K-State Knocks Off No. 25 Texas Tech, 49-26
LUBBOCK, Texas - Kansas State scored 28 consecutive points in the first half to carry itself to its third consecutive victory in Big 12 play with a 49-26 win over No. 25 Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon at Jones AT&T Stadium.
With the win, head coach Bill Snyder became the 46th coach in NCAA history to tally 175 wins in a career and just the 11th to do so at one school. He also became just the third coach in Big Eight/12 history to tally 100 conference wins, joining Nebraska's Tom Osborne (153) and Oklahoma's Barry Switzer (100).
The Wildcats (5-4, 3-3 Big 12) used a powerful running game in the victory against the Red Raiders, totaling 291 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. The defense also came up big with five sacks and three turnovers, including a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown by senior captain Ty Zimmerman in the fourth quarter.
Junior John Hubert posted his 10th career 100-yard rushing game with a team-high 157 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown. With his performance, Hubert moved past Eric Hickson (1994-95, 1997-98) into fourth all-time in career rushing yards with 2,651. He also moved into a tie for fourth place in school history with his 10th career 100-yard rushing game.
The two-headed quarterback attack of Daniel Sams and Jake Waters each tallied two touchdowns on the ground to complement Hubert's effort. Sams rushed for 81 yards on 11 carries to go with one pass for 11 yards, while Waters added 38 rushing yards to his 6-of-9 passing attack for 69 yards and one touchdown.
The Red Raiders (7-3, 4-3 Big 12) struck first in the contest, getting a 23-yard field goal from Ryan Bustin to cap a 14-play, 69-yard drive. However, the Wildcats came right back, as Hubert went 63 yards for a touchdown on the team's second offensive play for a 7-3 lead. It marked Hubert's longest run of the season and the longest touchdown run since he went 95 yards for a score in the 2012 season opener with Missouri State.
Texas Tech regained the lead at 10-7 with its first touchdown of the day on a 2-yard pass play from quarterback Davis Webb to Eric Ward with 6:49 remaining in the first quarter.
K-State then rattled off 28 consecutive points to take a 35-10 lead at halftime. During this stretch, the Wildcats got a pair of touchdown runs from Waters and one from Sams before capping the spurt with a 20-yard reception by Tramaine Thompson from Waters just before halftime. The squad had 279 yards at halftime, including 218 on the ground.
The Red Raiders closed the gap to 35-19 with a pair of scores in the third quarter, including a 4-yard TD run from quarterback Baker Mayfield and a 31-yard field goal from Bustin.
The Wildcats responded with a 1-yard plunge from Sams to start the fourth quarter to widen the gap then Zimmerman put the exclamation point on the scoring day with 13th career interception and his second pick-six of the season just 48 seconds later. He now has 221 interception-return yards in his career, which ranks second in second history.
Linebacker Jonathan Truman led a pair of Wildcats with double-digit tackles with a game-high 12, including 10 solo stops, while defensive back Randall Evans totaled 10 solo tackles and one interception. Reigning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week Ryan Mueller had three sacks on the day for 19 yards.
The win even K-State's record in Big 12 play to 3-3 after opening league play with three consecutive defeats and moved the team to within one game of qualifying for a bowl game for the fourth straight season.
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