Nov 9, 2013; Lubbock, TX, USA; The Kansas State Wildcats enter the field against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT

The Postgame: K-State Surprisingly Stomps Texas Tech


The Kansas State Wildcats enter the field against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium. (Michael C. Johnson, USA TODAY Sports)

 

VITALS

Score: Kansas State Wildcats 49, Texas Tech Red Raiders 26

It Was Over When:  Tramaine Thompson catches a touchdown pass on a broken play. Quarterback Jake Waters bobbled the snap and evaded some defenders before throwing for the end zone. That score made it 35-10, and it wasn’t even halftime.

Player of the Game: Quarterback Jake Waters. The dual quarterback system worked well today, but Waters was able to find create plays when he was on the field. He scored two running touchdowns and one passing, all before the half.

 

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THREE POSITIVES

1. The two quarterback system worked. Both Jake Waters and Daniel Sams were able to contribute. Waters found the end zone three times and seemed to be able to make a big play whenever it was needed. Sams also rushed for two touchdowns while racking up 81 yards on the ground.

2. The second quarter was about as good as fifteen minutes can go. Tech had three possessions, each going no where because the K-State defense was either in the backfield or all over the receivers. Then the Wildcats’ offense produced three touchdown drives of 66, 73, and 32 yards. It killed the Red Raiders to not have the ball. This quarter brought the upset to Lubbock.

3. The defense stopped one of the most aggressive teams in terms of passing offense. Before this game, Texas Tech averaged 414 passing yards per game, which led the Big 12. It is one of K-State’s best performances all year. The Red Raiders only got 354 yards, a decent amount for sure, but definitely less than their normal capacity.

 

THREE WORRIES

1. The defense gave up 459 total yards. “Wait,” you say, “How can you say that’s a worry, when you just said it was a positive?” You’re right, that is a contradiction, but what I mean that they kept one of the most explosive Big 12 defenses in check. However, 459 isn’t good to give up on a normal basis. In a game where K-State did a lot of things right, this is one of the few that could have used work.

2. K-State could use some more passing yards. Neither of their two quarterbacks are wonderful passers, but 76 combined passing yards is very one-dimensional. They use the pass when they need to, but that’s one more stat that could use some improvement.

3. Forget Three Worries, this is going to be a positive…

ONE MORE POSITIVE

4. K-State is one game away from being bowl eligible. And with remaining games against TCU and at Kansas, the Wildcats’ chances are looking good

 

Also, Happy 175th Win, Coach Bill Snyder.

 

 

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