Collin Klein was 13 years old the last time the Kansas State Wildcats won a bowl game. He's 23 now, and the Heisman Trophy finalist is soon to play in the Fiesta Bowl in hopes of leading his team to their first bowl victory since the 2002 Holiday Bowl.
Klein's time at K-State ends after Thursday's game. He's already graduated and hopes to be taken in the NFL Draft. A two-year full-time starter, Klein still led the Wildcats to 22 wins in 27 career starts. He'll pose a major threat to the Oregon Ducks because he is adept at both passing and running.
Klein has accounted for 3,380 of his team's 4,935 yards this season, via air and ground. He's the biggest part of everything the Wildcats do on offense. Kansas State will miss him terribly when he's gone.
"I know that God has given me this ability and this desire to play this game, and I want to play it as long as I can," Klein said. "I really feel like I can play at the next level and I want to play at the next level."
But first, he'd like to put an end to the Wildcats' bowl drought.