The K-State Wildcats showed up in Lubbock with their claws out against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday. Providing the Raiders with their third straight loss, the Wildcats triumphed in their third consecutive win, with a final score of 49-26.
The Red Raiders were the first to put points on the board, with a 23-yard field goal from kicker Ryan Bustin with 11:42 left in the first quarter. However, that lead didn’t hold for long as the Wildcats answered with a 63-yard run from senior running back, John Hubert.
The Red Raiders would score for the last time in the first half with a 2-yard pass touchdown to Eric Ward from Davis Webb. This would give the Red Raiders their second and final lead of the game.
The Wildcats put on the jets with 28 unanswered points which would carry them to 35-10 at the end of the first half.
A pair of scores, including a 4-yard touchdown run from Mayfield and a 31-yard field goal from Bustin, helped the Red Raiders narrow the gap to 35-19.
Quarterback Jake Waters had two rushing touchdowns and one 20-yard touchdown pass to Tramaine Thompson, while quarterback Daniel Sams contributed with 1-yard and 5-yard rushing touchdowns, in the game.
It was a noteworthy game for the Wildcat defense, which shone particularly bright in the first half. Ryan Mueller, who was named Big 12 Player of the Week, had three sacks for 19 yards, topping his own personal record for sacks per game.
Senior defensive back, Ty Zimmerman, also had an outstanding performance, despite a problematic shoulder that sidelined him for part of the game. Zimmerman contributed with a 43-yard touchdown off of an intercepted pass from Red Raider backup quarterback, Baker Mayfield, in the fourth quarter. Zimmerman, who now has his second pick-six of the season and 13 career interceptions, only needs two more to break the Wildcats school record.
Linebacker Jonathan Truman led the wildcats in double-digit tackles with a game-high of 12. Defensive back Randall Evans had one interception and 10 solo tackles.
This marks K-State’s head coach, Bill Snyder’s 175 career win, becoming the 46th coach in NCAA history to do so.
The Wildcats (5-4, 3-3 Big 12) will host TCU (4-6, 2-5 Big 12) at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2:30 p.m.