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K-State pulls away from Texas to secure Fiesta Bowl berth

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Oklahoma needed Texas to pull an upset in Manhattan Saturday night for the Sooners to have an outright Big 12 title. While OU will still have a share of the conference championship, Kansas State will in fact be the league’s official representative in the BCS. It’s the program’s first Big 12 title since 2003.

No. 7 K-State pulled away from No. 23 Texas to win 42-24. Collin Klein tallied nearly 300 total yards and three scores, though his first rushing touchdown was a gift courtesy of cornerback Nigel Malone. Malone intercepted a Case McCoy pass early in the first quarter and returned it all the way to the 1-yard line. Though Malone’s body waltzed into the end zone, the ball did not. We’ll chalk it up to Malone doing his best DeSean Jackson impersonation. Klein scored on a QB sneak one play later.

Klein’s performance on senior night was good enough to keep him in the Heisman conversation, but it wasn’t the season-ending statement that could have launched him back atop the conversation. Even at the end of the year, the Heisman discussion has plenty of worthy candidates and no clear-cut frontrunner. Texas A&M quarterback Jonny Manziel is the presumed frontrunner, but this Heisman race should be a close one.

Back to K-State, the Wildcats clinched a trip to the Fiesta Bowl, where they’ll likely take on Oregon for the game that was supposed to happen alreay. Texas appears Cotton Bowl bound against LSU. Oklahoma should end up in the Sugar Bowl against Florida, but Georgia’s terrific effort against Alabama today might be enough to sway some votes in the coaches’ poll that would keep the Bulldogs at No. 3 in the BCS.

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9 Responses to “K-State pulls away from Texas to secure Fiesta Bowl berth”
  1. thefiesty1 says: Dec 1, 2012 11:35 PM

    Texas folded, as usual! Dang.

  2. tigersgeaux says: Dec 1, 2012 11:36 PM

    Coach Bill Snyder for National Coach of the Year Award.

  3. frug says: Dec 1, 2012 11:58 PM

    Klein’s performance on senior night was good enough to keep him in the Heisman conversation, but it wasn’t the season-ending statement that could have launched him back atop the conversation.

    You know, it says something about how dominant Klein has been that he can average 13.1 YPA against the 18th ranked team in the country and it is merely considered “good enough”.

  4. 13datsyuk13 says: Dec 2, 2012 1:26 AM

    Texas doesn’t deserve to play in the Cotton Bowl. They should be grateful if the Alamo Bowl calls. I miss them being a premier program, now a mediocre year is their best in a few seasons.

  5. rsmeans says: Dec 2, 2012 2:39 AM

    Why any serious recruit would go to Texas or USC is beyond me. Neither team will win a NC in most of our lifetimes and elite recruits will fall through the seems. Best that recruits go to a team with a fuure such as Alabama, TEXAS AM, Oregon, UCLA or Stanford.

  6. rcbn says: Dec 2, 2012 7:57 AM

    fugg’em

  7. amosalanzostagg says: Dec 2, 2012 11:11 AM

    Texas consistently does less with more.

    Texas has averaged a #6 ranking in Rivals on recruiting classes since 2005. Texas passed on Drew Brees and Johnny Football as QB because they didn’t fit the prototype that Texas deems worthy.

    Last evening, The commentators stated Texas is very
    young with only 9 seniors. Conversely, KSU had
    27 seniors. You win with seniors and fifth year seniors, not freshmen and McDonald All-Americans.

    Mack chews up players and spits them out.

  8. mogogo1 says: Dec 2, 2012 2:54 PM

    “Klein’s performance on senior night was good enough to keep him in the Heisman conversation, but it wasn’t the season-ending statement that could have launched him back atop the conversation. Even at the end of the year, the Heisman discussion has plenty of worthy candidates and no clear-cut frontrunner. Texas A&M quarterback Jonny Manziel is the presumed frontrunner, but this Heisman race should be a close one.”

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    The problem with Heisman speculation is that there’s this crazy expectation that guys can play absolutely perfectly like a machine. Didn’t Klien lead them to TDs on something like 5 straight drives in the second half?

    I’d guess that among the actual Heisman voters Klein may be the front runner because: 1) He’s not a defensive player (who are almost always passed over) 2) His team is near the top largely due to his individual efforts. And 3) He isn’t a freshman. Manziel is a good pick (and a very similar candidate to Klein), but Heisman voters don’t tend to like laying the groundwork for giving the award multiple times to the same guy. And Klein has played more top teams and played better against them than Manziel.

  9. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Dec 2, 2012 10:42 PM

    @mogogo1
    How you figured Klein played more top teams than Johnny FB?

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