Alan Bowman limped to the sideline halfway via the primary quarter. Skylar Thompson joined him halfway via the second.
Similar to that, the 2 beginning quarterbacks in Saturday’s recreation at Invoice Snyder Household Stadium have been out of fee.
Into the void left by Bowman and Thompson stepped Henry Colombi and Will Howard.
Although Colombi completed with higher particular person numbers (30-for-42, 244 yards and two touchdowns) than Howard (7 of 12 for 173 yards and one rating), it was the latter whose Okay-State membership walked away with a 31-21 victory.
“What a terrific win by our program and by the blokes and the group,” Okay-State head coach Chris Klieman stated. “It was a complete group win in opposition to a extremely good Texas Tech group. I advised the blokes, we’ve confronted an terrible lot of adversity via the week. We’ve confronted an terrible lot of adversity as we speak, clearly, with guys happening and various things. However we saved battling via the adversity they usually weren’t going to let one another down.”
After shutting out Texas Tech within the first half, heading into halftime up 14-0, Kansas State (2-1, 2-0 Massive 12) appeared effectively on its option to its second win in as many video games.
The Pink Raiders, very like the Wildcats in final week’s come-from-behind victory at Oklahoma, had loads of battle left in them within the last two quarters, nevertheless, rallying to take a 21-17 within the last interval.
However a pair of freshmen — one already a identified commodity (operating again Deuce Vaughn) and the opposite receiving the primary intensive enjoying time of his faculty profession (Howard) — helped Okay-State stave off the upset.
The 2 connected on the sport’s most necessary play.
With Okay-State up 24-21 and going through third-and-5 at its personal 30-yard line because the clock ticked below three minutes — and Texas Tech (1-2, 0-2) out of timeouts — the hosts took to the air.
Howard discovered Vaughn chopping throughout the sphere.
Vaughn did the remaining, outrunning Texas Tech defenders for a 70-yard rating, and extra importantly, stretching Okay-State’s result in 31-21 with 2:07 remaining.
“While you’ve acquired Deuce one-on-one with a linebacker, I’m going to take that day-after-day of the week,” Howard stated. “He’s a terrific participant, nice playmaker and he simply did what Deuce does and he made a terrific play. All I needed to do was get it into his arms.”
Texas Tech got here up empty on its last drive, as Okay-State held on for a 10-point dwelling win — its ninth triumph within the final 10 conferences versus the Pink Raiders.
“So pleased with the truth that we have been capable of come again after being down 21-17,” Klieman stated. “I advised the blokes within the locker room that (as we speak) was as nice of a win because the Oklahoma recreation per week earlier than. This was greater as a result of we needed to bounce again from a giant street win and we got here again and performed rather well in opposition to Texas Tech and located a option to win.”
Bowman exited in the midst of the primary quarter following a success by Okay-State defensive finish Khalid Duke. Thompson departed in the midst of the second after a sort out from linebacker Riko Jeffers, who was ejected from the sport on account of the hit on Thompson. Afterward, Klieman didn’t have an damage replace on Thompson, nor did he view Jeffers’ hit as “malicious.”
Moreover, Okay-State had its arms full with Colombi, who Klieman referred to as “a extremely good participant” who was an ideal set off man for the Pink Raiders’ up-tempo offense.
“He threw a few strikes and he was actually good when safety broke down and he was capable of scramble for quite a few performs,” Klieman stated. “It was a battle of the backup quarterbacks and I believe each backup quarterbacks represented themselves rather well. … (Colombi) bothered us. He made some performs, did some good issues.”
Klieman was equally happy with Howard’s efficiency.
“He did a terrific job for us, and we didn’t open up every little thing for him,” Klieman stated. “Will can deal with a ton for a real freshman. They pressured him and we knew they have been going to strain him.”
Okay-State went into halftime with a 14-0 lead because of touchdowns from Briley Moore (a 12-yard reception within the first quarter) and Vaughn (an 18-yard rush within the second). The Pink Raiders rallied to attain 21 of the sport’s subsequent 24 factors earlier than Moore and Vaughn got here up huge once more.
Moore had a 66-yard catch that led to a 4-yard landing run from Harry Trotter, placing the hosts again on prime 24-21 with precisely 10 minutes remaining.
Vaughn adopted lower than eight minutes later together with his 70-yard, victory-capping landing jaunt. He completed the day with 191 complete yards (113 dashing, 78 receiving), authoring one more standout efficiency simply three video games into his faculty profession.
“I’m simply taking it day-by-day, game-by-game and simply attempting to provide my group an opportunity to win,” he stated, “they usually’re giving me a terrific likelihood to succeed as effectively.”
With the world in a state of fixed unrest, Klieman merely is grateful each time his group has an opportunity to tee it up.
“You’re simply crossing your fingers each week that you simply get a possibility to play,” he stated, “and that’s why I’m simply so appreciative of the way in which the youngsters have attacked the adversity we had as we speak.”