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Quick Hits: Kansas State 55, Texas Tech 24

By Matt Hinton | Blogger

KANSAS STATE WON. The Wildcats fell behind 10-3 in the first half, then proceeded to outscore Texas Tech 42-14 in the second to preserve its perfect record in impressive fashion. After punting on its first two offensive possessions to start the game, Kansas State scored on each of its final eight en route to its second consecutive blowout over a ranked team.

WHY KANSAS STATE WON. Quarterback Colin Klein will not be relinquishing his position at the front of the Heisman race after passing for two touchdowns and running for two more, with no turnovers. He's also found two reliable targets, Chris Harper and Tyler Lockett, who combined for 161 yards on a dozen catches as the run-oriented philosophy continues to embrace more opportunities to showcase Klein's arm downfield.

But the defense continues to do what it does best, too, which is force turnovers: The Red Raiders gave it away three times today, leading directly to a short-field touchdown in the third quarter and a pick-six by K-State linebacker Arthur Brown in the fourth.

WHEN KANSAS STATE WON. Kansas State scored 24 consecutive points in the second and third quarters before Texas Tech finally managed a response midway through third, on an 11-play, 75-yard drive that cut the Wildcats' margin to 27-17. K-State's response: A four-play, 74-yard march capped by Klein running untouched up the middle on a 22-yard touchdown run that doubled as a knock-out punch, extending the lead to 34-17.

WHAT KANSAS STATE WON. The Wildcats remain alone atop the Big 12 standings, and still own the all-important tiebreaker advantage over the top contender, Oklahoma. More importantly, with Florida's loss to Georgia, Kansas State will likely make the giant step forward from No. 3 to No. 2 in the new BCS standings, putting it in position for a ticket to the BCS Championship Game with four winnable games remaining on the schedule. Of the remaining contenders, K-State has the path of least resistance to finishing undefeated – which could be a blessing if the other contenders lose, or a curse if they don't.

WHAT TEXAS TECH LOST. The Red Raiders' hopes of an improbable run at the Big 12 title are effectively dead with their second conference loss, but with bowl-eligibility already in the bag, the concern now has to be avoiding another November fade following a brief mid-season surge: After upsetting Oklahoma to move to 5-2 last year, the Raiders went on to lose their last five in lopsided, demoralizing fashion.

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