Weather at Kickoff: 61 degrees, sunny, wind N at 14 mph, humidity of 50%
Today’s game was televised nationally on FOX Sports 1.
Today’s game marked the 21st all-time between Texas Tech and Kansas State.
Texas Tech won the toss and deferred to the second half. The Red Raiders have won the toss in all three games this year and have chosen to defer twice so far (Texas, Kansas State).
Texas Tech utilized its red helmets to go along with white jerseys and white pants. It marked only the second time since 2009 the Red Raiders have worn the combination as Texas Tech previously utilized the uniform set in its 2017 victory at Houston.
Today’s game captain was Erik Ezukanma. As part of Texas Tech’s entrance pregame, Nick McCann carried the U.S. flag, while Trey Wolff ran out with the state of Texas flag.
Today’s attendance: 10,932.
Starters – (Offense) – (LT) Ethan Carde, (LG) Weston Wright, (C) Dawson Deaton, (RG) Jack Anderson (RT) Josh Burger, (QB) Alan Bowman, (RB) SaRodrick Thompson, (WR) Ja’Lynn Polk, (TE) Travis Koontz, (WR) Eric Ezukanma, (WR) KeSean Carter; (Defense) – (DE) Eli Howard, (T) Tony Bradford, Jr., (N) Jaylon Hutchings, (SAM) Riko Jeffers, (MIKE) Krishon Merriweather, (WILL) Colin Schooler, (Spur) Zech McPhearson, (CB) Alex Hogan, (CB) DaMarcus Fields, (S) Eric Monroe, (S) Thomas Leggett.
TEXAS TECH’S LOSS…
Gives Texas Tech a 1-2 overall record.
Gives Texas Tech a 9-12 all-time record versus Kansas State, including a 2-7 mark in Manhattan.
Gives Matt Wells a career record of 5-10 at Texas Tech.
Gives Matt Wells a 49-44 career record all-time as a head coach.
TEXAS TECH TEAM NOTES
Texas Tech has now scored in 285-straight games dating back to the 1997 season, a streak that now ranks seventh nationally and tied for second in the Big 12 Conference. The Red Raiders will enter next Saturday’s game at Iowa State looking to tie Ohio State for the 11th-longest consecutive scoring streak in FBS history after the Buckeyes scored in 286-straight games from 1993-2016.
Texas Tech was held scoreless in the first half, marking the first time the Red Raiders had been shut out through the first 30 minutes since hosting Oklahoma State in 2011.
The Red Raiders found the scoreboard on their first drive in the second as Henry Colombi found KeSean Carter on a three-yard scoring strike. The touchdown capped an 18-play, 90-yard drive that marked Texas Tech’s longest of the season. The Red Raiders had not moved 90 yards down the field en route to a touchdown previously since going 94 yards late in their 2019 victory over Oklahoma State, only the fifth game of the season. Texas Tech’s 18 plays on the drive marked its most under Matt Wells and its most in a game since using 21 plays for a field goal in its 2017 loss to TCU.
Texas Tech was a 2-for-3 on fourth down attempts after coming into the game a combined 0-for-2 on the season.
The Texas Tech offensive line surrendered its first sack of the season to force a field goal attempt on the Red Raiders’ second drive of the game. It marked the Red Raiders’ only sack given up on the afternoon. To that point, the Red Raiders were one of only four teams in the country to not allow a sack this season.
COLOMBI TURNS IN STRONG SECOND HALF IN RED RAIDER DEBUT
Henry Colombi made his first appearance as a Red Raider after taking over under center for an injured Alan Bowman on Texas Tech’s second drive of the game. The junior transfer led the Red Raiders back from a 14-point halftime deficit with two touchdown passes in the second half before finishing 30-of-42 overall for 244 yards. Colombi transferred to Texas Tech this summer after playing two seasons at Utah State. On his opening drive leading the Red Raiders, Colombi moved the Red Raiders into the red zone on a drive that ended on a missed 33 yard field goal by Trey Wolff. Colombi was 2-for-3 for 12 yards on the drive and also rushed twice for five yards. Colombi recorded 182 of his 244 passing yards in the second half alone as he was 8-of-12 for 62 yards prior to the break.
WHITE COMES OFF BENCH FOR FIRST CAREER 100-YARD GAME
In only his third collegiate game as a running back, Xavier White turned in quite the performance against Kansas State as the sophomore rushed 12 times for a career-high 113 yards and a touchdown. White raced out to possibly his biggest play of his Red Raider career late in the third quarter as the sophomore converted a 3rd-and-3 play with a 49-touchdown run up the middle. It marked the longest run of his career and his longest play from scrimmage (receiving or rush). He previously scored on a 45-yard touchdown reception in the 2019 season opener versus Missouri State, which marked White’s debut as a Red Raider.
NOTING THE RED RAIDERS
DaMarcus Fields made his first appearance of the season as he earned the start at cornerback. Fields has now started in 33 games over his career, which is tied with defensive lineman Eli Howard for the most on the team.
Colin Schooler made his first career start as a Red Raider as he finished with four tackles on the afternoon.
Texas Tech had two players record their first career reception in today’s game, both true freshmen: WR Loic Fouonji and TE John Holcomb.
Brandon Bouyer-Randle notched his first sack as a Red Raider to close the opening quarter as he hit Skyler Thompson for a four-yard loss to force a punt. Dating back to his two seasons at Michigan State, Bouyer-Randle now has 5.5 sacks over his career.
KeSean Carter extended his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown to four as he hauled in a three-yard touchdown grab from Henry Colombi on Texas Tech’s first drive of the second half. Carter, who caught eight passes for 52 yards versus the Wildcats, now has a team-high four touchdown receptions this season as his streak dates back to the 2019 season finale at Texas.
SaRodorick Thompson failed to reach the 100-yard mark on the ground for the first time this season as he finished with 46 rushing yards on 12 carries. He was previously the first Red Raider to rush for at least 100 yards in each of the first two games of a season since Ricky Williams did so over five-straight games to start the 1998 campaign.
Myles Price recorded the first touchdown catch of his career early in the fourth quarter as the true freshman found the end zone from 13 yards out with 11:11 remaining. Price recorded season highs with six receptions for 51 yards in the game.
Trey Wolff’s missed two first-half field goals from 33 and 35 yards out, marking the first time the sophomore has not found the uprights from inside 40 yards. Additionally, his two misses matched his total from his 2019 redshirt freshman season where he was an impressive 20-of-22 overall.