Texas Tech’s late-season losing streak continued as Kansas State controlled momentum for the entire second half and defeated the Red Raiders, 21-6, on Saturday afternoon at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas.
The Wildcats held Texas Tech to 181 total yards and no touchdowns.
In a mysterious move, Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury inserted McLane Carter at quarterback with less than six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and the Red Raiders trailing 18-6. Carter promptly fumbled on his first play and gave the ball back to Kansas State.
The Wildcats scored a touchdown to put the game away.
Perhaps Kingsbury was looking for a spark after starter Jett Duffey failed to get the team in the end zone or score at all in the final three quarters. Duffey completed 19 of 27 passes for 150 yards and finished in negative rushing yards.
With the loss, Kingsbury’s record versus Bill Snyder and Kansas State fell to 1-5. The wise old Wildcats coach saw his team shut down Texas Tech’s offense.
After driving for a field goal on its opening possession, the Red Raiders scored just three points for the rest of the contest.
Texas Tech’s inability to sustain early momentum against Kansas State mirrors that of the program under Kingsbury.
The Red Raiders were 5-2 after defeating Kansas in mid-October this season. But now Texas Tech (5-6) needs a win over Baylor next week to get bowl eligible.
In Kingsbury’s six seasons, Texas Tech is 7-23 from the eighth game of the season on.
Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson, who led the Wildcats to a comeback victory in Lubbock last season, passed for 218 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.
Kansas State took the lead by driving 48 yards for a touchdown at the end of the second quarter. Thompson hit Malik Knowles for an 8-yard touchdown to cap the drive and give the Wildcats a 10-6 lead they would not relinquish.