No. 6 K-State holds off Iowa State 27-21

Associated Press Modified: October 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm •  Published: October 13, 2012
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AMES, Iowa (AP) — Kansas State's offense is at its best when quarterback Collin Klein has the ball in his hands as much as possible.

The Wildcats defense doesn't mind it either.

Klein ran for 105 yards and three touchdowns and sixth-ranked Kansas State held off Iowa State 27-21 for its fifth straight win over the Cyclones.

Klein also threw for 187 yards for the Wildcats (6-0, 3-0 Big 12), who held the ball for over 40 minutes, converted on eight of 17 third downs and remained unbeaten heading into next week's showdown with West Virginia.

Kansas State held the Cyclones (4-2, 1-2) to just 231 yards of offense, in large part because Klein hardly ever let them touch the ball.

"It's an honor. It's a team game, though. It's about all 11 of us out there, it's about all 11 of us out there to execute, be calm in a high pressure situation," Klein said. "We were able to get some big, big first downs."

Iowa State still had a chance for the game-winning drive from its own 3-yard line with 2:17 left. But the Wildcats defense — no doubt as fresh as it could be in such a late spot — stopped the Cyclones on downs.

Jared Barnett threw for 166 yards and two TDs for Iowa State, which appears to be much better than many thought this season.

But like every team before them, the Cyclones had no answer for the methodical Klein.

"It was like he always does. He ran the ball well, the managed the ballgame well, threw the ball reasonably. His leadership was good," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said.

Saturday's win was a vintage performance by Klein, who outgained the Cyclones by himself and showed why he's among the nation's best quarterbacks on the run.

One play in particular told the story of the day. Facing third-and-long deep in Iowa State territory, Klein hung in a collapsing pocket long enough for the right side of the field to open up. He bounced out of trouble and, with defenders going the other way, darted 12 yards to put Kansas State up 24-14 with 49 seconds left in the third quarter.

"Patience. He followed his blocks, and sometimes even when there wasn't a hole he just waited it out. You know, he's not a hard runner. He's a tough runner," Iowa State linebacker Jeremiah George said. "He's not going to bruise you around. He's just going to wait, wait, wait."

But to its credit, Iowa State simply wouldn't go away.

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