MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) "High and tight" is a popular expression on the Kansas State practice field.
Quarterback Collin Klein once used the phrase to describe a recent haircut, but usually he is referring to the way coaches instruct players to hang onto the football, tucked snugly in the crook of their arm and high enough to make it hard for defenders to make the strip.
The prevalence of the "high and tight" mantra is one reason the No. 6 Wildcats lead the Big 12 with a plus-10 turnover margin. Kansas State (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) has only lost two interceptions and just one fumble while forcing 13 turnovers by its opponents.
The Wildcats have scored 59 points off turnovers. Opponents have been shut out.
Coach Bill Snyder has always emphasized taking care of the football, and an offense based around the ground game - and averaging 262.8 yards rushing - does it better than most.
"Sometimes you can fret about it too much," Snyder said of turnovers, "and you become a little paranoid about ...