Tech Falls in Top-15 Battle with K-State, 55-24|
Oct. 27, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Texas Tech fell 55-24 to the No. 4 Kansas State Wildcats on Saturday.
Colin Klein led the Wildcats as he completed 19 of 26 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns, and had 83 yards and two more scores on the ground. John Hubert added 64 yards and two rushing TDs, and Angelo Pease also scored for Kansas State, which came into the game trailing only Alabama and Florida in the BCS standings.
Seth Doege threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns for the Red Raiders (6-2, 3-2)
Texas Tech jumped out of the gates quickly in the first half. Doege took advantage of soft coverage on the opening series of the game, completing six of his first eight passes. An encroachment penalty on third down kept the drive alive, and Doege finished it off with a 32-yard touchdown toss to Eric Ward.
The Wildcats, meanwhile, couldn't get anything going.
Klein was sacked to end their first series, and had a pass tipped on third down to end their second. By the end of the quarter, Kansas State had just 19 yards of offense.
The defense provided a jolt late in the quarter when Meshak Williams delivered a crushing blindside hit on Doege, popping the ball loose. Jarrel Childs went the other way for what appeared to be a 74-yard TD return, but an illegal block brought the ball back to the Texas Tech 14.
Kansas State had to settle for Anthony Cantele's 34-yard field goal.
Ryan Bustin matched it with a 37-yarder to cap the Red Raiders' next possession, but Kansas State started moving the ball. Hubert capped off its ensuing drive by winning a race to the pylon after getting stood up at the line of scrimmage to make it 10-all.
"When it came down to making plays to finish," Doege said, "we just didn't make them."
Near the end of the half, Kansas State's quick-strike offense set up a 19-yarder by Cantele for the halftime lead.
Ward had a big day for the Red Raiders as picked up 161 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
"We moved the ball, made a lot of yardage, but you can't turn it over," Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. "I think we gave up 17, 20 points on offense and our kicking game today."