Kansas State keeps on rolling
TribLIVE Sports Videos
AMES, Iowa — This weekend's matchup of Kansas State and West Virginia was supposed to break the tie atop the Big 12.
There's no doubt who leads the league now.
No. 4 Kansas State (6-0, 3-0) emerged from Saturday's 27-21 win over Iowa State (4-2, 1-2) as the Big 12's only unbeaten team — both overall and in the conference.
Although the Wildcats would lose their grip on the league lead with a loss at No. 17 West Virginia — which is no doubt smarting after the 49-14 shellacking by Texas Tech on Saturday — they woke up Sunday as the unquestioned class of the conference.
Just don't tell coach Bill Snyder that.
“I'd like for us to have played better than we did across the board,” he said. “There were times we played extremely well ... but, by the same token, we still had some issues.”
Kansas State's winning formula has been simple: Play sound, disciplined defense, and let Collin Klein handle the offense.
Klein was brilliant again Saturday, posting 292 total yards and three rushing TDs against an Iowa State defense that entered the weekend ranked third in the Big 12, allowing fewer than 16 points per game.
Klein converted a series of crucial third downs on a key drive in the fourth quarter. It produced a field goal and, more importantly, ate up more than eight minutes when the Cyclones desperately needed to make something happen on offense.
Klein also responded with a quick touchdown drive after Iowa State seized momentum with a 30-yard TD pass from Jared Barnett to Ernst Brun late in the first half.
“He's an All-American in my book. He doesn't get the attention because he's not as flashy and doesn't put up the gaudy numbers that some of the other college football players do,” Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said of Klein. “But he has a 6-0 football team that is ranked in the top five in the country.”
Perhaps the most troubling problem for Snyder was penalties. Kansas State had just nine all season, but it committed nine more in Ames.
“It was tremendously out of character for us,” he said. “We had been the least penalized team in the country, and now we look like the most penalized team in the country. That's a matter of discipline.”
But given how well the Wildcats are playing, Snyder likely was resorting to nit-picking.
“They can play,” Rhoads said, “with anybody in the country.”
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Washington County cardiology practice denies it deliberately overbilled for services
- Slippery Rock program connects preschoolers with music
- Charges against Wash High aide accused of having sex with student withdrawn
- NFL coaches weigh in on Polamalu’s legacy
- Allegheny Township dentist to help those in need on mission trip to Belize
- Carnegie Mellon University’s Speck device monitors indoor pollution
- New Castle-area racino remains in limbo
- Penguins’ Letang leaves hospital, out with concussion
- Owner of Penn Hills tombstone business pleads guilty to swindling the bereaved
- Starkey: Next frontier for Steelers offense
- Driver airlifted after truck slams into utility pole in Sewickley Township