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Texas Tech vs. Kansas State: The History
The two teams would wait 30 years before facing off again, when Tech would get a 51-13 victory in Lubbock.
The final non-conference game between the two teams ended up with Tech on the winning side again. In 1986, the Red Raiders defeated Kansas State 41-7. Defensive Coordinator Matt Wallerstedt was a letterman on the purple team.
Possibly the most historic match in the series came in the first regular season game for both teams in 1996. The two programs squared off in the first ever Big 12 Conference game. It did not end without controversy.
Just before halftime, Texas Tech's Zebbie Lethridge threw what seemed to be a touchdown to wide receiver Donnie Hart. Video shows Hart with two feet in bounds, but the official, who was on top of the play ruled Hart out. The drive eventually ended with zero points after Kansas State blocked a field goal. The Wildcats led at halftime 14-3. Tech would eventually lose the game 21-14.
Kansas State won again in 1997 with a 13-2 defeat over the Red Raiders. The two teams would not meet again until 2000 when the Wildcats won 28-23. Tech held close, down 21-16 with fewer than four minutes remaining, but the Wildcats pulled away with a rushing touchdown. Current Texas Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury completed 29 of his 60 passes for 302 yards that game.
2001 was a different story. As a junior quarterback, Kingsbury ended up with player of the week honors. Kingsbury threw for 409 yards and four touchdowns leading Tech to an upset of then No.24 Kansas State 38-19. It was also the first victory over a ranked opponent for then-head coach Mike Leach.
Two current Texas Tech coaches played big roles in a 2004 victory over the Wildcats. Co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie went 27 of 39 for 326 passing yards and two touchdowns. One of those scoring passes went to current special teams coordinator Trey Haverty, who finished the game with 98 yards. Tech won the game 35-25.
The Red Raiders would start the 2005 campaign 6-0 by winning all of their non-Big 12 South games.
The sixth game of the season was against Kansas State and a couple of Wildcats in particular may not remember it. Texas Tech safety Dwayne Slay nailed Davin Dennis and Allan Evridge with two of the hardest hits in Big 12 history. Both hits caused fumbles which were recovered by Tech. The Red Raider defense helped extend a 17-13 halftime lead to a 45-20 lead by the start of the fourth quarter. Both hits can easily be found by searching Slay's name on YouTube.
Texas Tech has won two games since 2005. Both of them came in the Mike Leach era. Neither were close. Tech walloped the Wildcats 58-28 in 2008 before a 66-14 drubbing in 2009.
Kansas State handed Tech defeats in both games during the Tommy Tuberville era. Bill Snyder is the only person to defeat Texas Tech as Kansas State's head coach.
The Red Raiders host the Wildcats on Senior Day in the Lone Survivor Game on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m.
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