Thursday, February 14, 2013
The best individual games of 2012: No. 5
By David Ubben
We're counting down the 10 best individual games of any Big 12 player in 2012. Bowl games and nonconference play count, but these are the performances that topped them all at the end of the season.
No. 5: Kansas State QB Collin Klein vs. West Virginia
Date: Oct. 20, 2012
Why it's on the list: This might be the most efficient offensive game of the entire season. Klein is not exactly Tom Brady, but he completed over 90 percent (19-of-21) of his passes for 323 yards, his only 300-yard game of the season. The status as Heisman Trophy front-runner was up for grabs in this midseason Big 12 showdown, and Klein stole the title from Geno Smith in rousing fashion, leading WVU coach Dana Holgorsen to drop this nugget after the game regarding Klein:
"He doesn't do anything wrong," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said of Klein. "He's hard to tackle. He gets them in good plays. He doesn't turn the ball over. You can say what you want to about the throwing motion, but it goes exactly where he wants it go. He's a good football player."
Well said. Kansas State settled for a field goal on its opening drive, but Klein led K-State to touchdowns on its next seven drives. Even more impressive? Klein accounted for every one of them, rushing for four touchdowns and 41 yards and connecting on three touchdown passes, including two that went for at least 20 yards. Klein stole the status of Heisman front-runner and held it for the next month, but this game also made it clear that K-State was by far the best team in the Big 12 and wrangling the league title away from the Wildcats would be a tall, tall task.
The rest of the list: