After a 10-3 season a year ago and an uneven but occasionally spectacular 3-0 start this season, nobody was entirely sure what to expect from K-State. But we knew that the trip to Norman to face Oklahoma would quickly let us know.
And let us know it did. K-State became the first ranked team to beat Bob Stoops at Owen Field, leaving the Sooner State with a 24-19 win.
Collin Klein's numbers weren't spectacular, but as usual, he was the glue that held the team together, the straw that stirred the drink, the capstone in the arch. Klein was 13-21-0 for 149 yards, and ran for 79 yards on 17 carries (with one TD). Those may not be numbers that scream "Heisman contender," but this was the type of win that screams exactly that.
Special recognition goes to Klein's backfield mate, John Hubert, who once again exceeded 100 yards rushing with 130 yards on 23 carries. All that resulted in only one rushing touchdown for Hubert, but what a spectacular run it was. Hubert ran into what seemed like a wall in the middle of the line, juked Oklahoma linebacker Tom Wort out of his jock, and bulled his way into the end zone for the game-sealing score.
Any game recap would be remiss if it didn't make special mention of the defense. K-State held Oklahoma under 400 yards for the game, sacked Landry Jones twice and intercepted him once. Even better, Justin Tuggle and Jarrell Childs combined for a sack/fumble/touchdown in the first quarter to get K-State on the board. Ty Zimmerman had a huge interception and just missed another. Arthur Brown was all over the field. Allen Chapman hit and wrapped up to limit yardage after catches.
And don't forget Ryan Doerr. K-State punted five times tonight, and five times it pinned OU inside its 20-yard line.
With the win, K-State has asserted itself as a clear contender for the Big 12 Conference championship this season. K-State now takes a week off before meeting 1-3 KU in the Sunflower Showdown in Manhattan.
Every. Man. A. Wildcat.