K-State’s Klein, Brown Earn Big 12 Weekly Honors
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Following an impressive 55-14 victory at No. 13 West Virginia on Saturday, Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein and linebacker Arthur Brown were named the Big 12 Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.
The honor was the second of the season for Klein (Miami) and the third of his career, while it was the first time Brown has been honored in 2012 and the second time in as many seasons. The Wildcats now have a Big 12-leading 14 player-of-the-week honors since the beginning of 2011, double the amount of the team in second place.
Klein, who was also named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week, accounted for seven touchdowns – including a career-best three through the air – and completed 19-of-21 passes for a career-high 323 yards (266.82 rating) against the Mountaineers. With his four rushing touchdowns against WVU, Klein set the NCAA FBS record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in two consecutive seasons with 41, while his career total of 47 surpassed Darren Sproles’ previous school record of 45. The senior has thrown for 1,397 yards and 10 touchdowns this season while rushing for 551 yards and 14 scores.
Brown led a K-State defense that held the prolific West Virginia offense to just 243 total yards, including 155 through the air. The Wichita, Kan., product carded eight tackles, including a pair for losses. He also registered his second career interception, which ended Geno Smith’s streak of consecutive passes without an interception at a NCAA record 273. The senior linebacker’s first career pick came against Baylor’s Robert Griffin III last season and ended the eventual Heisman Trophy winner’s consecutive passes streak without an interception (110).
Kansas State, ranked third in this week’s BCS standings, will take on 14th-ranked Texas Tech on Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The game, which kicks off at 2:30 p.m., serves as FOX’s College Football Game of the Week with Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Charles Davis (analyst) and Julie Alexandria (sidelines) on the call. The game can be heard on the K-State Sports Network as well as SIRIUS Satellite Radio channel 85 and XM channel 85.