The Kansas State football team apparently had heard about how the basketball team has started slow in every game this season before turning it on in the second half to win and said, “Hold my beer.” This game had only three field goals in the first half as Kansas State led 6-3 at halftime. The second half was 24-24 in what turned out to be a crazy game. The Wildcats never trailed in this game and won 30-27 against Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas.
Kansas State scored first on a 32-yard field goal with 1:19 left in the first quarter. Texas Tech countered with a field goal of their own with 8:40 left in the first half which was immediately answered with another Kansas State field goal. The game stayed that way until halftime.
After halftime both teams decided to completely change what they were doing and it was one touchdown after another. The two teams each scored touchdowns the first two times they touched the ball in the second half and each added another touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats got the ball back after a Texas Tech touchdown with 3:58 left in the game and held on to the ball the rest of the game as they were eventually able to run out the clock.
The win guarantees Kansas State at least a .500 season and a winning regular season. The win puts Kansas State in a tie for fifth place in the Big 12 with Texas at 4-4.
Player of the Game
QB Skylar Thompson didn’t have the best statistics, but as usual in Kansas State wins he made the plays that needed to be made. Thompson was 14-for-28 throwing for 246 yards and two touchdowns. He only gained 14 yards on seven carries so that’s still a problem with the Wildcats offense that needs to be addressed. In the second half Thompson made some really nice passes as Kansas State racked up the points. He spread the passes out about as evenly as possible. Chabastian Taylor led the team with three receptions, five others had two receptions and Jax Dineen had one. You cannot get much more balanced than that. That will cause problems for a defense.
WR Malik Knowles was not a part of the receiving game but he had three rushes for 44 yards.
RB James Gilbert rushed for 61 yards on 12 carries for a 5.1 yard per carry average.
Kansas State returns home Saturday for their final regular season game against Iowa State. A Kansas State win would give them a winning conference season and a tie with the Cyclones in the conference.