Austin, Texas Collin Klein and Kansas State just keep finding ways to win.
A week after a wild overtime thriller, Klein and No. 16 Wildcats survived a dominating performance by the Texas defense for a rugged 17-13 victory despite gaining just 121 total yards.
Klein was clutch when he absolutely had to be.
Klein passed for a touchdown in the final seconds of the first half and capped a short drive in the third quarter with his 25th rushing touchdown of the season.
There weren’t many other highlights for Klein and the Wildcats (9-2, 6-2 Big 12), but it was enough for Kansas State’s fourth win in a row over the Longhorns. The Wildcats are the only Big 12 team with a winning record over Texas.
“I just love this team,” Klein said. “Bottom line is we made some plays.”
They didn’t make many.
Klein was sacked five times, held to four yards rushing — he came in averaging 101 — and completed nine of 17 passes in an offense that managed just eight first downs. He needs two more rushing touchdowns to tie the Big 12 season record set by Texas running back Ricky Williams in 1998.
“They just beat the tar out of us,” Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said of the UT defense.
Down 17-3 in the third, Texas (6-4, 3-4) had a chance to rally behind backup sophomore Case McCoy, who came in after freshman David Ash threw his second interception. The turnover set up Klein’s rushing touchdown.
McCoy led the Longhorns to a touchdown on his first drive, completing all three of his passes and a rollout 36-yard touchdown strike to tight end Blaine Irby.
“I really thought we had a chance to win until that last play was over,” Texas coach Mack Brown said.