8:00 PM ET, December 1, 2012
Bill Snyder Stadium, MANHATTAN, KS
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Just as Collin Klein was preparing to trot onto the field for the biggest home game in Kansas State history, coach Bill Snyder put his arm around his senior quarterback and whispered something in his ear.
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"He just told me how much he appreciated me, and that he loved me," Klein said. "It was a great moment. And I know he said that to every single one of us, and I wouldn't have it any other way. And that's pretty special."
Everything about this night was special for the Wildcats and their fans. With Klein passing for one touchdown and running for two, Kansas State beat Texas 42-24 to wrap up its third conference championship in 117 years, prompting thousands of people to rush onto the field as the sound system blared, "We Are The Champions."
The Wildcats (12-1, 8-1) had never played for a conference championship in their last game at home, and had never had a player end the regular season in such close contention for the Heisman Trophy as Klein.
With his main competitors, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, off, Klein had the stage all to himself. He had one last chance to burnish his credentials for what would be Kansas State's first Heisman, and he made it count.
John Hubert scored three touchdowns on short runs for Kansas State, and Klein threw every Heisman question right back at the questioner.
"Tonight's all about our team and what we were able to accomplish tonight," he said. "And Texas didn't give it to us easily. Tonight's about K-State family. That's the most important thing."
After a slow start, Klein wound up hitting 8 of 14 passes for 184 yards and added 108 yards rushing on 23 carries.
In front of their sixth sellout in seven home games, the Wildcats also tied their team record for victories in a season and matched Oklahoma's Big 12 record.
It was Kansas State's fifth straight victory over Texas (8-4, 5-4), which led 10-7 at halftime, and capped and gave Snyder the conference title just four years after he came out of a brief retirement.
"Bill is unbelievable," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "I have said many times that I think what he has done here is the best in the country, from start to finish."
Oklahoma beat TCU earlier Saturday and immediately donned caps and T-shirts declaring themselves Big 12 champs. But Kansas State's 24-19 win at Oklahoma on Sept. 22 gives them the tiebreaker and sends them to the Fiesta Bowl.
"I think (the title) means an awful lot to all of us," Snyder said. "A great deal to the young people in our program. They were excited about it. Obviously I speak for everybody in our football family. I think it's significant and important for each and every one of us. I'm pleased for a lot of different people, the people that genuinely support this program."
Texas, which may be headed for the Cotton Bowl, lost its lead on Kansas State's first possession of the second half. Klein hit a 29-yard pass and Hubert broke free for 28 yards as Kansas State soared 75 yards in seven plays, with Hubert scoring from the 2.
Hubert also had a 2-yard TD run with 47 seconds left in the third quarter and scored on a 1-yard run for a 35-17 lead with a little more than 3 minutes to go after Drew Liddle recovered Texas' muffed punt.
A few minutes later, Allen Chapman intercepted Case McCoy's pass and ran it back 35 yards, setting up Klein's 9-yard TD run for a 42-17 lead with 1:53 left. The back-beaker may have been Klein's long pass to a wide-open Tyler Lockett that went for a 55-yard scoring play.
"Basically, they just out-executed us," said Texas safety Adrian Phillips. "They did what they were supposed to do and we did not come out to do our job after halftime."
McCoy threw a 14-yard TD pass to Jaxon Shipley in the second quarter and a 9-yard scoring pass to Malcom Brown less than 1 minute left in the game. Brown also scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter.
McCoy hit 26-of-34 passes for 314 yards, with two interceptions. He was sacked four times by a swarming Kansas State defense.
The Wildcats' lone touchdown of the first half came on a 1-yard run by Klein and after an embarrassing lapse by defensive back Nigel Malone.
With perfect timing, Malone jumped in front of McCoy's intended receiver on Texas' second possession, made the interception and sped 30 yards into the end zone. But the ball only traveled the 29. The play was initially ruled a touchdown, but upon review, it was determined Malone had let go of the ball and allowed it drop to the ground just as he was about to step across the goal line.
So it was placed on the 1 and Klein plowed into the end zone for his 21st rushing TD of the season and No. 54 for his career.
Klein was 0 for 4 in Kansas State's scoreless second quarter while McCoy was going 17 for 20 in the first half for 204 yards.
McCoy's longest pass play went for 70 yards, but almost all of that was the running of Daje Johnson right after Phillips intercepted Klein's pass in the end zone and gave the Longhorns the ball on the 20, setting up a field goal.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Kansas State's Tyler Lockett scored on a 55-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, giving the Wildcats a 28-17 lead against the Longhorns.
Gameball goes to... Collin Klein. His final home game wasn't his best, but the Kansas State quarterback tallied 287 total yards and three total touchdowns.
Stat of the game... 17. After starting the game with an incompletion and a pick, Texas QB Case McCoy completed 17 straight passes, one shy of the Texas record.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||5-12||8-13|
|4th Down Conversions||1-2||0-0|
|TD||11:33||Collin Klein 1 Yd Run (Anthony Cantele Kick)||0||7|
|FG||12:00||Nick Jordan 37 Yd||3||7|
|TD||07:19||Jaxon Shipley 14 Yd Pass From Case McCoy (Nick Jordan Kick)||10||7|
|TD||10:59||John Hubert 2 Yd Run (Anthony Cantele Kick)||10||14|
|TD||07:24||Malcolm Brown 2 Yd Run (Nick Jordan Kick)||17||14|
|TD||00:47||John Hubert 2 Yd Run (Anthony Cantele Kick)||17||21|
|TD||14:06||Tyler Lockett 55 Yd Pass From Collin Klein (Anthony Cantele Kick)||17||28|
|TD||03:11||John Hubert 1 Yd Run (Anthony Cantele Kick)||17||35|
|TD||01:53||Collin Klein 9 Yd Run (Anthony Cantele Kick)||17||42|
|TD||00:58||Malcom Brown 9 Yd Pass From Case McCoy (Nick Jordan Kick)||24||42|
*Texas is now just 5-8 against K-State. Among opponents they have played at least ten times, Texas has a losing record against only three schools: K-State, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt.[+]
Texas' Worst Win Pct vs Opponent
Under Mack Brown, the Longhorns are 2-7 with a -20 turnover margin. Against all other teams, they've won more than 80 percent of their games and have a turnover differential of +89.[+]
A Purple Pounding
Under Mack Brown, Texas is now 2-7 against Kansas State. They have an .803 win percentage against all other teams. The biggest reason why their record is so bad against the Wildcats? A negative-20 turnover margin against KSU.[+]
Texas had just 99 yards rushing against Kansas State. Over the last 2 seasons, Texas is averaging more than 100 fewer rush yards in their losses than their wins. Texas is 0-4 this season when they rush for 135 yards or fewer.[+]
Texas Rushing Offense
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