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Klein, No.?4 K-State crush Texas Tech

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 07:41 PM
MANHATTAN, Kan. -

Collin Klein accounted for four touchdowns, Arthur Brown returned an interception 37 yards for another score and No. 4 Kansas State roughed up No. 15 Texas Tech 55-24 on Saturday.

Klein was 19 of 26 for 233 yards and two touchdowns, and he had 83 yards and two more scores on the ground — bolstering his credentials for the Heisman Trophy. Most of the offense came in the second half as the Wildcats (5-0 Big 12) blew open a 13-10 game to improve to 8-0 for the first time since 1999.

John Hubert added 64 yards and two rushing TDs, and Angelo Pease also scored for Kansas State.

Seth Doege threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns for the Red Raiders (6-2, 3-2), but he also had a costly interception. Doege had thrown for 13 touchdowns in wins over West Virginia and TCU the past two weeks to jump into the Heisman conversation.

Of course, Klein is a major part of that discussion.

The senior quarterback, now 19-4 as a starter, moved into seventh in Big 12 history with 49 touchdowns rushing. And his vastly improved passing game, a subject of ridicule last season, has helped the Wildcats pile up big points this year.

Doege completed six of his first eight passes. An encroachment penalty on third down kept the drive alive, and Doege finished it off with a 32-yard touchdown to Eric Ward.

The Kansas State defense provided a jolt late in the quarter when Meshak Williams delivered a crushing blindside hit on Doege, popping the ball loose.

Kansas State had to settle for Anthony Cantele's 34-yard field goal.

Ryan Bustin matched it with a 37-yarder to cap the Red Raiders' next possession, but Kansas State finally started humming. Hubert capped off its ensuing drive by winning a race to the pylon after to make it 10-10.

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