It wasn't pretty, but K-State posted a 23-10 win over Texas Christian to move to 10-0. With Alabama's loss to Texas A&M today, K-State could very well be the No. 1 team in the country tomorrow.
In a game that featured two stout defenses and two offenses that weren't on top of their game, K-State came away with a 23-10 win over Texas Christian. Combined with Alabama's loss earlier to Texas A&M, K-State should be No. 1 tomorrow.
Collin Klein started and played the entire game a week after an apparent concussion. While he guided K-State to a win that was never really in doubt, Klein didn't play at the level to which we've become accustomed. He rushed for 50 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, and was 12-21-1 for 145 yards and no touchdowns.
A large part of the offense's struggles can be directly attributed to TCU's defensive line play. Instead of having time to stand in the pocket and go through his reads, Klein was often harassed early, and there were few running lanes for John Hubert, Angelo Pease and Klein. TCU held K-State to 260 total yards, and 115 rushing yards, well below the Wildcats' season averages.
Much credit to TCU in this one. For a team that is struggling with youth and depth issues, the Horned Frogs are still a tough out. And they're only going to get tougher with experience.
But the most important thing is getting a win, and K-State got it. Now, at 10-0, we await tomorrow's polls. Oregon is about to kick off against overmatched Cal and will likely post an impressive win and move to No. 1 in the human polls. It will be interesting to see how the first-place votes are split tomorrow among K-State and Oregon. Also, Florida won and Notre Dame looks like it will post another unimpressive victory (the Fighting Irish lead 2-7 Boston College, 21-3, in the third quarter as I type this), and should remain ahead of the Ducks in the computers. K-State's previous opponents posted a 4-4 record today (Missouri State was off).
In any event, this is your celebration thread. It wasn't a resounding win, and there are injury concerns galore, but take a moment to enjoy this.