- David Ubben, College Football
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- That was about as complete a beatdown as you'll see in the Big 12.
Kansas State dominated from start to finish and rolled to a 55-14 victory Saturday. Here's a little instant analysis:
It was over when: Kansas State answered a Tavon Austin 100-yard kickoff return with yet another touchdown to take a 31-7 lead with 17 seconds left in the first half. It was West Virginia's only sign of life all night, and Kansas State stomped it out systematically.
Game ball goes to: Collin Klein. He took control of the Heisman race with a virtuoso performance against an overmatched defense, carrying the Cats to the blowout. He finished with 323 yards on 19-of-21 passing and rushed for 41 yards. He accounted for seven touchdowns (three passing, four rushing). It was his first game with three touchdowns of each variety.
Stat of the game: Kansas State scored on its first eight drives of the game, including seven consecutive touchdown drives after settling for a field goal on the opening possession. When the streak ended, K-State led 52-7.
Stat of the game 2: Geno Smith broke Trent Dilfer's NCAA record with 273 passes without an interception to start the season, but Arthur Brown ended that run on Smith's first attempt of the second half. Brown also was the first player to intercept last year's Heisman winner, Robert Griffin III, in the fourth game of the year.
What West Virginia learned: Woof. What is wrong with the offense? Hey, the defense figured to have issues coming into the season, but the offense has just disappeared, going scoreless until the game was well out of hand. This after managing only seven relevant points in last week's blowout loss to Texas Tech. The Mountaineers are reeling, and both sides of the ball are in trouble.
What Kansas State learned: It just might have what it takes to go all the way. There are plenty of quality teams left on the schedule, but the Wildcats will be favored the rest of the way and look very capable of going undefeated. Plus, unlike in the 1998 season, there's no Big 12 championship game at the end if the Cats do win out.