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Saturday, November 12, 2011
Kansas State bottles up its late-game magic

By David Ubben

We've seen this before. Once again, Kansas State makes the necessary plays late to win a game.

First came the late drive against Eastern Kentucky. There was the goal-line stand against Miami. An interception and a field goal beat Baylor before a third-down conversion protected an evaporating lead against Missouri. A fourth-quarter comeback dispatched Texas Tech, and now, we have another.

Collin Klein carried Kansas State to a four-overtime win over Texas A&M, 53-50 in the Game of the Year in the Big 12, a week after K-State lost the last Game of the Year in the Big 12 to Oklahoma State.

Add it all up and you get a Kansas State team sitting at 8-2 and riding a dream season.

Texas A&M, meanwhile? The Aggies led 14-0 early and 31-21 midway through the fourth quarter. At 5-5, the Aggies have four losses with double-digit leads. Mike Sherman's seat will feel hotter than ever this week as the Aggies slip further into irrelevance. A top 10 preseason ranking and as one of the Big 12's most talented teams hasn't meant much this season.

It's tough to win in Manhattan, but the Aggies had this one.

Instead, Collin Klein used 61 touches (34 carries, 27 passes) to bring Kansas State back for another dramatic win. He finished with a career-high 281 yards passing. He ran for five touchdowns, bringing his season total to a staggering 24.

The intersection of the Big 12's most overachieving and underachieving team was explosive.

After 60 minutes and four overtimes, I'm not sure which wows me more.

What about you?