Texas Tech 59, Kansas State 44: What We Learned

The Red Raiders hold off a late surge in Lubbock.
Photo by Ashley Wirz

Photo by Ashley Wirz

2013 all over again.

The Red Raiders replicated the 2013 season in today’s win, so they could go bowling for the first time in two years. Tech started the 2013 season with a 7-0 start, but lost five straight to end the year. That season ended on a high note, with a Holiday Bowl win over Arizona State. Tonight, the Red Raiders jumped out to a 28-7 lead, and tied a program record for most points scored in a quarter. DeAndre Washington and Justin Stockton combined for three rushing scores, and Patrick Mahomes threw a touchdown pass.

Then the downhill momentum began. The Raiders’ defense allowed 14 points to Kansas State in the second quarter and 16 in the fourth. The Raider lead diminished to seven in the third, and eight in the fourth before the team’s final stand. It looked like Kansas State would recover its second straight onside kick, but Tech recovered the second attempt after a penalty. Seven plays and 43 yards later, Washington found the end zone for the third time. That was the final nail on the coffin for the traveling ‘Cats.

Kingsbury’s job is safe.

This was an important win for Kliff Kingsbury because it probably saved his job. As the Dallas Cowboys have learned this season, when the ball starts rolling in the wrong direction, you find ways to lose. A loss today could’ve sparked fears of a loss in Austin on Thanksgiving. That would’ve been another dismal end to another quick start to a season. If you recall, he’s been on the hot seat the last two years because his team’s production has dropped off dramatically, and the Raiders have gone on skids. First, it was five wins in an 18-game stretch between 2013 and 2014. Then, it was this season’s two wins in a seven game span. Today’s win ended that, and sealed Kingsbury’s second bowl berth in three years as coach. It also cools down his seat for the time being.

As always: The offense is really, really good.

The star of the night was running back DeAndre Washington, who finished the game with 27 carries for 248 yards, and three touchdowns. More importantly, it was accomplished against the Big 12’s top rushing defense. He, along with quarterback Patrick Mahomes, led the Raiders to their sixth 50-point game this season. Mahomes finished the game with 384 passing yards and four total touchdowns.

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