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Klein man to beat as K-State rolls

Kansas State QB Collin Klein celebrates a first-half touchdown, one of seven he accounted for.

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Kansas State QB Collin Klein celebrates a first-half touchdown, one of seven he accounted for.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The final touchdown pass drew only a slight first pump from Collin Klein. It was still the third quarter, but Mountaineer Field was half-empty. Most of the West Virginia fans had seen enough of a game that had turned into a Heisman campaign ad for the Kansas State quarterback.

Klein threw for a career-high 323 yards and three touchdowns and ran for four scores as No. 4 Kansas State got little resistance from No. 17 West Virginia in a 55-14 victory Saturday night. Klein completed 19 of 21 passes, and added 41 yards rushing.

"I think we all felt comfortable tonight," he said. "The coaches did a great job of building a game plan and putting us in positions to succeed."

The Wildcats scored on their first eight possessions, including seven straight touchdowns.

"He doesn't do anything wrong," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said of Klein. "He's hard to tackle. He gets them in good plays. He doesn't turn the ball over."

It was no surprise the Mountaineers were awful on defense; they have been all season. For the second straight game, though, quarterback Geno Smith and the offense did nothing to keep it close.

Smith threw his first two interceptions of the season — thought he did set the NCAA single-season record of 272 attempts without one — and was 21 for 32 for 143 yards. The senior has gone from Heisman Trophy front-runner to longshot in two weeks.

"We talked about it all week. Don't get impatient," Holgorsen said. "…"We're trying to score 14 points in one play."

Michigan milestone

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan and Michigan State play for one of the ugliest trophies in sports, a 4-foot high Paul Bunyan.

The Wolverines, though, couldn't have been happier to finally welcome back the battered wooden lumberjack statue.

Brendan Gibbons made a 38-yard field goal with five seconds left, lifting No. 23 Michigan past Michigan State 12-10.

It was the 900th win for Michigan, most of any school.

"That wasn't the focus for the week," coach Brady Hoke said. "It was playing a great rivalry game, a game in our division that was important to win."

Texas is second in Division I-A with 862 wins.

The Wolverines beat their state rival for the first time since 2007 to avoid a school-record, five-game skid in the series.

The Spartans took the lead on Dan Conroy's 19-yard field goal with 5:48 left after a fake punt kept the possession alive.

"It was a tough game, a classic game," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. "I'm proud of our team. I can live with it. I don't like it, but it's all you can ask sometimes."

NO. 5 NOTRE DAME 17, BYU 14: Theo Riddick pounded his way for a career-high 143 yards and Cierre Wood added 114 yards as the host Fighting Irish overpowered a Brigham Young defense that entered the game third in the nation against the run. Riddick had runs of 55 and 27, the two longest rushes of his career, to pace Notre Dame, which at 7-0 is off to its best start in a decade and has a big game ahead this coming week at No. 10 Oklahoma. "As a team, this was special," Riddick said. "We showed that we can run the ball."

NO. 10 OKLA. 52, KANSAS 7: Roy Finch, who has seen his role decrease in the offense, returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, completing the first tandem in Oklahoma history to score on a punt and a kickoff in the same game during a rout of the visiting Jayhawks. "I'm not really in the rotation on offense a lot, but we have a lot of playmakers that can make plays and I feel like I'm one of those playmakers on the team," Finch said. Justin Brown, a transfer from Penn State, provided the first half of the unique double dip by returning a punt 90 yards.

NO. 11 USC 50, COLORADO 6: Matt Barkley and Robert Woods rewrote the school record book (see notebook) and the host Trojans won their fourth straight since their only loss, at Stanford. USC's second home game in seven weeks turned into the preseason No. 1 team's most lopsided of the season.

NO. 18 TEXAS TECH 56, TCU 53, 3 OT: The visiting Red Raiders needed every one of Seth Doege's career-best seven touchdown passes, the last one an 8-yarder to Alex Torres in the third overtime. After the Red Raiders blew a 10-point lead late in regulation, Doege threw for a touchdown in each of the three overtimes. TCU, the Big 12 newcomer, has lost consecutive home games in a season for the first time since 1998. "Welcome to the Big 12," coach Gary Patterson said. "I do believe this: I believe we proved we can play in it. Are we unhappy we lost? Yes, but it was a heck of a game."

NO. 22 STANFORD 21, CAL 3: The visiting Cardinal overwhelmed its biggest rival for a third straight victory in the Big Game. Stanford outgained California 475-217, outrushed the Golden Bears 252-3 and never lost its grip on the coveted Stanford Axe, which players paraded around the turf while Bears fans exited in silence. "This is a blueprint game," said Stanford coach David Shaw, in his second year. "This is what we want to do."

NO. 24 BOISE ST. 32, UNLV 7: Cornerbacks Jamar Taylor and Jerrell Gavins shut down the Rebels' corps of fast, young receivers, accounted for two turnovers and teamed on a second-quarter touchdown as the host Broncos cruised. The Broncos held the Rebels to 210 yards and forced three turnovers.

Around the nation

WISCONSIN 38, MINN. 13: James White ran 15 times for 175 yards and three touchdowns and Montee Ball gained 166 yards on 24 attempts and two fourth-quarter scores as the host Badgers won Paul Bunyan's Axe for the ninth straight time.

NAVY 31, INDIANA 30: Keenan Reynolds completed a 4-yard touchdown to Matt Aiken with 2:02 to play and Nick Sloan added the point after as the host Midshipmen rallied.

OKLA. ST. 31, IOWA ST. 10: J.W. Walsh, who took over at quarterback after fellow freshman Wes Lunt got hurt early in the season, threw for 415 yards for the host Cowboys. He threw for one touchdown and ran for another.

NEBRASKA 29, N'WESTERN 28: Taylor Martinez threw for 342 yards and three TDs as the visiting Cornhuskers rallied from 12 down in the fourth quarter. Nebraska hung on when Northwestern's Jeff Budzien missed a 53-yard field goal with 1:10 left.

TEXAS 56, BAYLOR 50: Joe Bergeron ran for five touchdowns for the host Longhorns, who won another wild one in the Big 12. Bergeron was one TD short of Heisman Trophy-winning running back Ricky Williams's mark. The Bears missed a chance to get a third straight win over Texas for the first time in a rivalry dating to 1901.

PENN STATE 38, IOWA 14: Bill Belton ran for 103 yards and three touchdowns as the Nittany Lions won their fifth straight and beat the Hawkeyes in Iowa City for the first time in 13 years.

Klein man to beat as K-State rolls 10/20/12 [Last modified: Sunday, October 21, 2012 1:45am]

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