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Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein tied the Big 12 record with his 27th rushing touchdown this season and matched the FBS record for quarterbacks.
"It's overshadowed by our ability as a group. We came up short," Klein said. "My heart just goes out to our seniors. We weren't able to send them out the right way."
After being held to 15 yards on 12 carries in the first half, Klein finished the opening drive of the third quarter with a 6-yard TD run that got the Wildcats to 19-16.
That matched the Big 12 record for rushing touchdowns held by 1998 Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams of Texas. The only other FBS quarterback with 27 rushing touchdowns in a season was Ricky Dobbs for Navy in 2009.
Wilson, who threw for a school-record 510 yards in a win over Texas A&M at Cowboys Stadium three months ago, was 20 of 31 for 216 yards against Kansas State. Wright, who had 13 catches for a record 287 yards against the Aggies, made three catches for 88 yards in the Cotton Bowl.
The Cotton Bowl was the only non-BCS game with both teams in the top 15 of the Bowl Championship Series standings -- Arkansas came in sixth, Kansas State eighth. It also is the only bowl featuring the SEC versus the Big 12, the top two conferences in the BCS computer rankings.
Arkansas led 19-0 on Wright's 45-yard catch with 4 minutes left in the first half.
Kansas State, which has lost its last four bowl games since beating Arizona State in the 2002 Holiday Bowl, blocked the extra point and Nigel Malone returned it for two points.
It was 19-9 at halftime after Klein threw a 3-yard TD pass to Andrew McDonald with 26 seconds left in the first half. That score was set up after Wilson was sacked and fumbled at the Razorbacks 13.
Arkansas led 3-0 after Bequette sacked Klein and forced a fumble. Tenarius Wright recovered at the Kansas State 13.
"We got off to an awfully bad start and really couldn't overcome the damage that we did," Snyder said. "And most of it was pretty obvious."
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