Saturday, October 6, 2012
Third-quarter spurt gives 'Cats blowout win
By David Ubben
After the first half, did anyone expect Collin Klein to sit the entire fourth quarter? Kansas State led by just 7 at halftime, and a good effort from Kansas had the Jayhawks dreaming of an upset.
A nightmarish third quarter ended that pretty quickly and gave Kansas State the blowout win most expected, rolling to a 56-16 win while Klein watched from the sidelines after a Heisman-worthy effort, accounting for four touchdowns.
He completed 7-of-14 passes for 129 yards and two scores, and needed just 10 rushing attempts to top 100 yards, finishing with 116 yards and two touchdowns.
Meanwhile, his running mate in the backfield, John Hubert, rushed for four touchdowns of his own, finishing with 101 yards on 10 carries.
After a safety got Kansas to within 28-16, it all unraveled for the Jayhawks, who fumbled the ensuing kickoff. Hubert ran 32 yards on the next play, and Kansas State scores two more touchdowns on its next five offensive plays, jumping out to a 49-16 lead after three quarters while KU's offense sputtered.
Dayne Crist threw interceptions on consecutive pass attempts in the third quarter, and added a fumble to the special teams miscue. By game's end, Kansas had given up five turnovers while forcing none.
It's pretty obvious: A four-touchdown underdog on the road can't do that kind of thing and expect not to get blown out. That's exactly what happened.
Kansas State makes its living on taking advantage of opponents' mistakes. KU made precious little in the first half, and led the game, 14-7 early in the second quarter. Its offense wouldn't score again.
Kansas State scored the game's final seven touchdowns and put it well out of reach, staying undefeated and looking every bit the part of a Big 12 title contender, if not the favorite to this point. It also showed off some uncharacteristic explosiveness. Six of the Wildcats' first eight touchdown drives took fewer than four plays to reach the end zone. The other two took just six plays.
Kansas, meanwhile, looked like the team most expected before the season: One that would find it difficult to win a Big 12 game this year.
If that eventually happens this season, Kansas won't be doing it with five turnovers.