MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- NCAA passing leader Sonny Cumbie threw
for 326 yards and two touchdowns, but Texas Tech needed big plays
on defense and kicking teams Saturday night to salt away a 35-25
victory over Kansas State.
Kansas State, trailing 28-19, appeared to have a first-and-goal
from the 9 but was penalized for throwing two forward passes on the
On the next play, defensive end Adell Duckett intercepted Dylan
Meier's pass and returned it 24 yards to the Kansas State 43.
On the next play after that, Taurean Henderson burst through a
big hole up the middle and went 43 yards for a touchdown, giving
the Red Raiders (5-3, 3-2 Big 12) a 35-19 lead with 5:22 to go.
Kansas State (3-5, 1-4) drove 75 yards a few minutes later, with
Meier scoring on a 2-yard run. But a pass for a two-point
Cumbie, bidding to become the third Texas Tech quarterback in
three years to pass for over 5,000 yards, was 27-of-39 and directed
scoring drives on his first two possessions.
Meier was 26-for-41 for 248 yards and added 84 yards on 16
rushes -- a yard better than Darren Sproles
The defending Big 12 champion Wildcats are off to their worst
start since 1989 when Bill Snyder's first Kansas State team
The loss also put Kansas State's goal of a 12th straight bowl
appearance in jeopardy and dropped the Big 12 North Division to
3-13 against the South, with all three wins coming against Baylor.
Danny Amendola, picking up several good blocks, returned a
Kansas State punt 90 yards to give the Red Raiders what appeared to
be a comfortable 28-10 lead with 4:31 left in the third quarter,
But then the Wildcats scored nine points in 37 seconds. Tearrius
George and Brandon Archer sacked Cumbie in the end zone for a
safety. Then after the ensuing kick, Sproles broke three tackles
and went 40 yards for a touchdown to make it 28-19.
It was the 42nd rushing TD for Sproles, breaking the school
Texas Tech led at halftime only 14-7 despite amassing 278 total
yards to just 100 for the Wildcats. Tech's Alex Trlica missed field
goals of 48 and 41 yards in the second quarter when drives stalled
on third-and-10 and third-and-21 plays.
Cumbie, shrugging aside any lingering affects from last week's
51-21 loss to No. 8 Texas, hit 7 of 8 passes in the opening drive.
He moved into scoring position with a 40-yard completion to Joel
Filani, then connected with Jarrett Hicks on a perfectly timed
1-yard toss to the corner of the end zone.
He was 5-for-6 in the Red Raiders' second possession, capping a
13-play, 80-yard drive with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Trey
Haverty, who had eight receptions for 98 yards.
Kansas State got on the board with 5:45 left in the second
quarter with a surprise play on second-and-goal from the 5.
The Wildcats lined up in a single wing, with quarterback Meier
flanked wide. Sproles took the snap and dashed up the middle for
Henderson gave Texas Tech a 21-10 lead halfway through the third
quarter with a 1-yard TD run after Cumbie, beating an all-out
blitz, found Hicks for 31 yards to the 1.
Joe Rheem kicked a 28-yard field goal for Kansas State early in
the second half, making him 11-for-12 for the year.