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Wildcat report Wildcat report: K-State 55, West Virginia 14

  • Published Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at 11:40 p.m.

First quarter

Key play: Collin Klein threw a lob pass to Tyler Lockett in the corner of the end zone to put K-State ahead 10-0.

Key stat: Klein threw for 118 yards and a touchdown.

Second quarter

Key play: Tavon Austin returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown for West Virginia’s first score of the game.

Key stat: Klein threw for 108 yards in the period.

Third quarter

Key play: Brown became the first player to intercept Geno Smith this season.

Key stat: Chris Harper had 46 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Fourth quarter

Key play: Tavon Austin scored West Virginia’s first offensive touchdown on a run.

Key stat: All but a few thousand fans remained in the stands at the start of the quarter, despite the game being a sellout.

Report card

Offense: A+. Klein, Lockett and Harper torched West Virginia’s soft pass defense, but K-State’s running game stayed effective. Klein scored seven touchdowns. The offense scored every time it possessed the ball before the third quarter. It was a perfect night.

Defense: A+. Not only did Brown and Ty Zimmerman intercept Smith, K-State’s defense held West Virginia without an offensive touchdown before the fourth quarter.

Special teams: B. The only time West Virginia showed life in the first half was on a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Coaching: A+. This game went exactly the way Bill Snyder hoped it would. K-State was dominant from start to finish.

Player of the game

Collin Klein. He is the man to beat for the Heisman Trophy.

Reason to hope

K-State has won what looked like its two most difficult road games coming into the season.

Reason to mope

Something is wrong with you if you’re upset after that performance.

Looking ahead

Texas Tech comes to Manhattan for what could be the Wildcats’ toughest remaining game. The No. 18 Red Raiders pounded West Virginia last week and beat TCU in three overtimes Saturday.

Notes

•  Harper had some choice words for K-State’s critics after the game. In particular, he was upset with ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith labeling the Wildcats as “mediocre” last week. “We looked real mediocre today,” Harper said. “I hope they were watching.”

•  For the first time, Snyder acknowledged that Collin Klein has a chance of winning the Heisman Trophy. What would that mean for the program? “It would be wonderful for everybody,” he said.

•  Guests at Saturday’s game included six NFL scouts and bowl representatives from four bowl games – the Alamo, Fiesta, Sugar and Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas.

•  Nick Puetz played at left guard for the first time since suffering an injury early in the season.

•  Arthur Brown has two of the most notable interceptions of the past two seasons. He was the first defender to pick off Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III last year in a win over Baylor. And he was the first person to intercept Geno Smith this season.

“What a coincidence,” Brown said. “I’m just thankful that I was in the right position to make a play.”

•  Ty Zimmerman has made an interception in four straight games, the longest streak of any K-State player during the Snyder era.

— Kellis Robinett

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