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Kansas State-Texas Tech football report

Updated: 2013-11-09T23:02:23Z

First quarter

Key play: John Hubert broke free for a 63-yard touchdown that gave Kansas State a 7-3 lead.

Key stat: Hubert rushed for 97 yards.

Second quarter

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.

Third quarter

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.

Fourth quarter

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.

Player of the game: John 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.

Kellis Robinett, krobinett@kcstar.com

Report card

A OffenseK-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.
A+ DefenseThe 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.
A Special teamsK-State recovered an important surprise onside kick in the third quarter and Travis Britz blocked a kick. A solid outing from this unit.
A+ CoachingRemember, 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.

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