Kansas State (8-0, 5-0) remains unbeaten and Heisman hopeful Collin Klein built up his case for that honor with a big 55-24 win over 14th ranked Texas Tech (6-2, 3-2).
The Red Raiders used a high-tempo offense to move the ball easily in the first quarter. They struck first on a 32-yard strike from Seth Doege to receiver Eric Ward.
Later in the first quarter, Doege was strip-sacked by a blindsiding blitzer. The loose ball was picked up and returned 69 yards for a touchdown by Childs of KSU. A flag for an illegal block during the return negated the touchdown, though.
Meshak Williams, the guy who caused the fumble on Doege, also blocked a field goal with five minutes to go until the half. Klein then used his legs and arm to put the Wildcats in position to take a 13-10 lead heading into halftime.
After the half, it was much of the same for the Wildcats. They quickly struck first and then forced a fumble on the ensuing Red Raiders possession to jump to a 27-10 lead that they would not surrender.
Alex Apple, a TCU beat writer, remarked about Doege’s quick start after last week’s shootout vs. TCU.
Ralph D. Russo, an AP college football writer, mused early about Texas Tech’s propensity to spoil the championship dreams of the rest of the Big 12.
Texas Tech and Tuberville won't be happy until they have ruined any chance the Big 12 has of winning a national championship.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) October 27, 2012
AP Sports Writer Dave Skretta pointed out that Klein’s third quarter was insane. Klein added to those numbers, finishing with 95 yards passing and 76 rushing in the quarter.
Collin Klein needs a Heisman highlight film, this quarter should do it. 6-7 passing, 85 yds, TD. 5 carries, 70 yds, 2 TDs— Dave Skretta (@APdaveskretta) October 27, 2012
It’s hard to remember the early struggles of K State after they went up 47-17 following an interception of Seth Doege and return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Remember when we thought Texas Tech had K-State on the ropes? It's 48-17 Wildcats. Give Bill Snyder his Big 12 coach of the year award.— CBSSportsBig12 (@CBSSportsBig12) October 27, 2012
Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State—A+
Klein started out slow but then kicked it into gear in the second quarter. He ran, he passed, he did everything that you’ve heard he can do in order to lead his third-ranked Wildcats forward and toward their hope of playing in the national championship game.
His game-changing third quarter performance totaled 95 yards and a touchdown on 7-of-8 passing, 76 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Seth Doege, QB, Texas Tech—C
Doege picked up right where he left off against TCU last week, leading a quick touchdown drive and then putting his team into position to go up two scores. Unfortunately, he held the ball too long and was strip-sacked.
That led to a huge reversal of momentum and the Red Raiders could not recover. He hung in tough despite the rash of turnovers he and his team surrendered and played a decent game until the final whistle.
John Hubert, RB, Kansas State—A
Hubert had a big run that brought the ball to the 10-yard line in the 2nd quarter and then Hubert finished it off himself. After taking the ball between the tackles, he hit a wall and then sprung it toward the sidelines and scored to tie the game at 10-10.
Throughout the game Hubert ran hard and with good vision. His initial quickness into the hole kept the Red Raiders defense forced to key on him and that opened up running lanes for Klein with the read option.
Eric Ward, WR, Texas Tech—C+
Ward started out with an amazing first half that included the team’s opening-drive touchdown. He hauled in a 32-yard pass from Doege to start the scoring.
However, in the third quarter Ward fumbled a pass from Doege that resulted in the Wildcats building a 27-10 lead.
The schedule gets a little easier for the Wildcats next week as they will welcome Oklahoma State to Bill Snyder Stadium. They'll have a winnable stretch to close at their season with games at TCU and Baylor and then finish things off hosting Texas at Bill Snyder.
If Florida drops to Georgia (currently trailing 10-9 in the fourth quarter), the Wildcats will likely earn a spot in the national championship game if they win the rest of their remaining games.
Texas Tech drops its second loss of the season and second in Big 12 competition. They’ll finish with a similar stretch by facing Texas, Oklahoma State, Baylor and Kansas to wrap up their 2012 season.
Their hopes of winning the Big 12 are likely gone after this second conference loss. They've also played themselves out of BCS Bowl consideration after this loss.
Mike Hoag Jr. is a B/R Breaking News Team writer and covers the NFL, NCAA Football and the Cleveland Browns for the site. Follow him on Twitter for analysis and updates on the latest news and happenings in the sports world.