Wildcat report: K-State 49, Texas Tech 26
11/09/2013 4:54 PM
11/09/2013 4:56 PM
Key play: John Hubert broke free for a 63-yard touchdown to give Kansas State a 7-3 lead.
Key stat: Hubert rushed for 97 yards.
Key play: Baker Mayfield lost a fumble, and K-State responded with a touchdown moments before halftime.
Key stat: K-State completed all six of its passes.
Key play: K-State recovered an onside kick after Texas Tech had pulled to within 35-19.
Key stat: The Wildcats were held to 63 yards.
Key play: Ty Zimmerman returned an interception 43 yards for a touchdown that put K-State ahead 49-19.
Key stat: K-State finished the game without an attempted field goal, but eight kickoffs.
Offense: A. K-State saw Texas Tech’s weakness against the run and exploited it. The Wildcats, and John Hubert in particular, ran all over the Red Raiders. When K-State did throw the ball, Daniel Sams and Jake Waters made smart decisions.
Defense: A+. The Wildcats survived two impressive drives from Texas Tech in the first quarter and then dominated the game from there. Ty Zimmerman and Ryan Mueller are proving themselves as some of the Big 12’s top playmakers.
Special teams: A. K-State recovered an important surprise onside kick in the third quarter and Travis Britz blocked a kick. A solid outing from this unit.
Coaching: A+. Remember, Texas Tech was favored in this game. K-State outplayed the Red Raiders in every category, and Bill Snyder had his team ready to go from the opening kick.
Player of the game: Hubert. His 63-yard touchdown run in the first quarter set the tone for a strong afternoon. He finished with 157 yards and a touchdown.
Reason to hope: The Wildcats have won three in a row, and might be favored in their final three games, though a home game against Oklahoma will likely be considered a toss-up.
Reason to mope: There are no mulligans in college football. K-State would start much better than 2-4 if it could go back and play its first six games now.
Looking ahead: TCU comes to Manhattan, the first of two consecutive home games.
Notes• Bill Snyder and Ty Zimmerman had a smile-filled exchange after Zimmerman returned an interception 43 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
When asked about the back-and-forth, Snyder said he was simply reminding Zimmerman about the good things that can happen when defensive backs hold onto interceptions. Zimmerman dropped a potential pick in the first half.• Travis Britz blocked his fourth kick of the season against Texas Tech. He is developing a unique skill on special teams.
• Kansas State played in front of bowl representatives for the first time on Saturday. The Alamo Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl all had people in attendance.