Kansas State football has Deuce Vaughn to thank for why they defeated Texas Tech and are 2-0 in the conference.
The Kansas State Wildcats had a statement win last week against the No. 3 ranked Oklahoma Sooners and had to prove this week that their win in Norman wasn’t a fluke. While they did walk away with a victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders, Deuce Vaughn is the biggest reason as to why.
Vaughn finished the afternoon with 16 carries for 113 yards and a touchdown and he was a force in the receiving game too with three receptions for 81 yards. Seventy of those 81 yards came off of a catch and run that sealed the game for the Wildcats in the final few minutes of the game.
Kansas State football couldn’t get much else going against Texas Tech.
Vaughn’s performance was much needed on Saturday, as the Wildcats struggled to move the ball much. Skylar Thompson was injured after going just 5 of 10 for 33 yards and a touchdown and that was the biggest takeaway from this game after Vaughn’s dominant performance.
Thompson was a key factor in why K-State was able to march into Norman and take down the Sooners last week, so him having to leave this game with an injury was not a sight fans wanted to see. Will Howard came in and went just 7 of 12 for 173 yards and a touchdown. He connected with Vaughn on a 70-yard pass to end the game, which padded his stats much more.
The defense held Texas Tech to just 21 points and forced an interception when it mattered the most, but they allowed a big game to Red Raiders running back Xavier White to rush for 113 yards and a touchdown. They also let Henry Colombi throw for 244 yards and two touchdowns while picking him off once as well.
It wasn’t a perfect game for the Kansas State Wildcats, but with their starting quarterback getting injured, it was important for Deuce Vaughn to step up and he did just that. Hopefully Thompson is able to return for K-State’s game against TCU in Fort Worth next weekend because this team could use his leadership.
For now though, let’s all give Vaughn a virtual pat on the back. The kid was dominant and helped get K-State to 2-1 on the young season.