Saturday, October 27, 2012
Instant analysis: K-State 55, Texas Tech 24
By David Ubben
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Check another game off the list for K-State, which looks more than capable of an undefeated run through the Big 12. It hosts Oklahoma State next week before trips to TCU and Baylor and a season finale at home against Texas. The Wildcats aren't invincible, but it'll take a very, very poor performance to lose to any of those teams.
Texas Tech got off to a quick start, but the Wildcats rallied and kicked off the second half with two quick scores and never looked back in a 55-24 win. Time for some instant analysis:
It was over when: Collin Klein ran right through the middle of Texas Tech's defense for a 22-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter. It gave the Wildcats a 34-17 lead and made it clear that Texas Tech's defense would only be able to claim a nice start on this day.
Game ball goes to: Klein. Another week, another Heisman-worthy performance for the race's frontrunner. He ran for just 7 yards on five carries in the first half, but the second half was his playground. He was efficient both through the air and on the ground. He finished with 233 yards and two scores on 19-of-25 passing, and finished with 83 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Both of those scores came in the second half, when he rushed for 76 yards on seven carries.
Stat of the game: Kansas State scored two touchdowns in 59 seconds early in the third quarter. The whole game swung on that stretch, with K-State scoring on its opening possession of the second half and Texas Tech receiver Eric Ward fumbling a reception on Texas Tech's first drive of the half.
What Texas Tech learned: Its first Big 12 title won't be coming in 2012. A pair of lopsided losses to Oklahoma and K-State make that crystal clear. Tech is a good team that's playing better than anyone thought it would before the season. The Red Raiders are easily a Top 25 team. Maybe a top 20 team. The on-field results make it clear, though: Tech can't hang with the best teams in the league this year.
What Kansas State learned: Who says K-State is lacking in style points? It went on the road and beat a flashy West Virginia team by 41 last week. This week, another Top 25 opponent went down in flames at the hands of the red-hot Wildcats. K-State was outplayed in the first half, and still led. During a dominant second half, Texas Tech looked completely outmanned.