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November 14, 2011Following Kansas State's thrilling four-overtime victory over Texas A&M on Saturday, quarterback Collin Klein and place kicker Anthony Cantele were named the Big 12 Players of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.
Klein earned Offensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career, while Cantele was named the Special Teams Player of the Week for the third time in his career and the second time this season.
Additionally, Klein was named to the Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll, which recognizes versatility in single-game performances, and a Manning Award Star of the Week.
The Big 12 honors by Klein and Cantele pushed K-State's season total to eight, which is second in school history after the 1999 team picked up nine weekly honors.
Against the Aggies, Klein accounted for six total scores - the most in the Big 12 this season - including a school-record-tying five on the ground. He also finished with a career-high 281 yards passing and another score. He eclipsed 100 yards rushing for the fifth time this season after running for 103 yards, which also put him over the 1,000-yard mark for the year.
Klein finished the contest with 384 yards of total offense. He now has a nation-leading 24 rushing scores in 2011, which is a K-State record and is three shy of Ricky Williams' (Texas) Big 12 record and Ricky Dobbs' (Navy) NCAA record by a quarterback.
Klein was named to the Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll for the first time this season, while he was named a Manning Award Star of the Week for the second time.
Cantele connected on two key fields, one at the end of regulation and another in double-overtime, to extend the game. His 44-yarder sent the game into overtime, while he then connected on a 38-yarder to tie the game and send it into a third overtime. The junior is 13-of-18 this season, including 3-of-5 from over 40 yards.
No. 13 Kansas State (8-2, 5-2) travels to Austin, Texas, to take on No. 23 Texas (6-3, 3-3) on Saturday at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. The game, which kicks off at 7 p.m., will be televised nationally on FX.
2011 K-State Big 12 Players of the Week
Sept. 26: Linebacker Tre Walker (Defensive)
Oct. 3: Linebacker Arthur Brown (Defensive); Kicker Anthony Cantele (Special Teams)
Oct. 17: Defensive Lineman Raphael Guidry (Special Teams)
Oct. 24: Wide Receiver/Kick Returner Tyler Lockett (Special Teams)
Nov. 7: Wide Receiver/Kick Returner Tyler Lockett (Special Teams)
Nov. 14: Quarterback Collin Klein (Offensive); Kicker Anthony Cantele (Special Teams)