October 20, 2012. The Kansas State Wildcats had risen to #4 in the polls, but were still widely questioned despite wins at Norman and over the Miami Hurricanes. The week before, West Virginia -- marching through their first season in the Big 12 -- had been #5 in the country before suffering a beatdown in Lubbock.
Despite these events, the narrative was that the Mountaineers had simply stumbled; Geno Smith was too much of a talent to be shut down two games in a row, K-State's secondary wasn't up to the task, and the Wildcat offense was too primitive to depend on. Collin Klein was still widely seen as just an okay game-manager.
Then he unloaded on West Virginia, on their home turf no less.
Two weeks later, K-State was #1 in the country; at season's end West Virginia ended up in the Pinstripe Bowl. And here's how it all happened, in this week's Campus Classic courtesy of our friends at Campus Insiders.