One of my top five K-State games is a victory that clinched a share of Bill Snyder’s second Big 12 championship. I consider it an outright championship, however, because while K-State tied with Oklahoma, the Wildcats beat Oklahoma in Norman earlier in the season 24-19.
The Big 12 did not have a championship game in 2012, so the Texas game was the de facto championship game for K-State. Win the game and they clinched a share of the title. There was a lot on the line in this one. K-State was ranked number six going in and Texas was ranked number 18.
K-State trailed at halftime 10-7, but dominated the second half for a 42-24 victory. Collin Klein passed for 184 yards and rushed for 103. It also marked the fifth straight victory for K-State against the Longhorns.
I found the entire broadcast of the game on YouTube:
I also found a highlight video here:
The victory and tiebreaker over Oklahoma meant K-State headed to the Fiesta Bowl, where they lost to Oregon 35-17. K-State finished the season 11-2 overall and 8-1 in the conference, with their only losses to Oregon and at Baylor.
Here’s a video I took of the clinching touchdown against Texas from our seats in the stadium:
And the post game celebration:
I hope there are a few more celebrations like this during the Klieman era!