Kansas State football has been looking more and more like the team that won the Big 12 title last season, and Saturday the Wildcats did it against a top 25 team as they knocked off Texas Tech 49-26 in Lubbock, handing the Red Raiders their third straight loss and likely knocking them out of the top 25.
Tech dominated the first ten minutes of the game, running 29 plays to Kansas State’s two, but leading only 10-7 thanks to John Hubert’s 63 yard touchdown run on the second Wildcat play from scrimmage. Jake Waters scored on a one yard plunge following Tech’s second score to give the Wildcats a 14-10 lead, one they would never lose. They added three more scores before halftime with Waters and Daniel Sams each running for scores, and Waters threw a 20 yard scoring pass to Tramaine Thompson for a 35-10 halftime lead. Tech got within 35-19 with a touchdown and a field goal, but Sams scored his second touchdown and Ty Zimmerman added a 42 yard interception return for the final Wildcat touchdown, those two scores coming within the first minute of the fourth quarter for a 49-19 KSU advantage. The Wildcats only threw 11 passes in the game, completing seven for 76 yards, but added 306 yards on the ground, 157 of them by Hubert. Tech’s two quarterbacks went 47-64 for 354 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Kansas State has won three in a row to even their conference record at 3-3, the same as Tech. K-State is 5-4 on the season while Tech fell to 6-3. The Cats now have two straight at home, hosting TCU next Saturday at 2:30 in the return of Gary Patterson to Manhattan. TCU’s head coach, a native of Rozel, KS, played linebacker at Kansas State in the 80s before Bill Snyder came to coach the program. The following week the Wildcats meet Oklahoma.