Tech aims for sixth win against K-State
LUBBOCK, Texas (TEXAS TECH ATHLETICS) – Texas Tech returns home with its 5-2 record and aims for bowl eligibility as Kansas State heads to town for an 11 a.m. showdown at Jones AT&T Stadium. This weekend marks Family weekend at Texas Tech, a tradition since 1936. TV coverage will be provided by FS1 with Tim Brando behind the microphone alongside his longtime analyst Spencer Tillman. Fans can access the game from their mobile device or stream it using the FOX Sports app.
Texas Tech Sports Network will also broadcast the game to 46 affiliates statewide in Texas and New Mexico, with Brian Jensen having the call alongside analyst John Harris, touches reporter Chris Level and the engineer Steve Pitts. The radio show can also be listened to on XM channel 203, Sirius channel 99 or through the TuneIn app. Match tickets remain available for Saturday’s competition and can be purchased in line or by contacting the sports ticket office at 806-742-TECH.
INSIDE THE SERIES
- Texas Tech and Kansas State will meet for the 22nd time on Saturday in a back-and-forth series that currently has the Wildcats with a historic 12-9 advantage. The Wildcats enter this weekend having won nine of the last 10 games, including a 31-21 victory last season in Manhattan. The Red Raiders had won five straight games against K-State before the Wildcats’ winning streak began in 2011.
- The Red Raiders’ only victory in that eight-year streak came in 2015 when DeAndre Washington rushed for a career-high 248 yards and three touchdowns in a 59-44 victory at Lubbock. Washington became the first Red Raider to run for at least 200 yards since Shaud Williams did so against Colorado in 1999, as it was the seventh-highest running total in school history. Patrick Mahomes also threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns in the win.
- In its five-game losing streak against the Wildcats, Texas Tech has lost three of those games by a single possession. The Red Raiders are all-time 1-5 in games determined by seven points or less against the Wildcats.
- The two schools have only met three times outside of the Big 12 game, the first being a 6-0 victory for the Red Raiders in 1933. Both schools also played in Lubbock during the 1963 and 1986 seasons, both victories. at Texas Tech.
TEXAS TECH-KANSAS STATUS CONNECTIONS
- Kansas State defensive tackles coach Mike Tuiasosopo was a Utah State staffer in 1996 during Matt Wells‘final year as an Aggie student-athlete. This season was the first of four for Tuiasosopo as coach of the Utah State defensive line where the Aggies won the Big West Conference title.
- Kansas State Defensive Ends Coach Buddy Wyatt worked with Texas Tech Defensive Line Coach Paul Randolph for three seasons in Alabama from 2003 to 2005 where they both worked with the Crimson Tide defensive line. He left the Alabama team before the 2007 season to take the same position in Nebraska where he worked under the current linebacker coach of Texas Tech. Kevin cosgrove, who was the Huskers’ defensive coordinator at the time.
- Kansas State cornerback coach Van Malone worked with a handful of Texas Tech employees, including Tommerdahl at Texas A&M from 2006 to 2007, as well as Randolph and the defensive coordinator. Keith Patterson at Tulsa in 2010. Malone was the secondary coach at both stops as he ultimately worked under Patterson for a season while he was defensive co-coordinator. Randolph was also on that staff at Tulsa as senior associate head coach and defensive co-coordinator in charge of the defensive line.
- Texas Tech outside receivers coach Joel filani put up perhaps the best game of his playing career against Kansas State in 2005 as the then junior made 10 catches for a school record in a 255-yard receiving game in a 59-20 rout. Filani’s one-game record was then broken in 2018 when Antoine Welsey totaled 261 yards in the air against Houston.
- Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt was a four-year letterman to linebacker at Kansas State where he led the Big 8 conference in tackles as a junior in 1993. Hocutt, who was named his senior captain under legendary K-State Bill head coach Snyder, was named to the All-Team Big 8 Conference following his junior season. Sporting News selected him in 1993 as one of the 20 “most underrated” players in the country. He received his degree in political science from the State of Kansas in 1995.
REACH BOWL ELIGIBILITY FOR RED RAIDERS
- The Red Raiders will seek bowl eligibility for the first time since 2017 on Saturday against Kansas State. The Red Raiders, one of the most frequent bowlers in college football history, are looking to avoid their first four-year bowl absence since staying at home after the playoffs for eight consecutive seasons. from 1978 to 1985. This is currently Texas Tech’s longest season without a bowl season since missing the 1990-92 playoffs.
- A win over Kansas State would take the Red Raiders to 6-2 overall, marking their best start to the season since 2013, when Texas Tech was 7-1 in eight games. This would mark the seventh time in the Big 12 era where Texas Tech started a season 6-2 on aggregate or better as the Red Raiders had similar starts in 1998 (6-2), 2005 (7-1). , 2007 (6-2), 2008 (8-0), 2012 (6-2) and 2013 (7-1). The Red Raiders have finished with eight or more wins in five of those six seasons previously.
- This is the 14th time in the Big 12 era that the Red Raiders started a season 5-2 on aggregate. Of the 13 previous occasions, Texas Tech has reached a bowl game in 11 of those seasons, with the two exceptions occurring in 2011 and 2018.
- Texas Tech entered this season tied for 21st all-time with 38 career bowl appearances, tying the totals of other Big 12 TCU members as well as Ole Miss, BYU and Notre Dame. The Red Raiders are tied for third among current Big 12 members in bowl appearances, behind Texas (57) and Oklahoma (54).
RANDOM TIDBITS TO KANSAS STATE GAME
- The win over Kansas marked Texas Tech’s third on the road or at a neutral site this season. That’s the most in a season since 2017, when the Red Raiders returned home with wins over Houston, Kansas, Baylor (AT&T Stadium – Arlington) and Texas. The Red Raiders have just two road games left in Oklahoma (Oct. 30) and Baylor (Nov. 27) to close out the season.
- Texas Tech’s two conference wins this season have come to the road as the Red Raiders have moved ahead of West Virginia and Kansas in recent weeks. This is the first time Tech has won back-to-back road wins since 2018 when the Red Raiders opened their league roster with a 41-17 loss to No. 15 Oklahoma State and then a 17 victory. -14 at the TCU. . Tech hasn’t won three straight Big 12 road games since 2008, when the Red Raiders outscored Kansas State, Texas A&M and Kansas.
- The injury virus has plagued the Red Raiders in recent weeks, as 14 members from both depths of Texas Tech have missed a game in the past three weeks, a roster that includes two of his three preseason All- picks. Big 12 in wide receiver. Erik Ezukanma (WVU) and center Dawson deaton (WVU, KU). Technology was also lacking DaMarcus Fields (WVU), Tyler shough (the three games), Adrien frye (KU), Tony Bradford Jr. (KU), Waters of the Marquis (out of season), Malik Dunlap (WVU, TCU), JJ Sparkman (the three games), TJ Storment (KU), Reggie Pearson Jr. (TCU), Kosi Eldridge (TCU, KU), Troy te’o (KU) and Tahj brooks (all three games) during this streak.
- This is only the fourth time in the Big 12 era that Texas Tech has taken on the two Sunflower State schools in Kansas and Kansas in consecutive weeks. The Red Raiders had done it before in 2000, 2001 and 2016, dividing the two games in each of those three years.
- Texas Tech enters this weekend with a 42-17 record against unranked conference opponents at home during the Big 12 era.
- Matt Wells is an impressive 36-15 in his home games career (0.706 winning percentage) after going 27-7 in his seasons at Utah State, then 9-6 so far during his tenure at Texas Tech. The Red Raiders were 4-2 at home a year ago, marking their first winning season at home since 2015.