Last season, the K-State Wildcats started at 7-0 before falling to the University of Oklahoma. The No. 3 Wildcats did not allow that to happen on Saturday, knocking off No. 14 Texas Tech University 55-24, and moving K-State to 8-0 on the season, and 5-0 in the Big 12 Conference. This was also the fifth time this year that the Wildcats have eclipsed 50 points in a game.
It was another slow start for K-State as they fell to a 10-3 deficit early in the first half, but went on to out score the Red Raiders 42 to 14 in the second half to solidify the big win. K-State is the only team in the Big 12 with a perfect record.
“I think it was not so much in term of adjustments, because we were playing well defensively. Offensively we didn’t quite have it figured out,” said head coach Bill Snyder about the slow start. “It wasn’t adjustments it was just being able to get into the right things, which we didn’t initially.”
Once again leading the way for the Wildcats was senior quarterback Collin Klein, who continued to show the country why he is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. Klein once again proved why he is arguably the best dual-threat quarterback in the nation. Racking up over 300 yards of total offense and four total touchdowns, Klein scorched the Red Raiders defense with both his arm and feet.
On the defensive side of the ball, both teams were challenged. Although they allowed TCU to score 53 in a triple-overtime win last weekend, this was the first time all season that the Red Raiders have allowed a team to score over 50 points in four quarters of play. This was also the first time that K-State has allowed a team to score over 20 points.
A big factor was turnover margin in this game. Texas Tech had three turnovers compared to K-State’s zero. A big turnover came late in the game when senior linebacker Arthur Brown intercepted Texas Tech’s senior quarterback Seth Doege and took it back for K-State’s first pick-six of the year. This was Brown’s second consecutive game with an interception.
K-State will be back in action next weekend at Bill Snyder Family Stadium against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Cowboys were one of only two teams to beat the Wildcats in the regular season last year.