MORGANTOWN - Maybe in the Big 12 they're wagon wheels.
Whatever the case, though, they've fallen off of West Virginia's football team. They've fallen off West Virginia's football season.
On Saturday night, No. 4 Kansas State brought a well-drilled, well-disciplined army of players to Milan Puskar Stadium. WVU brought street fighters.
It was no match.
The result was a 55-14 Wildcat decision that perpetuated a stunning Mountaineer free-fall that started last Saturday in a 49-14 loss to Texas Tech.
WVU is no longer a national title contender. WVU is no longer a Big 12 contender. Geno Smith is no longer the Heisman Trophy front-runner. That probably now defines his counterpart in Saturday's game, Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein.
Was Klein spectacular?
West Virginia's defense appeared so pathetic, especially against the pass, almost any FBS quarterback could pick it apart as if a turkey carcass on Thanksgiving.
And Klein feasted Saturday night. And feasted. He completed 19 of 21 passes for 323 yards. He had 41 rushing yards. Oh, and he had seven combined touchdowns.
One could say it was like the 6-foot-5, 226-pound senior quarterback took candy from a baby. That, however, is incorrect. Babies at least give a tug.
The Mountaineer defense provided no resistance whatsoever Saturday night. It hasn't all year. And defensive coordinator Joe DeForest hasn't prompted a drop of improvement.
Yes, his unit has had setbacks. Cornerback Brodrick Jenkins was injured and out of Saturday's game. Freshman Nana Kyeremeh started at cornerback for Jenkins. Big end Will Clarke was missing for most of the night and replaced by Kyle Rose in the starting lineup.
It seemed as if the coaches were trying anything.
"We probably played in the neighborhood of 30 guys on defense," said WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen.
At backup slots, Shaq Petteway replaced Tyler Anderson at buck, Jared Barber replaced Jewone Snow at weak-side linebacker and Nick Kwiatkoski took Snow's place behind Isaiah Bruce at strong-side linebacker.