylor

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2012

WACO, TX - NOVEMBER 17:  Collin Klein #7 of the Kansas State Wildcats runs the ball against Rodney Chadwick #26 of the Baylor Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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After losing to the Baylor Bears 52-24 Saturday night, then-No. 1 Kansas State and star quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Collin Klein were exposed as utter frauds.

Kansas State was vaunted so far in 2012 for starting the season off at 10-0 in the Big 12 conference, but the team faced mediocre competition all season.

While there have been four ranked squads on the Wildcats’ schedule so far—West Virginia, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma—each has looked weak at times, and wins over these overhyped teams have lacked merit.

Add in the loss to a less-than-stellar Baylor team (5-5 on the season) rebuilding after the Robert Griffin III era, and the Wildcats house of cards came crashing down Saturday—as did the team’s hope for BCS national championship glory.

Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder told the Associated Press via ESPN about how his team prepared for the game and how it all fell apart:

I don't know if I would call it getting smacked in the mouth, but they took it to us. I really thought we prepared well, but as we found out, we didn't. I don't think we handled the situation as well as we should have been able to.

While this loss was an indictment of how bad Klein can be at times—27-of-50 for 286 yards and three interceptions—the constant passing was a result of the porous play of the defense and the offensive unit trying to mount a comeback.

Coming into Week 12, the Wildcats defense was ranked 25th in the nation (allowing 20.8 points per game), but the unit looked like a shell of the Kansas State team that was ranked No. 1. The defense believed its own hype and forgot to play Saturday.

By the time the Wildcats woke up, it was already too late.

When the dust settled, Baylor had gouged Kansas State’s vaunted run defense for 342 yards and five touchdowns on 49 carries. With the clock and scoreboard in the Bears favor, the Wildcats didn’t have a chance.

That’s what you call being exposed as a fraud.


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