No. 4 K-State Hammers No. 15 Texas Tech 55-24
MANHATTAN, Kan. — After a competitive first half, the 4th-ranked Kansas State Wildcats dismantled the 15th-ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders 55-24 on Saturday afternoon at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
Kansas State (8-0, 5-0 Big 12) continues to play a certain brand of mistake free football that has become their trademark. On Saturday, they won the turnover battle yet again with three takeaways and no giveaways.
Texas Tech (6-2, 3-2 Big 12) came out swinging, and took a 7-0 lead on a game-opening 75-yard touchdown drive. Senior quarterback Seth Doege found junior wide receiver Eric Ward for a 32-yd TD pass. The Red Raiders went into the second quarter with a 7-3 lead.
With 12:37 to play in the second quarter, Wildcats junior running back John Hubert capped a 59-yd drive with a 4-yd rushing TD to tie the game at 10-10. The Cats took a 13-10 lead into the half.
The Cats opened up the second half with a 75-yd drive, taking a 20-10 lead on a 21-yd TD pass from senior QB Collin Klein to junior WR Tramaine Thompson. The Red Raiders’ next drive resulted in a fumble on their own 20-yd line. Two plays later, Klein gave the Cats a 27-10 lead with a 16-yd rushing TD.
Tech wouldn’t go away, responding with a 75-yd TD drive to cut the deficit to 27-17 with 6:18 left in the third quarter. K-State answered with a 74-yd TD drive, and extended their lead to 34-17 on Klein’s 22-yd rushing TD.
Hubert added a 15-yd TD run to start the fourth quarter to make it 41-17, but the rout was about to get much worse. On the ensuing drive, K-State senior linebacker Arthur Brown intercepted Doege’s pass, and returned it 37 yards for a TD. The Cats led 48-17 with 11:47 left in the fourth quarter.
Klein completed 19 of 26 passes for 233 yards and 2 TD’s. Klein also had 12 carries for 83 yards and a pair of rushing TD’s.
K-State’s quest for a national title continues next Saturday, when they host the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.