The history is small compared to some of the other Big 12 series Texas Tech has going in motion, but the memories during the series are of many.
Tech has never trailed in the all-time series although Kansas State is creeping back to even the score. The Red Raiders currently lead the series 8-6 and a big reason is Mike Leach.
While Texas Tech failed to pull off a major upset victory in 2000, Leach never lost to the Wildcats again. In fact, his teams didn't just defeat the Wildcats, Tech consistently added on to its scores and widened gaps between them and Kansas State throughout Leach’s time in Lubbock.
Part of this is due to the Ron Prince era in which Kansas State went back to its pre-Bill Snyder losing ways. Five consecutive victories in the column of the Red Raiders took place between 2001 and 2009 including a 66-14 blowout in which Steven Sheffield made his first start for Texas Tech at quarterback.
Bill Snyder has coached Kansas State to every victory for the purple team in the series. Prior to his arrival, “Futility U” went 0-3 in the series. Eventually, Snyder coached Kansas State into a powerhouse program who entered the Big 12 Conference as a national contender.
The two teams met in the inaugural Big 12 Conference game and things could not have gone more wrong for Texas Tech. Perhaps one of the most controversial drives took place during the game after a fake field goal set Texas Tech up inside the red zone. Shortly after, Zebbie Lethridge threw what seems like a touchdown pass to Donnie Hart. The official, who saw the play happen two feet in front of him, called the catch an incomplete pass.
The very next play, Lethridge threw a pass towards the end zone where Sheldon Bass was open. Bass would be tripped by a defender and Tech ended up settling for a field goal. The Red Raiders ended up losing the game by a touchdown.
Tech would lose its next two in the series by a combined total of 16 points.
Tech would then go on to dominate the series and one player had some memorable highlights in the process. Dwayne Slay, during the 2005 game, made two hits on different Kansas State players that get played on the YouTube feeds of Tech fans over and over again. It would not be surprising if Davin Dennis and Allan Evridge still have nightmares from Dwayne Slay lighting them up and causing fumbles which would be recovered by the scarlet and black.
The days have gone dark for this series in West Texas. Since Leach was fired in 2009, Texas Tech has yet to beat Kansas State. Tommy Tuberville lost both of his attempts at beating the Wildcats. Kliff Kingsbury came up unlucky against Bill Snyder’s ball club in 2013. Can the trend reverse? Kingsbury and the Red Raiders get their next opportunity 6 p.m. Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas.
Nov. 30, 1933 in Lubbock: Texas Tech 6 Kansas State 0
Nov. 9, 1963 in Lubbock: Texas Tech 52 Kansas State 13
Sept. 6, 1986 in Lubbock: Texas Tech 41 Kansas State 7
Aug. 31, 1996 in Manhattan: Kansas State 21 Texas Tech 14
Nov. 1, 1997 in Lubbock: Kansas State 13 Texas Tech 2
Oct. 21, 2000 in Manhattan: Kansas State 28 Texas Tech 23
Oct. 13, 2001 in Lubbock: Texas Tech 38 Kansas State 19
Oct. 30, 2004 in Manhattan: Texas Tech 35 Kansas State 25
Oct. 15, 2005 in Lubbock: Texas Tech 59 Kansas State 20
Oct. 4, 2008 in Manhattan: Texas Tech 58 Kansas State 28
Oct. 10, 2009 in Lubbock: Texas Tech 66 Kansas State 14
Oct. 15, 2011 in Lubbock: Kansas State 41 Texas Tech 34
Oct. 27, 2012 in Manhattan: Kansas State 55 Texas Tech 24
Nov. 9, 2013 in Lubbock: Kansas State 49 Texas Tech 26
Texas Tech-Kansas State Series History
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