Collin Klein embraced Bill Snyder, flower in palm and adoring throng of 50,000 all around him on a sprightly night during Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Dec. 1, 2012.
Kansas State’s quarterback/head manager twin common a brief cuddle and message, afterwards Klein jogged off to join a rest of his comparison teammates in a comparison night rite that preceded K-State’s competition opposite Texas, with a Big 12 pretension unresolved in a balance.
Three hours later, Snyder — his heading windbreaker shower from a celebratory Gatorade bath that former defensive finish Ryan Mueller attempted unsuccessfully to assistance him equivocate — waded by a throng of his ecstatic players to shake Texas manager Mack Brown’s hand, a ritual before K-State used a margin to applaud a 42-24, title-clinching win.
“I conclude him so much, obviously,” Klein pronounced of Snyder, “and have schooled so most from him, and how most he’s finished for not usually myself, though all of a immature guys and my teammates and all of that. (The pregame embrace) was an implausible impulse and one that I’ll remember forever.”
On Saturday, K-State faces Texas again.
The implications this time are distant different. Snyder stays a conduct coach, and Klein will support him as a co-offensive coordinator, though a Wildcats aren’t personification for a discussion crown.
Instead, they’re seeking a much-needed victory.
K-State (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) needs a win to equivocate descending subsequent .500. The Wildcats unsuccessful to record a singular touchdown in a blowout detriment to West Virginia final week. In fact, forward of Saturday’s game, they arrange in a bottom 3 of a Big 12 in 8 departments: scoring offense, scoring defense, sum offense, rushing offense, rushing defense, pass offense and pass efficiency.
History sides with a hosts on Saturday — a Wildcats haven’t mislaid during home to Texas given 2002 — though as K-State prepares for a second discussion diversion of a season, it’s not usually a disproportion between a 2012 and 2018 seasons that stands out; it’s a rosters.
Then, a Wildcats boasted a Heisman finalist in Klein and a 1,000-yard rusher in using behind John Hubert, as good as destiny NFL Draft picks in fullback Braden Wilson, receivers Tyler Lockett and Chris Harper, descent linemen B.J. Finney, Cody Whitehair and Tavon Rooks, linebacker Arthur Brown and defensive behind Randall Evans.
Nearly all of them were essential in K-State’s win to secure a second-ever Big 12 championship — though a diversion started solemnly for a Wildcats.
In fact, they trailed during halftime, 10-7.
Klein used an early quarterback hide to give a Wildcats a 7-0 lead, though a Longhorns responded. Nick Jordan nailed a 37-yard margin goal, and on Texas’ subsequent drive, quarterback Case McCoy found far-reaching receiver Jaxon Shipley for 14 yards a score.
Offensive line manager Charlie Dickey, in a same position afterwards that he is now, still hasn’t forgotten.
“I remember being dissapoint during halftime, feeling that we didn’t play a approach a approach we indispensable to play,” Dickey said. “I felt like we were a improved team. we felt like we indispensable to come out in a second half and play a game, and we consider we did.”
The Wildcats could have laid down and died. After all, they were a week private from losing their inhabitant No. 1 ranking in a unsatisfactory 52-24 highway detriment to Baylor, that finished a team’s ideal season. Klein tossed 3 interceptions in a loss.
“It was a outrageous disappointment. There was a lot on a table,” Klein said. “That was a tough one to swallow. There’s no doubt about it. It stings to this day. But this is entrance from Coach Snyder, from a tip down: The usually loyal disaster is quitting and giving up. To not give adult and pierce on and learn from it is a usually thing we can do, and we were means to do that.”
K-State took a summary to heart in a second half.
The Wildcats scored on their initial 3 drives of a second stanza, ripping off 21 true points around dual touchdown rushes from Hubert and a 55-yard flitting touchdown from Klein to Lockett, a perfectly-executed play movement pass.
All of a sudden, K-State was station atop a 28-17 lead.
But it came as no warn to associate conduct manager and special teams coordinator Sean Snyder.
“One of a things about us — we’ve always kind of been a underdog,” Snyder said. “So we consider a teams have had some (resiliency) to them, good leadership. Being down, being adult — that things doesn’t import in as most as we consider it does, because, you’ve listened a aged saying, ‘just keep rowing a boat.’ That’s what that is.”
K-State cruised to a finish line from there. Hubert and Klein any combined a rushing touchdown apiece, and K-State fans flooded a margin in jubilee after Klein took a knee in a fourth entertain to run out a clock. Some fans hold signs; others hold a just-released iPhone 5. It was a happiest kind of pandemonium.
In front of a finish section adjacent to a now-revamped Vanier Family Football Complex stood a tiny stage, that K-State players and coaches used to make speeches. The Wildcats were Fiesta Bowl-bound.
“How we were all means to come behind and rebound behind from that moment,” pronounced Klein, referencing a Baylor loss, “to finish a deteriorate like we wanted was unequivocally cool.”
K-State fell to Oregon in a Fiesta Bowl, though it recorded a team’s play streak, that now stands during eight-straight seasons.
The Wildcats aren’t off to a prohibited start this fall, though they can get median to creation it 9 true with a win over Texas on Saturday.