Kansas State should not be taken lightly

By Patrick Schmidt

Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein flew under the radar last season en route to a Big 12 record 27 rushing touchdowns that tied former Texas and Heisman winning running back Ricky Williams for the most in a season.

This season, he and his team had to come out and prove that the success of the 2011 season was not a fluke. Struggling for the first three quarters against Missouri State in the opener before exploding in the fourth quarter suggests that the team rested on their laurels a bit and underestimated their opponent.

Their week two game vs. Miami was a game I highlighted as one of the top games to watch this weekend because I was curious to see how Klein and company would respond to a challenge from a team from a major conference.

The Wildcats wasted no time this week as they raced out to a 24-3 lead over the former super power. Klein rushed for two scores and threw for another in the first half, operating behind an offensive line that gave him time to throw as well as open holes for he and the Kansas State rushing attack that punished the Miami defense with 289 yards on the ground and six touchdowns.

The offensive line gets credit for their run blocking in this offense, but they need to be praised for their pass blocking today on a day when Klein completed nine of 11 passes for 210 yards.  That is a 19.1 average per completion as four passes were completed for more than 27 yards.

Another unit that needs mentioning is the Kansas State front seven because they held Miami running back Duke Johnson to a paltry 22 yards one week after he exploded on the scene with 135 yards on seven carries vs. Boston College.

The 52-13 win proves to me this Kansas State team is more than a one man show and will be a force when the Big 12 season gets underway.

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Patrick is a diehard Chicago sports and avid college football fan, and the host of “The Wake-up Call,” a weekly sports show on Sportstownchicago.com Wednesday mornings from 8-10.  View his show’s website here.

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