In a sense, some of the improvement by Collin Klein as a passer has been related to the situations Kansas State created in its last three games.
The Wildcats fell into a 14-0 hole all three times, forcing the run-oriented quarterback to pass the football. His passing numbers, for the most part, have improved, including a 281-yard output against Texas A&M. Klein engineered a 53-50 victory in four overtimes.
In addition to the early deficits, however, openings were sensed in the passing game as opponents have stacked the box more to stuff Klein in the run game. He still carried the ball a career-high 35 times against A&M, gaining 103 yards and scoring five touchdowns.
"I think putting him in a position to do what he has done, the capacity to have some balance in our offense, where you are not quite as predictable, helps a great deal," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said. "We have had some fine performances from some of our receivers that have made some very, very fine catch...