Key play: Meshak Williams forced a fumble while sacking Seth Doege to set up K-State’s first score.
Key stat: Texas Tech outgained K-State 124-19.
Key play: John Hubert had a brilliant touchdown run from four yards out in which he broke a tackle and fought past three other defenders to reach the end zone.
Key stat: K-State gained 124 yards.
Key play: Collin Klein scored on a 22-yard touchdown run to make the score 34-17.
Key stat: K-State picked up 13 first downs.
Key play: Arthur Brown intercepted a pass from Doege and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown.
Key stat: K-State scored the first three touchdowns of the quarter, ending all hope of a Texas Tech comeback.
Offense: A. It took a while to get going against Texas Tech’s defense, but once it did Klein and company were hard to stop. Tyler Lockett and Chris Harper both had big days and John Hubert had some nice runs, too.
Defense: B. It’s hard to give this high marks considering Texas Tech outgained K-State 442-426, but K-State’s defense was strong in the second half and the Wildcats won by 31 points.
Special teams: A. Meshak Williams blocked a kick. That’s always a plus. Everyone else played solid here.
Coaching: A. Tommy Tuberville came out with the better gameplan, but once Bill Snyder made a few adjustments the game wasn’t close. Snyder won that chess game match.
Player of the game
Meshak Williams. He single-handedly kept K-State close in the first half.
Reason to hope
K-State will start November with an undefeated record, and the three toughest games on its schedule are behind it.
Reason to mope
If the Wildcats continue to start slow in games, they will give lesser opponents hope.
Oklahoma State, which convincingly beat TCU on Saturday, comes to Snyder Family Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Wildcats last year, and only have one conference loss. The game will be important for both sides.
“Up to this point in time they have handled it well.” Bill Snyder on K-State playing in the face of high expectations.
K-State once again had problems closing out the first half with a touchdown form point-blank range. Before the Wildcats attempted a third-and-goal play from the 2, Snyder called timeout and set up a trick play. Klein handed off to backup running back Angelo Pease, who was hit while trying to attempt a jump pass. The ball went soaring out of bounds, and Anthony Cantele kicked a field goal on the next play. K-State also got cute with a trick play late in the first half against Miami, and a designed running play against Kansas. All three plays failed. “It’s one of those deals where if it works we are skipping down the street,” Collin Klein said. “If it doesn’t we have to answer some tough questions afterward. We always think we’ve got a great chance it doesn’t work out that way. It didn’t today, but it was worth a try.”
• One easy way to avoid complacency down the stretch? Fullback Braden Wilson simply remembers what league K-State plays in.
“This is the big 12,” Wilson said. “We are not going to have an easy game that’s just how it is it doesn’t matter if it’s a ranked opponent or not. They are all hard games.”
Worth noting: Special guests at Saturday’s game included NFL scouts from the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens, bowl representatives from the Fiesta and Sugar Bowls and Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby.… Tre Walker left the game after injuring his left leg on an awkward tackle. He was helped off the field by two K-State trainers.… Left tackle Cornelius Lucas also limped off the field in the second half with a foot injury. Snyder did not comment on the status of either player after the game.