We are bowl eligible. On to Texas after a faux bye week. Oh alright... lets take a look at this game.
Texas Tech comes out with a purpose and scores on its first 4 drives. Two scores a piece from Stockton and Washington show that the run game is alive in Lubbock like nothing seen in the Air-Raid era. If not for a kick-off return by Morgan Burns, this may be a perfect quarter. Defense plays lights out forcing, punt, fumble, punt, punt and it looked like Tech may run away with this one. But...
End of 1st Qtr: Texas Tech 28... Kansas St 7
The second would show how this game would go as a Bill Snyder coached team is too disciplined and good to go quietly. KSU has a 10 play, 71 yard drive to start the 2nd that takes over 5 minutes off the clock to cut the lead to 28-14. Tech would respond immediately with a 6 play drive of their own capped by a 19 yard pass from Mahomes to Lauderdale to keep the pressure on.
On the ensuing drive, KSU would do their best Tech impression scoring in 1:39 and getting back to within two scores.
Halftime: Texas Tech 35.... Kansas St 21
Kansas State would open the 2nd half with the ball, but be forced to punt. Looking to put the game away, Tech hands the ball to DeAndre Washington who had a monster game, but fumbles while trying to move the pile an extra yard or two. The break gives KSU a short field and they punch it in, in short order cutting the lead to 7, 35-28.
Tech would hunker down, and answer with an 8 play, 80 yard TD drive that would seeing Justin Stockton taking a jet sweep in from 20 yards out for his third score of the day.
After forcing a punt, and getting a short field off a shank, Tech's offense is unable to capitalize and would settle for a 48 yard field goal by Clayton Hatfield.
End of 3rd Qtr: Texas Tech 45 .... Kansas St 28
Tech would look to cement the game with a drive spanning the end of the 3rd and the beginning of the 4th, with a 16 play, 82 yard drive that took over six and a half minutes to put Tech up 52-28. It was all but over until Bill Snyder rallied the troops one last time.
KSU would answer with a 10 play, 60 yard drive as Joe Hubner would connect with Dominque Heath for a 6 yard TD pass on 4th down no less to chip away at the Tech lead. The two point conversion would fail though leaving KSU looking up to a 52-34 deficit.
Showing onside kick, but kicking it deep would pin Tech inside their own 10 to start their drive. After forcing a punt, KSU would go 33 yards on 1 play to score as Nigel Bethel lost track of Kyle Klein and what once was a runaway game is now an 11 point lead 52-41.
KSU would convert the onside kick but be held to a field goal. Tech's lead down to eight at 52-44.
KSU would line up for another onside kick and seemed to convert, but it would be called back on an off-sides penalty. On their 2nd attempt and 3rd in consecutive drives, Ja'Deion High would recover the kick all but sealing the victory.
For good measure, DeAndre Washington would cement an awesome Senior Day with a 12 yard TD run putting Tech up 59-44. Even more icing on the cake, Jah'Shawn Johnson would pick off Hubner to end the game.
FINAL: Texas Tech 59.... Kansas St 44
DeAndre Washington rushed for 248 yards on 27 carries and 3 TDs
Justin Stockton had 2 rec TDs and 1 rushing TD.
Texas Tech only allowed 123 rushing yards
Texas Tech out gained KSU 658 to 412
Tech won the turnover battle 2-1. Both were recovered by Jah'Shawn Johnson
Mahomes threw for 384 yards and 3 TDs
Michael Barden averaged 51.5 yards on 4 punts. 62 yarder for a long.
Prediction vs. Reality
My Prediction: Texas Tech 24 - Oklahoma St 41 (8-2, 5-2)
Prediction Summary: The resurgence of Bill Snyder continues to haunt the Red Raiders. On both sides of the ball, Tech looks exhausted and overmatched. Kansas State runs away with this one, sending Tech fans home early.
Reality: Nothing like being home at the Jones. Coming into the week, the offense had struggled in all but one of the last 4 games. The one game just happened to be at home and today was no difference. DeAndre Washington had a huge day as did many defensive seniors and the team does just enough to withstand a furious comeback attempt by Bill Snyder and his crew to become bowl eligible. 8 wins still a possibility.
You can find my full season predictions here.
Post Game Conference
Next Game: Thanksgiving Night vs.Texas at , Austin, TX, 6pm kickoff.
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