The Texas Longhorns and the Kansas State Wildcats met up in Manhattan, Kansas for the Big 12‘s regular season finale on Saturday night. After the loss to the TCU Horned Frogs on Thanksgiving Day, the Horns came out looking like a completely different team. The looked inspired; putting pressure on Wildcats QB, Collin Klein and looked like a team that wanted to go out with a 9-3 record. But this was the all left in the first half, the Wildcats came out with a purpose after the break and never looked back, winning 42-24.
Not only was a Big 12 championship on the line for the Wildcats, but it was Klein’s last shot at impressing the Heisman voters before next week. Klein’s numbers weren’t the best in the first half, but he played much better as the second half played out. It wasn’t exactly what one would call a Heisman performance, but the win and his comeback effort for the Wildcats was impressive. Especially if you saw Klein’s 55-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett early in the 4th quarter to put them up, 28-17. The only bad play he really had on the night was a pick in the first half.
The Wildcats ended the season with an 11-1 record and officially the Big 12 champions. I know that they are saying it will be a shared title due to the number of conference wins, but they did beat the Oklahoma Sooners outright. This is exactly why the Big 12 needs to expand and renew the conference championship game. But that’s a whole other topic…
It may not have been a big enough performance in the end for Klein, who ended with a total of 284 yards and three touchdowns, but he most certainly deserves to make the trip to New York City. And Bill Snyder hopefully earned himself another Big 12 Coach of the Year award.