The tale of two halves. The first half was an offensive shootout by both teams. Kansas State and Texas Tech were neck-and-neck throughout the entire first half. The second half was a defensive battle.
Texas Tech struck first with a two-yard rushing touchdown by surprise starter, Patrick Mahomes. After Mahomes went down with a shoulder injury last week, reports spread of a foreseeable absence from play for the junior quarterback, but he made his presence known early on.
Kansas State’s turn. A receiving touchdown from 12 yards out by quarterback Jesse Ertz is caught by Isaiah Zuber. This was Ertz first and only throwing touchdown on the game.
Texas Tech’s turn right? Wrong. Just as the new drive starts for the Red Raiders, a quick screen pass is intercepted by DJ Reed, who takes it to the house for another Kansas State touchdown. The defense for the Wildcats is a force to be reckoned with.
Texas Tech responds with a 61 yard touchdown reception by Keke Coutee. The game is now tied going into the second quarter.
The Red Raiders then hold the Wildcats to a field goal. Mahomes run game remains strong on the next drive as he runs in a 12 yard touchdown for his second score of the night. Texas Tech leads 21-17.
Mahomes wasn’t the only quarterback to show his presence on the run, though. On the next drive, Jesse Ertz ran for a 21 yard gain after one of Texas Tech’s nine penalties on the night. Penalties were a huge problem for the Red Raiders in this one. Ertz finished the drive off with a one yard rushing touchdown.
After a series of short passes and another long reception by Keke Coutee, the Red Raiders get in the red zone. Once again, Patrick Mahomes runs in another touchdown for Texas Tech, putting him at three rushing touchdowns in the half.
On the ensuing kickoff, Kansas State’s Byron Pringle returns a Clayton Hatfield kick 99 yards for a touchdown.
Texas Tech goes three and out to end the first half.
The second half of this game was a defensive battle.
Kansas State punted 3 straight times, while Texas Tech could only manage a field goal in the third. The Red Raiders could have managed a few more points on the board, but some questionable calls by head coach Kliff Kingsbury led to the Red Raiders turning the ball over on downs twice after going for it on 4th down.
The Kansas State defense stepped up big time in clutch situations.
The first 13 minutes of the fourth quarter was all Kansas State, as they hit a pair of field goals and Charles Jones ran in a touchdown to take a 44-31 lead over the Red Raiders.
With 1:56 left in the game, the game is basically over right? Nope. The Red Raiders manage to get another touchdown after a questionable defense pass interference is called on DJ Reed on a 4th down pass that could have ended the game. Cameron Batson made the touchdown catch with only five seconds remaining in this game.
Ok, there is only five seconds left. This game is over. No way, after a beautiful onside kick by Clayton Hatfield, the Red Raiders recover the football with a chance to actually win the game at the Kansas State 49.
It all comes down to this play. Texas Tech lines up to try to pull off a miracle. Just as Kansas State had been doing all second half, they rush Mahomes and hit him as he throws to make the pass incomplete to end the game.
The Wildcats escape with a 44-38 win over the Red Raiders putting both teams at 3-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play. The player of the game for Kansas State is starting running back Charles Jones who rushed for 128 yards and touchdown on 19 carries.
Next week, the Wildcats will travel to Norman to play the Sooners, who are coming off a huge rivalry win over the Texas Longhorns. Texas Tech hosts West Virginia and look to make up for this tough loss.
|3rd Down Eff.||9-16||4-11|
|4th Down Eff.||0-3||1-1|
|Yards Per Pass||8.4||5.2|
|Yards Per Rush||2.3||5.9|
|Time of Poss||31:22||28:38|
Emptying the Notebook
The all time record between the two teams is now 9-8 in favor of Texas Tech.
Bill Snyder Family Stadium seats about 52,200 fans, which is over 1/5 the size of the population of Lubbock, Texas, where Texas Tech University is located.
Bill Snyder is still a wizard.