QB Collin Klein much improved as passer

Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein burst on the college football scene with a stellar 2011 season. He had 317 carries for 1,141 yards and 27 touchdowns including 26 carries for 92 yards and two scores against the Sooners.

But he completed just 57.2 percent of his passes for 1,918 yards, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions.

This season, Klein appears to be an improved passer. The senior is completing 72.9 percent of his throws for 609 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions.

“He’s making better decisions and putting the ball on point,” Sooners cornerback Demontre Hurst said. “It’s going to be a challenge for me, AC (cornerback Aaron Colvin) and the safeties to try to make the window as small as we can so he can’t put it in there.”

If Hurst and Colvin can win their one-on-one battles consistently, the Sooners can play the run much more effectively with more defenders. But if Klein is able to complete accurate passes between Sooners defenders, it will open up running lanes for himself and KSU running back John Hubert.