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Loss to K-State continues ugly trend for UT

December, 2, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- The curtain unceremoniously came down on Texas' 2012 regular season.

The guillotine might soon follow.

There is a feeling that heads might roll after Texas finished with an 8-4 record, just one loss better than last season's mark, with a Cotton Bowl game against a top-10 team from the SEC to go. Not the head that wears the crown, mind you.

Texas coach Mack Brown has enough cachet and hubris to remain committed to the program. (Earlier this week he stated "for the 19th time" he is not stepping away.) That alone might be maddening enough for some portion of the fan base to be committed to a room with rubber walls.

As for the ceiling Texas continues to hit -- well, it is real and apparently impervious. Not even a change at quarterback could alter things. Texas still lost to a top-10 team -- 42-24 to No. 6 Kansas State (11-1 overall, 8-1 Big 12) in front of 50,912 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday night -- just in a different, slightly less of a ho-hum fashion.

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MANHATTAN, Kan. -- What was being billed as the biggest home game in Kansas State history turned into the biggest Wildcats home win in history. Faced with the opportunity to win a conference title for only the third time in school history, make it to a BCS bowl game and quite possibly push senior leader Collin Klein to the front of the Heisman line, Kansas State delivered on at least the first two with its 42-24 win over Texas. As for the Heisman, that will have to wait. Despite the win, the odds of grabbing the school's first remain quite long.

It was over when: Kansas State wide receiver Tyler Lockett grabbed a 55-yard touchdown pass to start the fourth quarter and put the Wildcats up 28-17. The play-action pass was set up by the Wildcats' previous drive, in which Klein kept the ball on the ground for the majority of the 67-yard drive.

Stat of the game: After being held to just 114 yards in the first half and with Klein's play largely pedestrian to start the game, KSU scored the first three times it touched the ball in the second half. Kansas State put together scoring drives of 75, 67 and 55 yards to pull away from Texas.

Stat of the game, part 2: Texas quarterback Case McCoy completed 17 straight passes after starting the game with an incompletion and an interception. Texas had not had a quarterback complete 17 straight since Case's brother, Colt, did it. Colt McCoy holds the record for completions with 18 straight.

Game ball goes to: Although Klein did not put up the stats necessary to wow Heisman voters, his senior leadership steadied KSU in the second half and his command of the offense allowed the Wildcats to pull away. Klein was 4-of-10 passing for 72 yards with an interception in the first half, adding 19 yards rushing and a touchdown. Klein came out and rushed for 54 yards in the third quarter alone and was 3-of-3 passing for 57 yards in that quarter.

What it means for Texas: The Longhorns appear to be entrenched in the Cotton Bowl. Texas will finish third in the Big 12 behind Kansas State and Oklahoma. Both those teams should go to BCS bowls, leaving Texas as the clear choice for the Cotton Bowl. Texas' likely opponent is LSU, but there is a scenario that would allow Georgia to come to the Cotton Bowl.

What it means for KSU: For only the third time in school history, the Wildcats have won a conference title, with the previous coming in 2003. The other occasion was 1934. While Klein did not do himself any favors in Heisman voting, the team did wrap up a bid to the Fiesta Bowl.