Lot’s of good news on the K-State football front tonight as the Wildcats complete one quarter of play. The biggest is that Collin Klein is the starting quarterback for the game against TCU. Klein has been far from perfect thus far, only completing three of seven passes with no touchdowns and an interception. However, he’s still thrown for 80 yards for 11.4 yards per attempt (he currently leads the conference with 10 yards per attempt, although Klein typically completes around 70 percent of his throws.)
The bigger story is that Klein is doing damage through the ground game. Through one quarter of play Klein has averaged 6.2 yards per run on his way to racking up 31 yards and a touchdown. Bill Snyder is obviously not worried about Klein’s health and has him running straight at the TCU defense. Last year Klein received a lot of carries in spite of injury, but this year John Hubert and, to a lesser extent, Angelo Pease have proven effective enough that Klein isn’t expected to shoulder the entire load, which has led to significantly fewer carries this year. When you see him with the football now, it’s because Snyder wants to – not because he has to.
In addition to Klein’s seven yard touchdown run, Anthony Cantele has remained tremendously consistent and added a 41-yard field goal to put K-State up 10-0. However, TCU is charging and has looked unstoppable on their current drive. We start the second quarter with the Horned Frogs positioned at the K-State 28 yard line.