Big 12 roundup: Big second half lifts No. 4 Kansas State past No. 15 Texas Tech
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MANHATTAN, Kan. — Collin Klein accounted for four touchdowns, Arthur Brown returned an interception 37 yards for another score and No. 4 Kansas State roughed up No. 15 Texas Tech, 55-24, on Saturday.
Klein was 19 of 26 for 233 yards and two touchdowns and had 83 yards and two more scores on the ground — bolstering his credentials for the Heisman Trophy. Most of the offense came in the second half as the Wildcats (5-0 Big 12) blew open a 13-10 game to improve to 8-0 for the first time since 1999.
John Hubert added 64 yards and two rushing TDs, and Angelo Pease also scored for Kansas State, which came into the game trailing only Alabama and Florida in the BCS standings.
Seth Doege threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns for the Red Raiders (6-2, 3-2) but also had a costly interception. Doege had thrown for 13 touchdowns in wins over West Virginia and TCU the past two weeks to jump into the Heisman conversation.
Of course, Klein is a major part of that discussion.
The senior quarterback, now 19-4 as a starter, moved into seventh in Big 12 history with 49 touchdowns rushing.
And his vastly improved passing game, a subject of ridicule last season, has helped the Wildcats pile up big points on offense this year.
They've scored more than 50 in a game five times.
With the narrow halftime edge, Kansas State had four straight plays of 10-plus yards to start the second half, leading to a 21-yard TD toss from Klein to Tramaine Thompson. And after Eric Ward fumbled on Texas Tech's first offensive play of the third quarter, Klein needed only two plays to score from 16 yards for a 27-10 lead.
Iowa State 35, Baylor 21 — In Iowa City, Iowa, Steele Jantz set career highs with 381 yards passing and five touchdowns, and Iowa State held off visiting Baylor to snap a two-game losing streak.
Jantz tied a school record with 36 completions to lead the Iowa State (5-3, 2-3), who moved within one win of bowl eligibility for the third time in four years.
Nick Florence threw for 426 yards and two touchdowns to lead Baylor (3-4, 0-4), which lost its fourth straight game.
Oklahoma State 36, TCU 14 — In Stillwater, Okla., Wes Lunt passed for 324 yards and a touchdown in his first start in six weeks, Quinn Sharp tied a school record with five field goals and Oklahoma State overcame a sluggish first half to beat TCU.
Lunt completed 18 of 33 passes for the Cowboys in their first meeting with TCU (5-3, 2-3) since 1993.
Joseph Randle rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries for Oklahoma State, (5-2, 5-1) and Josh Stewart caught six passes for 120 yards.
Texas 21, Kansas 17 — In Lawrence, Kan., Case McCoy hit D.J. Grant with a 1-yard touchdown pass with 12 seconds to play, capping a 70-yard drive in the final 2 minutes and lifting Texas past Kansas (1-7, 0-5).
The Jayhawks, trying to snap a 16-game Big 12 losing streak, had taken a 17-14 lead on Nick Prolago's 29-yard field goal with 2:28 to play.
But McCoy, who replaced an ineffective David Ash in the fourth quarter, quickly led Texas (6-2, 3-2) to the win.
James Sims rushed for 178 yards and became the first Kansas player with four straight 100-yard games since Tony Sands in 1991.
The Jayhawks, who fell to 0-10 against Texas since the Big 12 was formed, rushed for 234 yards altogether against a Texas defense that was ranked 107th in the country against the run.
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