|Chapman's three picks leads way on defense|
MANHATTAN, Kan. - There was some good and bad coming out of Saturday's 44-30 victory over Oklahoma State. The good was K-State improved to 9-0 and continues to be the team to beat in the Big 12 with a perfect 6-0 record. The bad is that Collin Klein suffered a wrist/hand injury.
They call him "Bubba" and after Saturday night, it's Mr. Allen "Bubba" Chapman.
"Allen made some tremendous plays. I'm proud of the way he played for the most part," said K-State coach Bill Snyder. "His enthusiasm to duplicate some of those plays got him into a pickle at other times, but the turnovers came at an appropriate time … dramatic times."
• 2nd quarter – Ty Zimmerman recovered a fumble that led to a John Hubert 5-yard touchdown.
• 2nd quarter – Allen Chapman returned an interception 29 yards for a touchdown
• 2nd quarter – Chapman intercepted pass
• 3rd quarter – Nigel Malone intercepted a pass that led to a Collin Klein 1-yard TD.
• 4th quarter – Chapman intercepts a pass in the end zone with 2:06 remaining.
"I'm a firm believer that mistakes make a large difference to your success. We work diligently to protect the football as well as we possibly can," said Snyder. "Getting turnovers is about being in the right position at the right time, and playing the schemes the way they're coached.
"It can be attacking the thrown ball, and playing an aggressive and physical game, which can force the ball being put on the ground," said Snyder.
Chapman's three picks was within one of the K-State single-game record set by Jaime Mendez in 1992 with four against Temple. Others with three interceptions in one game are Chris Canty, Robert Easterwood, C.J. Masters and Lyle Koontz.
The Wildcat turnover margin is now plus-20 in nine games this season, and in Big 12 play, its plus-18 – 19 take-aways and one lost fumble on a punt return.
KNOCK ON WOOD:
That includes 251 rushing attempts and 137 passing attempts.
TAKING IT THE DISTANCE:
"Before I went out there I was praying in my head, ‘Give me an opportunity, give me an opportunity,' and I was lucky I had an opportunity and then the other 10 players did their part, which included Tramaine (Thompson) leading me into the end zone."
Only Branden Banks has more career kickoff returns for scores in Big 12 history with five, while Lockett now has four.
With his returns – two for 127 yards on kickoffs and 0 on one return on punts, plus his pass catches – five for 75 yards, Lockett averaged 25-yards per touching of the football.
KLEIN ‘DOESN'T' GO THE DISTANCE:
Asked if Klein could have come back in the game, he said, "That wouldn't have been the right thing to do." Klein's game included 16-of-22 passing for 245 yards, plus rushing for 64 yards and one touchdown.
Klein now has 3,958 passing yards to rank 10th in KSU history and 2,263 rushing yards to rank 11th.
Daniel Sam's relieved Klein, plus Angelo Pease took snaps out of the "Wildcat" set in the final 22-plus minutes of the game. Same rushed for 20 yards and completed 5-of-6 passes for 45 yards, plus Angelo Pease rushed for the majority of his 72 yards out of a "Wildcat" formation late in the game.
"I just followed my blocks," said Pease. "I give full credit to my o-line."
K-STATE NO. 1:
K-State upped its count to 87 since 1999 with Tyler Lockett's 100-yard kickoff return, and, Allen Chapman's 29-yard interception. The ‘Cats have scored seven non-offensive touchdowns this year.
Next on the list are Texas with 84 and Virginia Tech with 83.