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K-State emerges alone atop Big 12

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K-State emerges alone atop Big 12

AMES, Iowa (AP) The upcoming matchup between Kansas State and West Virginia was supposed to break up the tie between the Wildcats and Mountaineers for first in the Big 12.

There's no doubt who leads the league now.

No. 4 Kansas State (6-0, 3-0) emerged from Saturday's hard-fought 27-21 win over Iowa State (4-2, 1-2) as the Big 12's only unbeaten team, both overall and in the conference.

Though the Wildcats would quickly lose their grip on the league lead with a loss at No. 17 West Virginia - which is no doubt smarting after a 49-14 shellacking by Texas Tech on Saturday - they woke up on Sunday as the unquestioned class of the conference.

Just don't tell coach Bill Snyder that.

``I'd like for us to have played better than we did across the board,'' Snyder said. ``There were times we played extremely well ... but by the same token, we still had some issues.''

Kansas State's winning formula has been remarkably simple: Play sound, disciplined defense and let Collin Klein handle the offense.

Klein was brilliant again on Saturday, with 292 total yards and three rushing TDs against an Iowa State defense that entered the weekend ranked third in the Big 12 at less than 16 points allowed per game.

Klein converted a series of crucial third downs on a key drive in the fourth quarter. It produced a field goal and, more importantly, ate up over eight minutes at a time when the Cyclones desperately needed to make something happen on offense.

Klein also responded with a quick touchdown drive after Iowa State had seized momentum with a 30-yard TD pass from Jared Barnett to Ernst Brun late in the first half.

``He's an All-American in my book. He doesn't get the attention because he's not as flashy and doesn't put up the gaudy numbers that some of the other college football players do,'' Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said about Klein. ``But he has a 6-0 football team that is ranked in the top five in the country.''

Kansas State's defense allowed the Cyclones to score three touchdowns even though they had the ball for barely 19 minutes. But when the Wildcats needed stops, they got them.

Iowa State had the ball at its own 40 with 4:17 left, trailing by six points, but Kansas State forced Barnett into three incompletions and got the ball back. The Wildcats also stopped Iowa State on its final possession two minutes later, with Barnett misfiring on three straight passes with pressure in his face.

Perhaps the most troubling problem for Snyder on Saturday was penalties. Kansas State had just nine all season, but it committed nine more in Ames.

``It was tremendously out of character for us,'' Snyder said. ``We had been the least penalized team in the country and now we look like the most penalized team in the country. That's a matter of discipline. That's a matter of a lot of things. Part of it is focus.''

But given how well the Wildcats are playing, Snyder is likely resorting to nit-picking to find anything wrong.

It's been 3 1/2 years since Snyder came back to the sidelines, and his formula for building a Big 12 champion is working wonders so far in 2012.

``They can play with anybody in the country with arguably less talent on the field than everybody in the top 10 if not everybody in the top 15,'' Rhoads said.

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Vernon Davis pulls off memorable proposal in Ocean City

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Vernon Davis pulls off memorable proposal in Ocean City

Vernon Davis has long been a fan favorite in the D.C. area since his University of Maryland days. The 34-year-old is almost always well-dressed and respectful to the media. 

More recently, he has been outspoken about his interest in acting after his football career. A true renaissance man who just so happens to be a force in the National Football League. 

In April, NBC Sports Washington ran into Davis at the Team USA Awards where he was serving as guest speaker. 

He took his smooth nature to a whole new level Tuesday while vacationing in Ocean City, Md. with his girlfriend Kayla. 

Dressed in all white on the beach, Davis proposed in an epic way. 

The best motivation I ever had. #shesmyrock

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Check out the whole video produced below. We won't spoil it for you, but there were skydivers involved. Take a look: 

Davis will suit up for his third season with the Redskins when training camp opens July 26 in Richmond. 

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Stephen Strasburg returns to Nats lineup after DL stint

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Stephen Strasburg returns to Nats lineup after DL stint

Friday night marks the first second-half game of Major League Baseball's 162-game season. 

The Washington Nationals begin 5.5 games out of the first-place Phillies and host the second-place Braves for a three-game series before traveling to Milwaukee. 

One big piece to Dave Martinez's staff who has been missing since June 8 is Stephen Strasburg. The right-hander was activated from the DL and will start on the mound Friday night. 

Ryan Zimmerman was also activated but is not in Martinez's starting lineup. 

Prior to experiencing inflammation in his right shoulder during a June 8 start that forced him out of the game early, Strasburg saw flashes of dominance throughout his 13 starts owning a 3.46 ERA with 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings. 

Zimmerman hasn't played since May 9 due to a strained right oblique. With the emergence of Matt Adams, it will be interesting to see how Martinez uses both guys throughout the summer. 

Here is a look at Friday night's official lineup: 

According to Byron Kerr, Zimmerman is still happy to be back, despite not being in the starting lineup. 

Catch the Nationals hosting the Braves Friday at 7:05 p.m. on MASN2.