(15) Texas Tech (6-1) at (4) Kansas State (7-0)|
Saturday, October 27, 3:30 p.m. (et)
The Sports Network
By Frank Haynes, Senior College Football Editor
GAME NOTES: Two teams with identical scoring averages meet in a Big 12
Conference showdown, as the 15th-ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders come calling on
the fourth-ranked Kansas State Wildcats.
At 6-1, Texas Tech is having its best year under current head coach Tommy
Tuberville, and the team is coming off a wild 56-53 win in triple-overtime at
TCU last Saturday. It was the most combined points ever in a game that the Red
Raiders have played in, and the win made Tech bowl eligible for the 19th time
in the last 20 years.
Texas Tech's lone setback of the campaign came in a 41-20 home loss to
Oklahoma, and the road to a possible Big 12 title and BCS Bowl game isn't
going to be easy as not only does the team need the Sooners to falter, but it
must also take out the likes of K-State, Texas, Oklahoma State and Baylor
before the curtain comes down on the 2012 regular season.
Kansas State is one of only 11 undefeated teams left in the FBS, and coach
Bill Snyder's club recently moved to third position in the latest BCS poll.
It was thought that last week's trip to West Virginia would present all kinds
of problems for the Wildcats, but they make a mockery of the Mountaineers in
picking up the 55-14 victory. Following this bout, KSU has games against
Oklahoma State, TCU, Baylor and Texas remaining.
Snyder was obviously happy with his team's effort last week, but was
particularly proud of the poise his guys played with in what was an incredibly
"I was certainly pleased with it. I was pleased with the way our youngsters
approached the ball game and how they traveled and kept their focus. We played
well. We made mistakes and need to get better, but collectively, I think we
did a nice job."
Texas Tech owns an 8-4 edge in the all-time series with Kansas State, but the
Wildcats snapped a five-game losing streak to the Red Raiders with a 41-34 win
The Red Raiders survived last week's thriller against TCU, getting a short TD
pass from Seth Doege to Alex Torres in the third extra frame to seal the deal.
It was the final affirmation for Doege, who went 30-of-42 for 318 yards and a
career-best seven TDs on the day. Eric Ward was the primary beneficiary of his
quarterback's exploits as he pulled down six balls for 61 yards and three
scores, while Torres finished with two TDs as part of his five-catch, 53-yard
performance. The Texas Tech run game was limited to 71 net yards, and was led
by Kenny Williams who tallied 47 yards and a TD on only six carries.
Tuberville praised his quarterback for keeping his head in the face of
"Seth played well. As you can tell, they were after him. I think they got two
roughing the passer penalties. They were bound and determined to get to him. I
thought there were times that our offensive line got moved around a little
bit, but when it counted, we gave him enough time to throw it. This was a team
win because we didn't play that great and we found a way to win."
The Red Raiders defense, which coughed up a 10-point lead late in regulation,
was abused for 516 total yards (184 rushing, 332 passing), and the unit
surrendered four aerial scores. However, they did manage to come up with three
turnovers and a pair of sacks. Cody Davis was high man for Tech with his 11
tackles, and he along with D.J. Johnson (eight stops) each came up with an
The Tech offense is putting up 42.9 ppg, piling up more than 516 yards of
total offense while converting 54 percent of its third-down opportunities.
Doege has hit the mark on nearly 71 percent of his passes, averaging 315.6 ypg
with 28 TDs and seven interceptions. Darrin Moore leads the receiving corps
with 34 grabs for 377 yards and eight TDs, but Ward also has scoring
receptions and a total of nine guys have double-digit receptions on the year.
As for the run game, it usually takes a back seat to the aerial fireworks
Tuberville likes to put on display, but Williams has rumbled his way to 423
yards and three scores in averaging better than six yards per carry.
Last week's shoddy effort aside, the Red Raiders have actually played well on
defense this year, yielding an average of 21.6 points and only 282 total yards
per game. The team is allowing just 4.4 points in the first quarter of its
seven games, while outscoring the opposition by a staggering 180-85 in the
first half. The Red Raiders have been even stingier in the second half,
permitting fewer points over the final two quarters (49) than they have in the
second quarter alone (54).
Davis continues to pace the unit with 56 tackles, 49 of which have solo
efforts, and also has three picks to his credit. Kerry Hyder has four of the
team's 11 sacks.
In what was dubbed as a showdown between two Heisman-worthy quarterbacks,
Kansas State's Collin Klein clearly got the better of West Virginia's Geno
Smith, the 6-5 senior from Loveland, Colorado accounting for seven TDs (four
rushing, three passing) in leading his team to a blowout win over the hometown
Mountaineers. In the first half alone, the Wildcats amassed 346 yards and
scored 31 points. Klein was nearly perfect in going 19-of-21 for a career-high
323 yards, and he logged 41 of the team's 146 rushing yards in the contest. WR
Tyler Lockett had a monster game as well, catching nine balls for 194 yards
and two TDs, while Chris Harper finished with six grabs for 96 yards and a
Defensively, it was thought Smith was going to give the 'Cats a run for their
money, but they basically shut down the record-setting signal-caller by
holding him to 143 yards and one TD, while also intercepting him for the first
time this season, actually doing so twice, and adding four sacks to their
impressive effort as well. K-State also did a solid job against the run,
yielding a mere 88 yards on 27 attempts. Randall Evans led the KSU stand with
Kansas State averages 42.9 ppg on the strength of 434.9 ypg. Klein is a 70.5
percent passer who averages 199.6 ypg and he has thrown for TDs while being
picked off only twice. Harper and Lockett rank one-two on the team's receiving
list with 25 and 22 catches, respectively, the two combining for five TDs. The
rushing attack is led by John Hubert and his 658 yards and eight scores,
although Klein has reached the end zone 14 times in amassing 551 yards.
As good as the offense has been this season, the defense has been every bit as
effective with foes averaging just 16.1 points and 325.9 total yards per
contest. The Wildcats have been especially good against the run (99.3 ypg,
five TDs), and they've come up with 16 turnovers while recording 18 sacks.
Arthur Brown paces the unit with his 55 tackles, while Ty Zimmerman has four
interceptions and Meshak Williams and Adam Davis account for 10 combined
Despite both teams playing pretty sound on defense this year, this is a game
that should feature plenty of offensive fireworks. The Red Raiders are at a
disadvantage going into Manhattan, and for that reason alone they are the
underdogs. Add what Klein and company have been able to do and there is little
doubt that this is the Wildcats' game to lose.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Kansas State 41, Texas Tech 31
10/24 10:42:19 ET