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Kansas State-Texas Tech football preview

Updated: 2013-11-08T00:01:51Z

When/where: 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas

TV/radio: ABC (Chs. 2, 9); WHB (810 AM)

The series: Texas Tech leads 8-5

The line: Texas Tech by 3

What’s at stake

Kansas State is trying to build off the momentum it gained from back-to-back wins. Texas Tech is trying to bounce back after two straight losses. If the Wildcats win Saturday, these two teams could compete for bowl positioning the rest of the way.

Cheers if …

K-State wins the turnover battle. It has only done so once this season, and when that happened it won big, 41-7 over Iowa State.

Jeers if …

Texas Tech goes ahead early. K-State is not built to come from behind and win games on the road.

Three things about Texas Tech

1 Baker Mayfield, a freshman walk-on, opened the year as Tech’s starting quarterback until he was injured against Kansas. Then Davis Webb, another true freshman, took over. Though it all, Texas Tech has maintained the second-best passing attack in the country.

2 Jace Amaro is the best catch-first tight end in the Big 12, if not the nation. He leads Texas Tech with 79 catches for 1,035 yards.

3 Texas Tech’s defense let it down in its two losses, surrendering 38 points to Oklahoma and 52 to Oklahoma State. An inability to stop the run plagued the Red Raiders in both games. They are allowing nearly 158 yards on the ground.

Key matchup

Ty Zimmerman and Dante Barnett vs. Davis Webb: Texas Tech will throw for big yardage against K-State, and Amaro will likely have a huge day against the soft mid-section of the Wildcats’ secondary. But Webb is turnover prone. He has thrown four interceptions in his past two games, and it is up to K-State’s safeties to take advantage of his mistakes. If they keep everything in front of them and stay patient, they could both create turnovers.

Kellis Robinett’s pick: Texas Tech, 37-31

This will be a shootout. K-State has no answer for Amaro and Texas Tech will struggle to slow Daniel Sams and John Hubert. The team that avoids turnovers and makes plays in the fourth quarter will win. Bill Snyder teams usually thrive in those settings, but playing at home on senior day gives a desperate Texas Tech team a slight edge.

K-STATE (4-4, 2-3 Big 12)

Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 30North Dakota StateL, 24-21
Sept. 7Louisiana-LafayetteW, 48-27
Sept. 14MassachusettsW, 37-7
Sept. 21at TexasL, 31-21
Oct. 5at Oklahoma StateL, 33-29
Oct. 12BaylorL, 35-25
Oct. 26West VirginiaW, 35-12
Nov. 2Iowa StateW, 41-7
Saturdayat Texas Tech11 a.m.
Nov. 16TCU2:30 p.m.
Nov. 23OklahomaTBA
Nov. 30at KansasTBA

TEXAS TECH (7-2, 4-2 Big 12)

Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 30at SMUW, 41-23
Sept. 7Stephen F. AustinW, 61-13
Sept. 12TCUW, 20-10
Sept. 21Texas StateW, 33-7
Oct. 5at KansasW, 54-16
Oct. 12Iowa StateW, 42-35
Oct. 19at West VirginiaW, 37-27
Oct. 26at OklahomaL, 38-30
Nov. 2Oklahoma StateL, 52-34
SaturdayKansas State11 a.m.
Nov. 16vs. Baylor*TBA
Nov. 28at Texas6:30 p.m.

*at Arlington, Texas

K-STATE OFFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR16Tyler Lockett5-11175Jr.
WR14Curry Sexton5-11183Jr.
LT78Cornelius Lucas6-9328Sr.
LG55Cody Whitehair6-4309So.
C66B.J. Finney6-4303Jr.
RG79Keenan Taylor6-4290Sr.
RT73Tavon Rooks6-5280Sr.
TE18Andre McDonald6-8278Sr.
WR86Tramaine Thompson5-8167Sr.
QB15Jake Waters6-1210Jr.
RB33John Hubert5-7191Sr.
K3Jack Cantele6-0193So.

K-STATE DEFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE44Ryan Mueller6-2245Jr.
DT98Chaquil Reed6-3309Sr.
DT95Travis Britz6-4293So.
DE45Marquel Bryant6-3241So.
LB50Tre Walker6-3225Sr.
LB53Blake Slaughter5-10227Sr.
LB21Jonathan Truman5-11219Jr.
CB4Dorrian Roberts5-10168Sr.
FS12Ty Zimmerman6-1204Sr.
SS22Dante Barnett6-1186So.
CB15Randall Evans6-0190Jr.
P38Mark Krause5-11218Sr.

TEXAS TECH OFFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR11Jakeem Grant5-6160So.
WR4Bradley Marquez5-11200Jr.
LT62Le’Raven Clark6-5320So.
LG56Alfredo Morales6-3320So.
C75Jared Kaster6-3275So.
RG72Beau Carpenter6-6285Jr.
RT71Rashad Fortenberry6-5285Sr.
TE22Jace Amaro6-5260Jr.
WR18Eric Ward6-0205Sr.
QB16Michael Brewer6-1185So.
TB34Kenny Williams5-9225Jr.
K48Ryan Bustin5-11180Jr.

TEXAS TECH DEFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE91Kerry Hyder6-2280Sr.
DT9Branden Jackson6-4240So.
NG96Dennell Wesley6-1310Sr.
DE10Pete Robertson6-3225So.
LB7Will Smith6-3220Sr.
LB13Sam Eguavoen6-1220Jr.
LB1Terrance Bullitt6-3220Sr.
CB24Bruce Jones5-7180Sr.
FS5Tre’ Porter6-0205Sr.
SS30Austin Stewart6-0205Jr.
CB29Olaoluwa Falemi5-9160Sr.
P26Ryan Erxleben6-1190Sr.

Kellis Robinett, krobinett@kcstar.com

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