It wasn't until a field goal with less than two minutes remaining in the second quarter that the No. 3 Kansas State Wildcats earned their first lead, but with six touchdowns in the second half they pulled away and handily defeated the No. 14 Texas Tech Red Raiders, 55-24.
On the opening drive of the second half, Collin Klein found the success that he struggled to find in the first. After rushing for only 7 yards and passing for fewer than 100 yards in the first two quarters, Klein led a quick 75-yard drive before throwing a 21-yard touchdown to Tramaine Thompson.
Klein then added two rushing touchdowns in the remainder of the third quarter, running in from 16 and 22 yards out to get the Wildcats out to a 34-17 lead. In the fourth quarter, K-State scored 21 more unanswered points including a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown by senior linebacker Arthur Brown, who has been in All-American discussions.
While Seth Doege found Eric Ward for a 4-yard touchdown with less than two minutes remaining, it was far too little, too late for the Red Raiders as they lost for a second week in a row.
Box Score Hero: The Heisman front-runner looked like he belonged in that role, as he accounted for four second-half touchdowns to put the Wildcats well out of reach for the Red Raiders. Klein completed 19-of-26 passes for 233 through the air and two passing touchdowns while adding 83 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Rankings Ramifications: The Wildcats were the No. 3 team in the country and earned a quality victory over the No. 14 team. With the win, K-State will likely remain in the top three and could move up if the No. 2 Florida Gators can't beat the No. 10 Georgia Bulldogs. The loss will drop the Red Raiders in the rankings, but it's doubtful that they fall out of the top 25 entirely.
But Did They Cover? K-State was favored by 7 points and managed to cover after dominating the second half and winning by a 31-point margin.
Next Week's Schedule: The Wildcats will look to stay undefeated when they host the Oklahoma State Cowboys, while Texas Tech will look to bounce back at home against the Texas Longhorns.
After a slow start for the No. 3 Kansas State Wildcats, a four yard touchdown run by John Hubert followed by a 24-yard field goal by Anthony Cantele in the second quarter erased an early lead for the No. 14 Texas Tech Red Raiders to give the Wildcats a 13-10 lead after the first half.
The Red Raiders got the scoring started in the game with 32-yard a touchdown pass from Seth Doege to Eric Ward on the opening drive of the game. The only other points allowed by K-State in the game came via a 36-yard field goal made by Ryan Bustin at the beginning of the second quarter.
Heisman Trophy contender, Collin Klein, was ineffective on the ground in the first half, gaining only seven yards on five rushing attempts. As a passer, he completed eight-of-12 passes for 99 yards. Texas Tech has emphasized the pass early, as Doege completed 17-of-27 pass attempts for 163 yards and a touchdown.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders struck first against the Kansas St. Wildcats in a battle of two Big 12 powers, one with national title aspirations and the other looking to get into the BCS dark horse conversation. The Red Raiders lead the Wildcats, 7-3, after the first quarter.
The 14th-ranked Red Raiders scored on a 32-yard touchdown pass to Eric Ward from Seth Doege with 11:46 remaining in the first quarter. After each team punted on their next possessions, the third-ranked Wildcats had a fumble return for a touchdown called back with less than two minutes remaining in the quarter, resulting in just a field goal.
Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein has been held in check so far with only 20 yards passing and -5 yards rushing on three carries. The star of the day so far has been Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege, who has 112 yards passing on 12 for 18 and one touchdown.
The Red Raiders are looking to give the Wildcats their first loss of the season while the Wildcats try to remain undefeated and in the BCS championship game hunt.