BY THE NUMBERS

BY THE NUMBERS

MANHATTAN, Kan. - For just the fourth time in Kansas State history, Kansas State is off to a 7-0 start to open a football season. Just how has this taken place? How has this taken place in a year when the Wildcats were picked to win five to six games … at a most?

By the numbers, here's how it's happened: 1.14 – K-State's turnover margin of plus-1.14 turnovers per game ranks second high in the league and 10th in the nation. The Wildcats have forced 15 turnovers (five fumbles and 10 interception) and given up just seven (four fumbles and three interceptions).

4 – Kansas State has found a way to come from behind to win four games this season –Eastern Kentucky, Miami, Baylor and Texas Tech.

7 – Collin Klein likely won't go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks in KSU history, but what he has done in nine career starts is become the 21st all-time rusher in Wildcat history. His 14 rushing TDs this season lead the Big 12. Klein has averaged scoring 12.0 points per game to rank second nationally.

29 – K-State ranks No. 29 in the nation in total defense allowing 337 yards per game. That's a 108-yard per game improvement as the Wildcats have gone from No. 11 in the Big 12 in 2010 to No. 1 in 2011.

34 – That's the yardage difference K-State has in penalty yards. The Wildcats are second in the league with 45-yards in penalties, while opponents are flagged for 79 yards in penalties, for a difference of 34 yards per game.

34:50 – Kansas State leads the Big 12 in time of possession at 34:50 per game.

.486 – Kansas State's third-down conversion rate is .486, which ranks third high in the league. On the flip side, teams convert only .319 third-downs against the Wildcats.

80 – K-State has 80 non-offensive touchdowns dating back to 1990, which ranks second high in the nation only to Virginia Tech's 82. This year, Tyler Lockett has returned two kickoff for touchdowns, while Nigel Malone has an interception return for six points.

95.7-91.0 – Those are the rushing averages of Collin Klein and John Hubert.

Their combined rushing total of 186.7 yards per game ranks them as the No. 2 1-2 rushing punch in the Big 12 only to Christine Michael and Cyrus Gray of A&M, who average 193.3 yards between them. Klein and Hubert are on pace to become only the second pair of 1,000-yard rushers in a single KSU season along with Ell Roberson and Darren Sproles in 2002.

214-94 – Great football teams normally have two qualities – they can run the ball and they can stop the run.

K-State averages 214 yards on the ground per game to rank third high in the Big 12 with its 18 touchdowns ranking second-high in the Big 12. On the flip side, K-State allow just 94 yards per game, which is second high in the league. The eight ground TDs allowed this year rank third in the league.

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