TEXAS TECH-KANSAS STATE SERIES:
Texas Tech and Kansas State will meet for the 10th time Saturday in a series the Red Raiders lead 6-3. Texas Tech has won the last three meetings, including a 35-25 win in Manhattan in 2004.
The series began in 1933 with Texas Tech taking the initial game 6-0 in Lubbock, followed by wins in 1963 (51-13) and 1986 (41-7), also in Lubbock. The two teams met in the inaugural Big 12 Conference game in 1996, which began a run of three-straight wins for the Wildcats over the Red Raiders. K-State won in 1996 (21-14), 1997 (13-2) and 2000 (28-23).
PREVIEWING KANSAS STATE:
Kansas State is 3-1 on the season after wrapping up non-conference play against Louisiana with a 45-37 win Saturday. The Wildcats are averaging 441.2 yards of total offense per game, including 298.8 on the ground.
Quarterback Josh Freeman is leading the team with 276.2 passing yards per game and has thrown 11 touchdowns in the Wildcat's balanced scoring numbers this season. Freeman also has accounted for six of the team's 10 rushing scores.
Lamark Brown leads seven players averaging double figures in rushing with 31.2 yards per game. Brandon Banks is one of the top receivers in the league with 115.8 yards per game and has six scoring receptions. He has 22 receptions for 463 yards, while Freeman's second-favorite target, Aubrey Quarles, has 17 receptions, 199 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, KSU is allowing 370.5 yards per game of total offense and 206.0 yards per game on the ground. Opponents are averaging 22.8 points per game to Kansas State's 47.0.
The Wildcats have been hot out of the chute with 59 and 49 points in the first and second quarters, respectively. Ulla Pomele leads the team with 25 tackles, while Brandon Harold has been dominant up front with three sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss. The team has two interceptions on the season.
RED RAIDERS EARN HIGHEST RANKING SINCE 1976:
Texas Tech's No. 7 ranking in this week's Associated Press poll is the highest for the Red Raiders in any poll since sitting at No. 5 three-straight weeks during the 1976 season. Additionally, the Red Raiders enter this weekend's game at No. 8 in the coaches poll.
TEXAS TECH QUICK NOTES:
Texas Tech is 4-0 on the season after defeating Eastern Washington (49-24), Nevada (35-19), SMU (43-7) and Massachusetts (56-14) in non-conference play.
Texas Tech is sixth nationally with 11-straight non-conference wins, including bowl games. The Red Raiders last lost a non-conference game at TCU (12-3) in 2006.
The Red Raiders' 4-0 start is the best since the 2005 season, when Texas Tech began 6-0.
The Red Raiders have scored 30 or more points in 20 of the last 22 games, including the last eight straight, which leads the country.
Texas Tech has scored 30 or more points in 70 games during the Leach era and has won 59 of those games. The Red Raiders are 29-5 under Leach when scoring 40+ and 20-0 when scoring over 50. On the flip side, Tech is 10-26 when scoring 29 points or less.
Texas Tech quarterbacks have thrown for 41,061 yards during the Mike Leach tenure - or 23.3 miles. The offense has also accounted for 321 passing scores since 2000 as compared to the 232 thrown the previous 20 seasons.
LAST GAME AGAINST THE WILDCATS:
Cody Hodges for 643 yards and five touchdowns as Texas Tech capitalized on three Kansas State turnovers in a 59-20 win in Lubbock on Oct. 15, 2005. Joel Filani reeled in 10 receptions for a school-record 255 yards and a touchdown.
Four Red Raider receivers eclipsed the 100-yard mark, including running back Taurean Henderson, who caught 10 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns. The Red Raiders held a narrow 17-13 lead at halftime, but exploded for 28 third-quarter points and 14 in the fourth, while limiting the Wildcats to a touchdown in the second half.
Henderson was the star of the day as he added three rushing scores to his two through the air. The five touchdowns tied a school record. Safety Dewayne Slay delivered two bone-jolting hits that resulted in a pair of Kansas State turnovers, each leading to Red Raider scores.
TEXAS TECH-STATE OF KANSAS CONNECTIONS:
Defensive end Daniel Howard is playing in his home state of Kansas for the first time since signing with the Red Raiders in 2007. Howard prepped at Bishop Carroll in Wichita and played a season at Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kan, before joining the Red Raiders.
Texas Tech Director of Football Operations Tommy McVay was an assistant coach at Kansas State from 1983-85.
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