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Kansas State at Texas Tech
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 23, 2019
Where: Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, Texas

Kansas State has dropped two in a row to tumble from the national rankings, and a home loss to a sub-.500 team last weekend hurt. The Wildcats will try to stop the slide and clinch a winning record in head coach Chris Klieman's first season when they visit Texas Tech on Saturday night.

After winning three straight - including an upset of Oklahoma - to rise as high as 20th in the country, Kansas State first dropped a close one at Texas before a painful 24-20 setback against a West Virginia team that had lost five in a row. "Obviously a disappointing loss - a game West Virginia deserved," Klieman told reporters after the game. "They outplayed us and, that being said, we had an opportunity late in the game to almost steal a victory. Disappointed in a number of things but obviously you have to move on." The Red Raiders trounced the Mountaineers 38-17 two weekends ago at West Virginia before falling to TCU 33-31 at home. Texas Tech will need to win Saturday and the following Friday at Texas to gain bowl eligibility in coach Matt Wells' first season.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1. LINE: Texas Tech -2.5

ABOUT KANSAS STATE (6-4, 3-4 Big 12): Junior quarterback Skylar Thompson threw a pair of interceptions against West Virginia - including one near the goal line in the closing seconds - after tossing only one pick through the first nine games. "The one guy I'm not worried about is Skylar Thompson," Klieman told the media this week. "He comes to battle every day in practice, on game day. (He's a) great leader. We've got the right guy under center, that's for sure." Thompson, who threw for 213 yards and a touchdown in last season's 21-6 win over Texas Tech, is tied for third in the Big 12 in rushing touchdowns with 10.

ABOUT TEXAS TECH (4-6, 2-5): The Red Raiders' last four losses have come by an average of 4.5 points and they took pride in rallying from an early 21-point deficit against TCU to take the lead before a late field goal did them in. "It's another fourth-quarter loss," Wells told reporters. "And I promise you, we're gonna keep knocking on that door. We're going to keep knocking on that door and we're going to knock it in. And when we get to that point where you learn how to finish a game, this program's going to win a lot of games." Junior quarterback Jett Duffey tied his career high with four touchdown passes while running for a team-high 42 yards in the loss.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Duffey is averaging 330.5 passing yards over his last six games and he has 14 TD passes with three interceptions in that span.

2. Wildcats senior WR Dalton Schoen had a season-high 84 receiving yards last week, his highest total since he recorded 103 at Texas Tech on Nov. 4, 2017.

3. Kansas State took seven of the last eight meetings.

PREDICTION: Texas Tech 31, Kansas State 28
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Kansas State 6-4 L2 31.1 21.4 4-2 2-2 1-0 0-0 3-4
Texas Tech 4-6 L1 31.5 28.5 3-2 1-4 0-3 0-0 2-5
Last Meeting
Kansas State Texas Tech
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/17/18 TTU 6 KSU 21 367 154 213 181 31 150
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Kansas State S. Thompson 65.4 213 1 1
Texas Tech J. Duffey 70.4 150 0 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Kansas State A. Barnes 32 136 4.2 0
Texas Tech D. Ward 10 34 3.4 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Kansas State M. Knowles 5 56 11.2 1
Texas Tech T. Vasher 6 69 11.5 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Kansas State M. Knowles 1
Texas Tech Z. Adams 0
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Kansas State S. Thompson 60.9 1888 10 3
Texas Tech J. Duffey 67.3 2107 14 3
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Kansas State J. Gilbert 113 618 5.5 6
Texas Tech S. Thompson 122 596 4.9 10
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Kansas State D. Schoen 32 541 16.9 4
Texas Tech R. Turner 34 478 14.1 2
Touchdowns Player TD
Kansas State S. Thompson 10
Texas Tech S. Thompson 10
Quickchart Matchup
Kansas State Kansas State Off vs  Texas Tech Texas Tech Def
Kansas State 385.4 yards
Texas Tech 478.6 yards
Kansas State 4.6 yards/rush
Texas Tech 4.4 yards/rush
Kansas State 7.7 yards/attempt
Texas Tech 9 yards/attempt
Texas Tech Texas Tech Off vs  Kansas State Kansas State Def
Texas Tech 470.2 yards
Kansas State 362.2 yards
Texas Tech 4.6 yards/rush
Kansas State 5.2 yards/rush
Texas Tech 7.4 yards/attempt
Kansas State 7.6 yards/attempt