Meanwhile, by the time Klein was done for the night, West Virginia's Geno Smith and the offense had done nothing. Smith finished the night 21 for 32 passing for 143 yards and was pulled in the fourth quarter with the game out of hand. He also threw his first interception since Dec. 1 of last year, then added another a series later.
West Virginia generated just 243 yards of offense.
"We just got beat every which way we could possibly get beat,'' offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said. "If I had any answers I would have used them early in the game.''
Kansas State really made just one mistake all night - trying to stick with its bread-and-butter running attack on the first drive of the game. Consider that the Wildcats ran the ball on five of their first six plays and had to settle for a field goal and a 3-0 lead. It should have been considered a victory for the WVU defense.
But Kansas State quickly realized the opportunity it had. The one pass in that opening drive was a 31-yarder from Klein to Tyler Lockett to convert a third down, and it was wide open. The next time the Wildcats got the ball, they incorporated the passing game into the game plan and it was off to the races.
Klein threw touchdown passes of 10 and 20 yards to Lockett and 21 yards to Chris Harper. He also ran for three 1-yard touchdowns and another from 8 yards.
Lockett caught nine passes for 194 yards and Harper six for 96.
The game was so lopsided that by the time Kansas State led 52-7, the total yardage was 473-102. Kansas State had 23 first downs to that point, WVU eight; and the Wildcats had allowed West Virginia to run just four plays in K-State territory.
Even the lone bright spot for West Virginia came with a caveat. When Tavon Austin returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, it gave the Mountaineers a spark. But by that time Kansas State had already scored 24 points, and because of Austin's return, it meant West Virginia's defense had to go right back on the field. And so it gave up an eight-play, 77-yard touchdown drive that made the score 35-7 at halftime.
As for Smith, the one-time Heisman front-runner is anything but that after throwing not one, but two interceptions. He did manage to break Trent Dilfer's record for consecutive passes thrown in a single season without an interception (273, two more than Dilfer), but his 274th was tipped and picked off by linebacker Arthur Brown.
That came on the first play of the second half and set up yet another touchdown. And then Smith threw just five more passes without an interception before suffering a second, by safety Ty Zimmerman.
Austin also scored WVU's other touchdown on a 5-yard pass from Smith in the fourth quarter.
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