And Texas Tech wins it 66-14. Check in later for a postgame report.
4:09 Fourth Quarter
Thomas seems OK on the sidelines, but Keithen Valentine has been playing late in the blowout.
Texas Tech just threw its eighth touchdown pass of the game, which is the most every allowed in a single game by K-State.
Brutal loss here in Lubbock. Steven Sheffield’s line alone was 490 yards and seven touchdowns.
Indivudally, Jeffrey Fitzgerald and Keithen Valentine have played good games for the Wildcats. Fitzgerald came up with a sack and a pick 6. Valentine may end with more than 100 yards and a TD.
End Third Quarter
Daniel Thomas limped off the field after a long run and K-State was stuffed on a fourth-and-goal situation.
Thomas seems to be walking around OK on the sidelines. Hopefully he was just rattled.
3:52 Third Quarter
Texas Tech with another touchdown pass now leads 52-7.
7:59 Third Quarter
Texas Tech responds with another touchdown to go ahead 45-7. This time it came on the ground from Baron Batch.
Tysyn Hartman hasn’t played in the second half, and I can’t see him on the sidelines. The sophomore safety seemed shaken up in the first half and may be hurt.
And K-State finally gets on the scoreboard thanks to a 17-yard pick 6 by Jeffrey Fitzgerald. Very good play on his part.
LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech touched the ball six times in the first half against Kansas State and scored all six times.
Kansas State touched the ball six times and scored zero times.
In a nutshell, that explains the Red Raiders’ massive 38-0 halftime lead at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Texas Tech has scored from both short and long distances and has racked up 427 yards of offense. First-time staring quarterback Steven Sheffield has personally amassed 370 of those yards on top of throwing for five touchdowns.
The Red Raiders are on pace for a record day, and the Wildcats have moved the ball for just 55 yards. They had a promising opening drive, but other than that have struggled on both sides of the ball.
Holding Texas Tech to a 20-yard field goal would be their biggest positive at this point. Grant Gregory has thrown for 37 yards and has been sacked three times.
Junior Carson Coffman was inserted at quarterback on the Wildcats’ final offensive series of the first half. Sophomore defensive lineman Brandon Harold played for the first time all season, but has been quiet so far.
29 seconds Second Quarter
Steven Sheffield’s stat line: 370 yards and five touchdowns. Not much else to add.
6:49 Second Quarter
Texas Tech’s offense is rolling here on the South Plains. The Red Raiders have touched the ball four times and scored all four times.
K-State isn’t showing much resistance. Even with Harold in the lineup, the Wildcats haven’t pressured the quarterback.
11:28 Second Quarter
Kansas State holds Texas Tech to a field goal this time.
Kinda funny that Tech goes for it on fourth down so often that when the Red Raiders lined up for a field goal this time the reaction was “They’re not gonna go for it!?”
End First Quarter
Texas Tech just finished off a 90-yard drive with a six-yard TD pass to Alexander Torres.
The Red Raiders now have 161 yards of offense.
5:06 First Quarter
K-State’s first drive ate up 6:30 of clock but ended in no points. Two false starts and a holding penalty hurt the Cats.
Tech takes over on its own 10.
5:28 First Quarter
Kansas State is driving with its first possession. Daniel Thomas has reeled off a 23-yard run and Attrail Snipes has made two catches.
11:31 First Quarter
And so begins the scoring. Less than four minutes into the game Steven Sheffield hits Tramain Swindall for a 53-yard catch and run touchdown.
Brandon Harold played on the opening defensive series, but he did not start.
5 minutes till kickoff
Representatives from the Texas Bowl, Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints are at AT&T Jones Stadium tonight.
15 minutes till kickoff
Iowa State played Kansas very tough today, coming within an other thrown pass on its final offensive play of taking the game.
Does that say more for the Cyclones or less for the Jayhawks? And what does that say for K-State, which beat Iowa State last week?
We should find out in a few hours.
30 minutes till kickoff
Grant Gregory is again warming up with the first-team offense today. That means he likely, indeed, is starting.
Also, Brandon Harold is in uniform and warming up with the defensive line. Perhaps he will be starting as well.
Hour before kickoff
It’s chilly here in Lubbock, but nothing like the cold Kansas is experiencing today. Temperatures should be in the 40s throughout the game, and wind could be a factor. But it’s not howling or anything like that.
A good crowd is expected, though I hear some seats will be empty.
Some of the Wildcats are out on the field warming up as we speak. The student section is just starting to fill up.