Player of the Week: Big 12

September, 24, 2012
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It's easy to talk numbers when you look at Player of the Week honors, and if you do, Collin Klein is out of the running pretty quick.

But really, Player of the Week honors is about having an impact, and about carrying a team to a win. Nobody did that better than Klein this week, and he gets my nod this week as the Big 12's best player.

The Wildcats' margin for error is never large, and Klein can't make mistakes. He didn't on Saturday, and made a ton of plays with his legs and his arm.

Klein had the ball in his hands on 38 of 65 plays for the Wildcats on Saturday and never fumbled, didn't turn the ball over once, and never really even threw a ball that should have been intercepted.

Instead, he proved to be a steadying force for the Wildcats, completing 13 of 21 passes for 149 yards. He ran for 79 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown in K-State's history-making win over Oklahoma.

The Sooners, then No. 6, were the highest opponent the Wildcats had ever defeated in a true road game in school history, and Klein was the reason why. His personality, demeanor and playing style mirror that of his head coach's philosophy, and together, they took down the Sooners.

Oklahoma had never lost at home to a ranked opponent under Stoops, but Kansas State outplayed the Sooners for 60 minutes. On the final drive, the momentum swinging slightly the way of the Sooners, Klein connected with Tramaine Thompson for a 12-yard completion on 3rd-and-11. That nearly ended the game, but Klein needed one more conversion. On 3rd-and-3, he did it again, this time, with a run.

Cue the victory formation, and cue the party in the Little Apple, courtesy of Klein.

He was the same player for all four quarters, and the Wildcats aren't the same team they were last year. They're better. Klein's development is the reason why, and now, he's quarterbacking a top 10 team.

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