Texas vs. Kansas State: Why the Longhorns Have No Shot at Stopping Collin Klein
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Kansas State is coming off a 30-point loss to Baylor two weeks ago, as it gets ready for its final game of the 2012 season against the Texas Longhorns.
The loss ended the Wildcats perfect season and any hope at a national championship.
Kansas State had an extra week to reflect and prepare for its final game of the year. A win on Saturday would give the Wildcats the Big 12 title and a BCS bowl berth.
The Longhorns will have their hands full with Heisman hopeful Collin Klein. He has 2,306 passing yards, 787 rushing yards and 34 total touchdowns on the year.
But in his last two games, Klein threw the ball 71 times—including 50 against Baylor—for two passing touchdowns and three interceptions.
In an interview with ESPN, Klein said the team's last two performances haven't been stellar.
And it definitely showed on the field.
In the game against Baylor, the Wildcats were down 28-17 at halftime. Baylor scored 24 points in the third quarter, forcing Klein to play catch up and throw the ball more than usual. In six third-quarter drives, the Wildcats only scored one touchdown, punted the ball twice and turned the ball over three times (two interceptions and a turnover on downs).
Klein plans on using the Baylor loss as motivation. "I don't know if I'd necessarily call it anger, but there's a lot of motivation and buildup of we just need to get back on track,” he said.
While his passing stats are average this season, Klein is a big threat with his legs.
He’s had at least one rushing touchdown in 10 straight games. His 20 rushing touchdowns are tied for third in the FBS.
The Longhorns defense hasn’t been impressive this season. They have allowed an average of 28.3 points per game, ranked 65th overall.
The Wildcats are scoring an average of 40.5 points per game (11th overall).
Texas has been unable to stop high-powered offenses all season. Against the top three scoring teams in the Big 12—Oklahoma State, Baylor and Oklahoma—the Longhorns defense allowed an average 49.7 points. This week will be another tough offense for the Longhorns to handle.
The Longhorns have lost four straight to Kansas State with the last two being led by Collin Klein.
If Klein wants to make a final impact for his case at the Heisman trophy, he needs to put up huge numbers against Texas, and this seems very likely.
This is the final home game for Klein and the other seniors.
“As a senior, for all of us as seniors, being able to finish strong is what we want, no doubt,” Klein said.
Klein plans on going out with a bang, and won’t let the Longhorns get in the way.
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