Big 12 spring game recap: Kansas State

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What happened:

  • Quarterback Collin Klein completed 47 of 56 passes for 480 yards and six touchdowns, but was intercepted on the final drive in a 42-42 game. Granted, the score was flipped at halftime, so technically, Klein's Purple team won, 77-7. They racked up 38 first downs to the White team's three.

  • Angelo Pease and Robert Rose ran for 173 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries.

  • Tramaine Thompson led all receivers with nine catches for 147 yards.

  • Vai Lutui had four tackles for loss, a fumble recovery and 6.5 tackles. He had three sacks for the Purple team.

What we learned:

  • Sadly, not much. There's some encouragement from seeing Klein complete the high percentage of passes he did and rack up that kind of yardage, but I'd encourage you to take a look back at the 2009 and 2010 spring games at Kansas State. Carson Coffman threw for 334 yards and 440 yards in those games. To me, Klein's already a better passer, but you can't expect him to do that in the fall. Big 12 defenses aren't great, but they're better than K-State's backups.

  • Whenever spring games are played like this -- first teams versus second teams -- it's hard to take away much. You can really only get a sense for young players who'll fit into the rotation, and K-State brings back a ton of starters. Few of the backups stood out on Saturday. The White team's leading rusher had 13 yards. The leading tackler, Jonathan Truman, had 10.5 tackles and one tackle for loss. K-State's got to be encouraged by performances from Travis Tannahill and Curry Sexton who could contribute next year, but again ... these teams were stacked. We'll see come fall. That's just what Bill Snyder wants.

They said it:

"He is throwing the ball well. He can throw it down the field, but he is throwing the short passes. You saw a lot of that today and he has been doing it reasonably well."

-- Bill Snyder on Klein

"No matter how it plays out, and this is in the position that I am in; if you are on the offensive side of the ball you might be able to say some positive things about the defense on the defensive side. If you are on the defensive side, you can say something good about the offense. I am in the middle. If the offense scores, I am mad at the defense. If the defense holds them, I am mad at the offense. It is kind of a no-win situation and I need to remove myself from it as much as possible. Our No. 1 offense played well, which would allow you to say that they played well except for the two beginning drives in the third quarter, which they were three and out and had not been kept out of the end zone in the first half. They played very well in the first half and I think they took a little something for granted going into the second half. It is something to learn from and I certainly believe they will."

-- Bill Snyder