Manhattan, KS– For the second week in a row, the Kansas State Wildcats football team destroyed a BCS top 15 team. The 55-24 blow out of Texas Tech, was K-States 8th win on the season and solidified their National Title credentials. Here are five things we learned from the game…
1.) Collin Klein is the Clear cut Heisman Front Runner: Against West Virginia two weeks ago, Klein accounted for 364 and 7 total touchdowns, he followed that up with another solid performance against Texas Tech. On Saturday Klein threw for 233 yards, ran for 83 yards and accounted for 4 total touchdowns. No one has come close to replicating Kleins Heisman credentials. If K-State finishes the year undefeated, Klein should be a lock for the Heisman.
2.) The Lynch Mob is back: Although Texas Tech was the first team to put up more than 21 points on the Arthur Brown led defense, the defense proved once again that it was capable of shutting down an offense. K-State gave up 442, but held one of the highest scoring offenses in the country to 17 (the final touchdown was against the second team when the game was out of reach). In addition to keeping Tech off the scoreboard, the Cats forced 3 turnovers, in addition to dropping 2 interceptions. While the defense may struggle at times, they flat out force turnovers and keep teams off the board. The lone cause for concern is a knee injury to Jr. Lineback Tre Walker, the extent of which has not been released yet.
3.) This might be K-States best group of receivers…..ever: In the past two games all three of K-States top three receivers have scored a touchdown. Since the emergence of Tramaine Thompson at the beginning of the season, Tyler Lockett has emerged as a go to receiver. While Chris Harper has continued his success as a go to possession receiver. Both Lockett and Harper are tied for the team lead in receiving yards, both have 453 yards while Lockett has done it with one less reception, at 29. Never before has K-State had 3 all conference performing receivers, that each bring something different to the game.
4.) The Offensive Line is equally as impressive: Going into the season the biggest question mark on this team was the offensive line. With only 2 returning starters, things looked a little grim. Cornelius Lucas, Tavon Rooks, Keenan Taylor and Cody Whitehair have done their best to calm those concerns. With Nick Puetz and Boston Stiverson returning from injury since the beginning of the year, the offensive line has flat out dominated teams. Freshman Cody Whitehair has been the most impressive. The 6-5 300 pound Abilene product has gone into flat out beast mode this season, paving wholes big enough to drive a truck through. Against Tech he showed his versatility, moving into the Left Tackle position with no problems, after Lucas went down in the second half. This offensive line has been the most impressive unit of the season.
5.) K-State should go undefeated and play in the national title: Following the victory K-State moved into the coveted #2 spot in the BCS rankings with Florida’s loss to Georgia. The only teams standing in K-States way are Oklahoma State, TCU, Baylor, and Texas. It will be a true upset if K-State drops a game from here on out. The Cats have shown they are far superior to every remaining team on the schedule. But just because they should run the table doesn’t mean they will. Oklahoma State was shocked by Iowa State last year, and we all remember 1998. But if the Cats run the table, an undefeated Oregon team could jump the Cats.
K-State is likely in the middle of its best season ever. Everyone should take some time to sit back and enjoy the ride. Regardless, K-State fans should put on their favorite South California and LSU shirts this weekend. The Cats may need a little help to stay in the top 2. An upset of LSU over Alabama, or South California over or Oregon, may be just enough to keep them their for the rest of the season.