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CFN Analysis: Kansas State roars past Texas
Posted Dec 2, 2012

Kansas State surges in the second half to blow past the Longhorns

By Matt Zemek
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The Kansas State Wildcats needed one half to warm up on Saturday night. They needed to work through a ragged and uneven half that, on the raw merits, probably cost Collin Klein a Heisman Trophy that Johnny Manziel had already claimed on a political level. The horse-race pertaining to Heisman polls and politics can go to Manziel, though; Klein and his cool, composed Cats won something more precious within the context of team sports: a conference championship.

Texas was supposed to have a big, bad defense this season. Klein ran over, around, under, and through it in a vintage second-half display.

Oklahoma was supposed to have a thermonuclear offense this season. Kansas State's well-schooled defense contained and smothered it in September.

Because of those twin takedowns, little ol' Kansas State – without the sexy brand-name identity, residing in forgotten flyover country, removed from the media spotlight – eclipsed the elite schools in the Big 12 this season. Klein, head coach Bill Snyder, and the rest of a superb supporting cast managed to stand alone on the Great Central Plains, earning a Fiesta Bowl bid and a likely date with the Oregon Ducks in early January.

Against Texas, Kansas State proved to be more durable, more composed, more consistent, more resolute. Texas – given its pedigree and reputation – is supposed to be the team that leans on its opponents and wears them down both physically and mentally. Kansas State's ability to dish out such punishment to the Longhorns – instead of receiving it from Bevo's Boys – speaks so highly of Klein's craftsmanship at quarterback and Snyder's virtuosity in coaching his team.

Few programs have overachieved more than Kansas State in recent years. Appropriately, this team will receive a postseason stage and opponent worthy of its immense accomplishments this season.