8:00 PM ET, November 17, 2012
Floyd Casey Stadium, Waco, TX
WACO, Texas -- Collin Klein and Kansas State (No. 1 BCS, No. 2 AP) can still get to a BCS game. Getting to the BCS Championship Game is all but lost.
"Anger, frustration, obviously disappointment," Wildcats tight end Travis Tannahill said as he described his feelings after a 52-24 loss at Baylor on Saturday night. "Confused. We just don't know what went wrong. We had a good week of practice. We felt prepared, everything we've done the last 10 games."
"It's a hard one," Klein said.
A week after the Wildcats (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) took over the No. 1 spot in the BCS standings after defending national champion Alabama's loss, it now looks like it's going to be somebody else's turn at the top.
Maybe Notre Dame, which could get its championship shot after Kansas State and Oregon (No. 2 BCS, No. 1 AP) both lost. And the Crimson Tide suddenly is back in the title picture, along with a couple of other SEC teams.
Also, K-State quarterback Klein may be a Heisman Trophy front-runner no more after throwing three interceptions and getting sacked twice while being pressured and harassed all night. He threw for 286 yards and two touchdowns, but had only 39 yards on 17 carries with a score.
On first-and-goal from the 6 in the fourth quarter, Klein had four straight carries and couldn't score -- twice trying from the 1.
"I don't know if I would call it getting smacked in the mouth, but they took it to us," coach Bill Snyder said. "I really thought we prepared well, but as we found out, we didn't. I don't think we handled the situation as well as we should have been able to."
Nick Florence, Baylor's successor to Heisman winner Robert Griffin III, completed 20-of-32 passes for 238 yards, and ran nine times for 47 yards. Both of his passing touchdowns came in the first half when the Bears (5-5, 2-5) jumped out to a 28-7 lead.
"All week we believed we were going to beat them and if we did we weren't going to be surprised when it happened," Florence said.
A KO'd State for K-State
Baylor ran wild on a K-State defense that entered Saturday having not allowed more than six rushes of at least 10 yards in a single game. Here's the comparison on rushes of 10 yards or more.
|1st 10 Games||Saturday|
|Yds per rush||13.7||16.9|
It was on the same weekend last November, on another Saturday night in Waco, when Griffin and Baylor upset then fifth-ranked Oklahoma after two teams ahead of the Sooners had already lost that day.
Kansas State has plenty of time for this loss to simmer. The Wildcats have Thanksgiving week off before playing their regular season finale Dec. 1 at home against Texas (No. 15 BCS, No. 18 AP).
If the Wildcats beat Texas, they will be guaranteed at least a share of the Big 12 title and get the league's automatic BCS spot.
That may be the only solace after such a crushing loss against Baylor, which still needs to win another game to be bowl eligible.
The Bears hadn't beaten an opponent ranked so high since a 13-7 win over No. 2 Tennessee in the Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day 1957. They tied No. 1 Texas during the 1941 season.
Students and fans dressed in gold swarmed the field to celebrate when Saturday night's game ended.
Klein, who finished 27-of-50 passing, had thrown only three interceptions the first 10 games.
After Martin's 2-yard TD put Baylor up 28-7 with 2:54 left in the first half, Kansas State scored 10 consecutive points before the break -- and then got the ball to start the second half, only to have Klein throw his second interception.
Martin finished with 113 yards rushing.
There was a classic 13-yard run by Klein to start the second half, then two deep incompletions before he was picked off by Sam Holl, who returned it to the Kansas State 38. Four plays later, after a Florence 13-yard keeper, Martin scored on a 4-yard run to make it 35-17.
A Bad Flashback For Big 12
For the second straight year, the Big 12's hope of sending a team to the BCS title game took a massive hit and the two losses bear striking similarities.
|Oklahoma State '11||Kansas State '12|
|BCS rank||No. 2||No. 1|
|11th Game||Nov. 18||Nov. 17|
|Result||L at Iowa St.||L at Baylor|
"We gained a little bit of momentum and we just couldn't sustain anything consistently over time," Klein said. "We definitely knew we were going to have to play well to win. They just played better than we did."
The Wildcats then got a 50-yard kickoff return from Tramaine Thompson, but Klein had three consecutive incompletions leading to a punt that pinned Baylor at its 1.
Florence threw an interception, Randall Evans grabbing the ball at the 1 but immediately getting dragged down by intended receiver Terrance Williams. Klein plunged in from a yard out on the next play, but that would be the last score for the Wildcats.
On the first play after Klein was picked off by Joe Williams in the end zone late in the third quarter, Seastrunk took a handoff and raced 80 yards for the score.
Chris Harper had 11 catches for 123 yards for the Wildcats.
Baylor scored less than 2 minutes into the game on Florence's 38-yard TD to Tevin Reese after completing passes to different receivers on each of the first four plays.
The Bears then tried a short kickoff that K-State recovered. To make it worse, a 15-yard penalty for interfering with the returner set the Wildcats up at the Baylor 38 and led to Klein's 8-yard TD run.
A holding call wiped out a 95-yard return by Antwan Goodley on the ensuing kickoff, but the Bears regrouped to go 75 yards in 11 plays for Florence's 12-yard TD run that made it 14-7.
Early in the second quarter, Klein was picked off by Williams on a deep throw.
K-State had a fumble recovery nullified by an offside call. The Wildcats jumped again on a third-and-9, and Florence took off running for a 10-yard gain, plus an additional 15 yards when Dante Barnett was flagged for unnecessary roughness for lowering his shoulder and a hard hit on the Baylor quarterback, who threw an interception two plays later.
About the only stretch that Klein really looked like himself was that closing 2 minutes of the first half.
On the first play after Martin's score, Klein threw a 36-yard pass to Harper and 5 yards to Tyler Lockett. After a pass interference penalty against Baylor in the end zone put the ball at the 7, Klein threw a TD to Harper.
Baylor then went three-and-out, with Barnett preventing a first down with his open-field tackle of Reese on third down.
The Wildcats then had a 10-play drive in 51 seconds, capped by Anthony Cantele's 23-yard field goal on the last play of the half, right after Thompson's 22-yard reception.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Lache Seastrunk broke free for an 80-yard touchdown run to put Baylor up 52-24 following a Bears interception in the end zone.
Gameball goes to... Baylor's offensive line. The Bears dominated this game up front. K-State had given up only six rushing touchdowns all season (five tonight).
Stat of the game... 342-76. Baylor dominated in most categories, but the rushing stats were overwhelming, with the Bears gaining 342 to 76 for K-State.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||8-19||10-15|
|4th Down Conversions||3-5||1-1|
|TD||13:04||Tevin Reese 38 Yd Pass From Nick Florence (Aaron Jones Kick)||0||7|
|TD||09:47||Torell Miller 8 Yd Pass From Collin Klein (Anthony Cantele Kick)||7||7|
|TD||06:29||Nick Florence 12 Yd Run (Aaron Jones Kick)||7||14|
|TD||06:42||Terrance Williams 22 Yd Pass From Nick Florence (Aaron Jones Kick)||7||21|
|TD||02:54||Glasco Martin 2 Yd Run (Aaron Jones Kick)||7||28|
|TD||01:47||Chris Harper 7 Yd Pass From Collin Klein (Anthony Cantele Kick)||14||28|
|FG||00:00||Anthony Cantele 23 Yd||17||28|
|TD||13:19||Glasco Martin 4 Yd Run (Aaron Jones Kick)||17||35|
|TD||12:25||Collin Klein 1 Yd Run (Anthony Cantele Kick)||24||35|
|FG||07:58||Aaron Jones 50 Yd||24||38|
|TD||04:32||Glasco Martin 15 Yd Run (Aaron Jones Kick)||24||45|
|TD||00:58||Lache Seastrunk 80 Yd Run (Aaron Jones Kick)||24||52|
Baylor averaged 10.0 yards per carry and had four of its five rushing touchdowns with a player lined up as a tight end Saturday. In formations without a tight end, Baylor averaged 4.3 yards per carry. The Bears ran 23 rushing plays with a player lined up as a tight end and 26 without one. Baylor was in the shotgun formation and had at least three wide receivers on the field for all but one of its 49 rushes Saturday. Baylor had two players lined up in the backfield on 11 of its 49 rushes Saturday and averaged 3.2 yards per carry in those formations. Baylor only had one player lined up in the backfield on 38 rushes and averaged 8.1 yards per carry on those plays.
Kansas State allowed its first two rushing touchdowns of at least 15 yards this season against Baylor. The Wildcats entered Saturday's game as one of nine FBS teams and the only team in the Big 12 that had not allowed a rushing touchdown of at least 15 yards.
Kansas State allowed 16 rushes of at least 10 yards against Baylor and three touchdowns on those rushes. Entering Saturday's game, Kansas State had not allowed more than six rushes of at least 10 yards in a single game and had not allowed a touchdown on rushes of at least 10 yards all season.[+]
Kansas State Defense on Rushes of 10+ Yards
This is the first time since 2007 that the team atop the BCS standings has lost in consecutive weeks. That week, LSU lost to Arkansas on Nov. 23 and Missouri lost to Oklahoma on Dec. 1.
Kansas State's 28-point loss at Baylor was tied for the largest loss by a team ranked No. 1 in the BCS standings.[+]
Largest Losses by BCS No. 1
Kansas State is the fifth team ranked No. 1 in the BCS to lose to an unranked opponent. They are the first to lose to a team with a losing record heading into the game. Updating from year to game date[+]
BCS No. 1 to Lose to Unranked Opponent
Collin Klein has recorded back-to-back seasons with 20 rushing touchdowns and 10 passing touchdowns. Before last season, only three quarterbacks from BCS-AQ teams had done so in the BCS era, and all three won the Heisman during their careers.[+]
Players With 20 Rush TD and 10 Pass TD in Season - BCS AQ Schools in BCS Era (Since 1998)
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