- Texas Tech loses to Kansas State 38-21 and falls to 3-4 this season.
- QB B. Morton does not return for the second half and Tech goes with freshman J. Strong.
- Tech must win 3 of its next five games to be bowl-eligible.
Texas Tech lost 38-21 to Kansas State on Saturday night at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock. The weather at kickoff was 66 degrees, with 4 mph winds from the northwest, and clear skies. Kansas State started the first half with the ball after Texas Tech won the coin toss and deferred to have the ball to start the second half.
The captains of today’s game were Tony Bradford Jr., Baylor Cupp, Dadrion Taylor-Demerson, and Dennis Wilburn. In all, 56,200 people attended today’s game. It’s the highest attendance in the series’ history.
This is the first time this season, that Texas Tech failed to score in the first quarter. As a result of an injury, Morton was unable to return for the second half of the game, and true freshman Jake Strong took over at quarterback. After a back-and-forth first half, Tech took a brief lead in the third quarter 21-17 on their first drive. Kansas State went on a rampage, intercepting the ball 3 times and scoring 21 unanswered points.
Despite Kansas State’s best rush defense entering the game, the Red Raiders rushed for 182 yards. KSU has allowed 100 yards or more rushing in each of its Big 12 conference games this year.
As Kansas State quarterback Avery Johnson rushed for 90 yards and scored five touchdowns, Texas Tech running back Tahj Brooks was 2 yards short of another hundred-yard performance.
Prior to their game against Kansas State, Texas Tech had only given up a total of 18 second-half points in their last three Big 12 contests. Unfortunately, they were unable to maintain this defensive success and allowed 21 points in this latest matchup. It is worth noting that over the past two seasons, Texas Tech has struggled when scoring less than 34 points per game.
Next up for the Red Raiders:
Texas Tech next travels to Provo, Utah to take on the BYU Cougars in their first matchup as Big 12 foes. Texas Tech will go into the game with a 3-4 record while BYU is 4-2 this season The game starts at 6 pm CST and can be seen on Fox Sports 1.