Cats make big jump to No. 15/14

By The Mercury

Collin Klein and Kansas State are demanding to be taken seriously — again.

The Wildcats were surprising upstarts last season, winning 10 games and getting to the Cotton Bowl after being picked to finish in the bottom half of the Big 12. K-State won eight games by seven points or less. Luck or skill?

The Wildcats are making a case for the latter. Klein accounted for four touchdowns in a 52-13 victory over Miami on Saturday. The rout moved them up six spots in the AP Top 25 to No. 15.

K-State also climbed six spots in the USA Today coaches poll to No. 14.

Klein has a Tebow-esque style. He ran for 27 touchdowns last season, but wasn’t a consistent passing threat.

Against, Miami he ran for three scores and 71 yards, but passed for 210 yards.

“He’s improved at everything, because he works diligently to get better at everything,” coach Bill Snyder said. “He’s better in the passing game, he’s gotten better in leadership, managing the game. I mean, he’s just a guy who works diligently to get better, and he’s done that across the board.”

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