Kansas State football vs Texas Tech live blog updates and scores – The Topeka Capital-Journal

MANHATTAN — Texas Tech had Kansas State on the ropes after three quarters, but the Wildcats pulled away in the fourth and held on for a 37-28 victory over the Red Raiders Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
The Wildcats had 459 yards, including 343 on the ground, with Adrian Martinez gaining 171 and three touchdowns on 12 carries and Deuce Vaughn picking up 170 yards on 23 attempts. The Wildcat defense had six sacks — three each by Felix Anudike-Uzomah and Khalid Duke.
Texas Tech cut the K-State lead to 37-28 on a 3-yard Donovan Smith run and two-point conversion pass to Mason Tharp with 2:23 left.
Kansas State taking control of this game, thanks to its defense. Felix Anudike-Uzomah’s third sack forces a fumble and Robert Hentz recovers at the Texas Tech 27. Four plays later, Adrian Martinez scores from 12 yards — his third rushing touchdown — and the Wildcats lead 37-20 with 5:54 left.
For the second time in the game, a fourth-down stop by the Kansas State defense resulted in a field goal.
The Wildcats shut Tech down at its own 40-yard line, and made it a two-possession game on Chris Tennant’s 32-yard field goal for a 30-20 advantage.
After Texas Tech’s Trey Wolff missed a 42-yard field goal that could have put the Red Raiders on top, K-State makes them pay as Adrian Martinez busts one up the middle for a 69-yard touchdown and the Wildcats are back in front, 27-20, with 13:34 left.
Martinez now has 134 rushing yards and Deuce Vaughn 138.
The third quarter ends with K-State and Texas Tech tied at 20-20, but the Red Raiders were in the red zone before a Khalid Duke sack pushed them back to the 24.
Raiders face third down and 19.
Texas Tech answered K-State scoring drive with a seven-play, 75-yard march and tied the game at 20-20 on Donovan Smith’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Xavier White with 2:56 left in the third quarter.
Kansas State was quiet the entire second quarter, but Deuce Vaughn finally cut loose with a 69-yard run to the Texas Tech 8-yard line.
Following a holding call on the Wildcats, Adrian Martinez found Phillip Brooks for an 18-yard touchdown and a 20-13 lead. Brooks tipped the ball to himself and then made a dive into the end zone.
Texas Tech completed its comeback with a 46-yard drive that resulted in a 39-yard tying field goal by Trey Woff and we’re tied at 13.
Texas Tech scores twice in the last minute, 24 seconds of the half. Following a K-State punt and a quick drive, abetted by a 15-yard personal foul call on a late hit out of bounds by the Wildcats’ Kobe Savage, Trey Wolff hits a 51-yard field goal with no time on the clock to pull the Red Raiders within three, 13-10.
After a big first quarter, K-State’s offense sputtered, but the Wildcats still had 201 total yards in the half. Adrian Martinez was 8 of 11 passing for 83 yards and had 65 rushing yards on six carries, while Deuce Vaughn ran 13 times for 47 yards.
Texas Tech quarterback Donovan Smith was 12 of 17 passing for 82 yards and a touchdown, while SaRodrick Thompson had 48 yards rushing on four attempts. The Red Raiders had 156 total yards in the half.
Texas Tech seemed to find some chinks in K-State’s defensive armor on that drive, going 86 yards in nine plays with Donvan Smith hitting a wide-open Nehemiah Martinez for the 6-yard touchdown. Wildcat lead is cut to 13-7 with 1:24 left in the half.
The Red Raiders picked up five first downs on that drive.
K-State running back Deuce Vaughn fumbled for just the second time in his career, but the Wildcats got the ball back when Kobe Savage laid a big hit on Texas Tech running back Tahj Brooks and Nate Matlack recovered at the K-State 34.
The Wildcats were unable to pick up a first down and Texas Tech takes over at its 15. Good news for K-State, Vaughn was back after going down and receiving attention from the trainers following his fumble.
It was a good first quarter for Kansas State, which got points on all three possessions, albeit settling for short field goals on the last two.
The Wildcats lead Texas Tech 13-0 as we head to the second period.
Kansas State linebackers Daniel Green and Austin Moore came up with back-to-back stops on third and fourth down, setting K-State up at the Texas Tech 33-yard line and leading to a 26-yard Chris Tennant field goal.
The Wildcats had a first down at the Red Raider 11, but stalled again, forcing them to settle for the field goal that made it 13-0 with 24 seconds left in the first quarter.
For the second straight week, K-State scores on its first two possessions. But this time Texas Tech sacks Adrian Martinez on second and goal from the 5 and the Wildcats settle for a 29-yard Chris Tennant field goal.
The kick capped a 14-play, 72-yard drive for the Wildcats that took 6 minutes, 19 seconds off the clock.
Kansas State chose to receive the opening kickoff and it took quarterback Adrian Martinez just two plays to find the end zone.
First Martinez took it up the middle 57 yards on a designed run, then pulled the ball and bolted the final 18 yards to the end zone. K-State is up 7-0 with 14:20 left in the first quarter.
Kansas State remains undefeated this year on the coin toss, winning it for the fifth straight week.
The Wildcats, as they have done twice previously, decide to take the ball first and will receive.
Former K-State standout receiver Curry Sexton, the pride of Abilene (along with Cody Whitehair and Collin Sexton) opens the door to the locker room to bring on the Cats.
Weather conditions at Bill Snyder Family Stadium 10 minutes before kickoff looks promising.
Temperature is 62 degrees under sunny skies with an east wind at 7 mph.
It is agriculture day today at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
Remember, Kansas State was founded in 1863 as the nation’s first land-grant university. It was created to improve the quality of life of all Kansans through on-campus classes, research and outreach beyond the campus.
Arne Green is based in Salina and covers Kansas State University sports for the Gannett network. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @arnegreen.

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