Austin Hays races to the end zone ahead of Kansas State defensive back Nigel Malone to score a touchdown. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Nov. 3, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Collin Klein piled up more than 300 yards of offense before leaving in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury, and No. 3 Kansas State remained unbeaten with a 44-30 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday night.
Klein had thrown for 245 yards and run for 64 more before sneaking in for his 50th career rushing touchdown with 9:47 left in the third quarter. The Heisman Trophy front-runner didn't return to the field on the Wildcats' next offensive series.
Oklahoma State's Wes Lunt also left with an injury. The freshman quarterback, who missed six weeks with a knee injury earlier this year, threw for 184 yards and a touchdown before giving way to Clint Chelf.
The Cowboys were picked off four times. Charlie Moore led the Cowboys with seven receptions for 135 yards and a touchdown.
Allen Chapman picked off three passes and returned one 29 yards for a touchdown, John Hubert had a pair of TD runs, and Tyler Lockett returned a kickoff 100 yards for another score as Kansas State kept alive its hopes of playing for a national championship.
The Wildcats entered the weekend No. 2 in the BCS standings behind Alabama.
Chelf finished 16 of 27 for 233 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys (5-3, 3-2).
This one was just about as wild as last season's matchup in Stillwater, when the Cowboys held on in the final minutes after the teams combined for 32 fourth-quarter points.
Oklahoma State struck first when Lunt hit Austin Hays for a 54-yard touchdown reception, but the Wildcats came back with 17 unanswered points - Hubert's two touchdown runs were sandwiched around the first of Anthony Cantele's three field goals.
"I'm really disappointed in myself, in our coaches, in the way we played," Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said. "You travel on the road, and you play a good football team, and you turn the ball over, you're poor on special teams and you don't tackle well, you essentially don't give yourself a chance to win."
Quinn Sharp added the first of his three field goals to get the Cowboys within 17-10 before the fireworks really started: Lockett field the ensuing kickoff deep in his end zone and went the distance for his fourth career TD return, and Desmond Roland answered by fielding a short kickoff by Kansas State and going 80 yards for another touchdown return.
Chapman's pick-six made it 31-17 at halftime.
The Cowboys had the ball to start the second half, but a turnover gave the ball to the Wildcats.
"It came down to a couple possessions, and we turned the ball over, and you're not going to win like that," Chelf said. "We definitely had to play better than we did."
The Wildcats scored on a Klein run from a yard out to make it 38-17, but he also left the game with an injury. Daniel Sams played the rest of the way for Kansas State.
Sharp and Cantele traded field goals before Chelf hit Charlie Moore for a 13-yard touchdown catch to get the Cowboys within 41-27. The two kickers traded field goals again before Cantele missed from 24 yards to give Oklahoma State the ball with 4 1/2 minutes left in the game.
The Cowboys marched to the Kansas State 8, but Chapman picked off a pass in the end zone.
"It was a tough loss and everything, but they played great," running back Joseph Randle said. "They're deserving of where they're at, 9-0, and they played a great game."