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Big 12 football: Can a beat up Collin Klein lead K-State to the conference title?

by Berry Tramel Published: November 30, 2012
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The Big Bowl is no longer possible for Kansas State. A Heisman Trophy for Collin Klein seems unlikely.

But the Big 12 championship remains a special carrot for the Wildcats.

Not counting four Kansas Collegiate Conference titles won before World War I, K-State has two league championships to its credit: 1934 and 2003.

Beat Texas on Saturday night, and K-State is the Big 12 champ. Even if OU beats TCU and forges a tie atop the standings, the Wildcats will be the recognized champs, by virtue of their September win in Norman.

But beating Texas might not be easy. K-State's offense has lost its steam since Klein suffered a concussion in the second half against Oklahoma State on Nov. 3.

Klein went to the bench that night in Manhattan with 29 touchdowns rushing or passing and just three turnovers. In the two games since, KSU is 1-1 and Klein has four TDs and four turnovers.

K-State coach Bill Snyder said Klein's play hasn't declined. “Maybe the numbers have not been as prolific as they have been, but Collin has really played well,” Snyder said.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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