Wildcat victory over Red Raiders keeps championship hopes alive

By Joshua Kinder

Kansas State did its part, again, cruising to a 55-24 victory over No. 15 Texas Tech on Saturday at the sold-out Bill Snyder Family Stadium to keep its perfect season and its chase for the national championship intact.

The Wildcats improved to 8-0 to start a season for the first time since 1999 when they finished 11-1 and played in the Holiday Bowl.

But K-State — ranked No. 3 in the BCS — also got a little help Saturday afternoon when Georgia knocked off previously-unbeaten and second-ranked Florida, 17-9.

K-State’s win, coupled with Florida’s loss, should push the Wildcats into No. 2 spot in the BCS standings that will be released later tonight on ESPN.

Oregon, also unbeaten and ranked No. 4, had no trouble with Colorado, blowing out the Buffaloes 70-14 to keep its title hopes alive. Notre Dame, ranked No. 5 in the BCS, defeated Oklahoma 30-13 on Saturday night and also remains in the hunt.

It’s that point in the season now when there’s an awful lot of scoreboard watching going on, though, both on gameday and when the polls are released each week.

K-State quarterback Collin Klein — who entered the weekend as the Heisman front-runner and did nothing to hurt his cause with 316 total yards and four touchdowns — said any focus right now that isn’t directed toward the next game, is nothing but a distraction.

“It’s human nature to be complacent or to look ahead, try to take the easy way out of things,” he said. “But that’s something I want to, and we want to, fight daily. We just need to deal with Oklahoma State next week.”

Klein said isn’t naive either.

“In this day and age, you can’t not know what’s going on,” he said. “But it’s how you respond to that information and proceed.”

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