MANHATTAN, Kan. -- It probably wasn't the most happy of Thanksgivings for seventh-ranked Kansas State.
The Wildcats had climbed ever so slowly to No. 1 in the BCS standings before losing two weeks ago at Baylor, ending their perfect season along with their national championship dreams.
And due to a quirk in the schedule, they had last week off, giving them some extra time to stew over what will undoubtedly go down as one of the biggest disappointments in school history.
It also gave Kansas State time to prepare for its final exam, though.
The Wildcats return to the field for their home finale Saturday against No. 23 Texas. They can wrap up the Big 12 title and earn the league's automatic BCS bowl berth with a win, or if No. 12 Oklahoma loses to TCU earlier in the day.
"We definitely need to get back on track. There's definitely that mentality," said quarterback Collin Klein, whose Heisman Trophy hopes took a hit that Saturday night in Waco.
"I don't know if I'd necessarily call it anger, but there's a lot of motivation and buildup of we just need to get back on track. Our last two performances haven't been stellar. There's a lot of motivation there. I don't know if it's anger, but there's some motivation, no doubt."
The Wildcats (10-1, 7-1) had become one of the nation's trendiest teams behind the stoic play of Klein, the unwavering leadership of 73-year-old coach Bill Snyder, and a defense that had managed to ground some of the most potent offenses in the entire country.
Klein made the cover of Sports Illustrated. National programs were doing segments on the Wildcats. The stretch of Interstate 70 from Kansas City to tiny Manhattan, Kan., became just a little bit busier as Kansas State kept piling up victory upon victory.
But then the Wildcats headed to Baylor, and everything unraveled.
Klein threw three interceptions in arguably his worst game as a starter, and was held to just 39 yards on the ground. Running back John Hubert managed only 43 yards rushing, while that stone-wall defense was shredded by quarterback Nick Florence and the Bears' running backs.
Lache Seastrunk ran for 185 yards and a touchdown. Glasco Martin had 113 yards and three more scores. Florence accounted for nearly 300 yards and three more touchdowns.