Kansas St. outlasts Texas

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by Matt Mitchell

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Posted on December 2, 2012 at 12:21 AM

  Collin Klein threw a touchdown pass and ran for two scores and Kansas State (No. 6 BCS, No. 7 AP) beat Texas (No. 18 BCS, No. 23 AP) 42-24 on Saturday night for its third conference title in 117 years and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl.

 

The Wildcats had never played for a conference championship in their last game at home, and had never had a player end the regular season in such close contention for the Heisman Trophy as Klein.

Neither of his main competitors, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel nor Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, played this weekend. So Klein, a multitalented senior, had the stage all to himself, one last chance to burnish his credentials for what would be Kansas State's first Heisman.

In front of their sixth sellout in seven home games, the Wildcats (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) tied their team record for victories in a season and matched Oklahoma's Big 12 record.

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