Kansas State had nine penalties for 62 yards in last Saturday's 27-21 win at Iowa State. The number of penalties equals the total times the team had been flagged in the first five games combined.
Only Central Michigan (17) has been penalized fewer times than the Wildcats.
Kansas State has forced at least one turnover in every game.
"Probably the most disciplined team I've seen in a long time," Holgorsen said. "They don't make mistakes. They don't make mistakes on any side of the ball."
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THE CAREFUL approach starts with Kansas State's Heisman Trophy contender at quarterback: Collin Klein.
The 6-foot-5, 228-pound senior is second to WVU QB Geno Smith in fewest interceptions thrown in the Big 12. Klein has two, while Smith has yet to toss a pick in 259 attempts this season.
Klein doesn't throw quite that often with 118 attempts (on 79 completions for 1,074 yards).
He also doesn't force throws, preferring to tuck it and run when receivers are blanketed or a play breaks down. He is the Big 12's fourth-leading rusher (510 yards) and is tied for seventh nationally with 10 touchdowns on the ground.
It's a contrasting style for which the WVU defense has to prepare, and Holgorsen said finding a body who can impersonate Klein in practice is daunting.
"The one we wanted was Will Johnson because he's 6-foot-5 and long," Holgorsen said, referring his 248-pound freshman receiver who is battling a back injury.
"He's not going to be able to do it."
Others will step in and try to replicate Klein's style.
"They'll go in the right direction, but they won't look like him," Holgorsen said. "That's the problem."
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