Players write their legacies in big games. When the stakes are highest, who shines the brightest?
No player in the Big 12 had higher stakes and more eyes on him on Saturday than Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein.
Kansas State isn't Oklahoma. Opportunities for Big 12 titles don't come on a near annual basis in Manhattan. This is the first time it's been a real possibility since 2003, and the Wildcats got one shot, on their home field against the team everybody in the Big 12 loves to beat: Texas.
Klein answered the call and turned in the type of performance he's known for with a BCS bid and a Big 12 title up for grabs. He completed 8 of 14 passes for 184 yards, highlighted by a 55-yard bomb to Tyler Lockett that swung momentum for good in K-State's favor and put the Wildcats up, 28-17, early in the fourth quarter. He also added 103 yards and two scores on 23 carries, his first 100-yard rushing game since beating Iowa State in Ames back on Oct. 13.
Add it all up, and you got a raucous celebration on the field at Bill Snyder Family Stadium at the conclusion of the 42-24 win over Texas, the Wildcats' seventh victory in nine meetings against the Longhorns since the birth of the Big 12.
Quite the family reunion, no? Nobody in the Big 12 was better than Klein in a tougher spot on Saturday, and in his final game on his home field, he made program history and turned in one of his better games of the season.
What more could you ask for?