Texas Tech will search for the first of two wins needed to reach bowl eligibility Saturday night when the Red Raiders host Kansas State for Senior Night under the Jones AT&T Stadium lights.
Tech will honor the likes of team captains Jordyn Brooks, Douglas Coleman III, Travis Bruffy, Terence Steele and Broderick Washington Jr. as part of its senior recognition prior to kickoff.
It is the second night game at home this season for the Red Raiders, who routed UTEP, 38-3, on Sept. 7 early in non-conference play. Dating back to the start of the 2002 season, Texas Tech is 40-14 in night games at Jones AT&T Stadium, a 74.1 winning percent percentage the Red Raiders will look to improve upon this weekend. This will be the first Big 12 night game for the Red Raiders under Matt Wells.
FOX Sports 1 will carry the matchup where Tech will look for its first of two wins needed to reach bowl eligibly. Aaron Goldsmith will be on the call alongside analyst Ben Leber with Eric Mandia reporting from the sidelines. Fans can also find the game on any streaming device using the FOX Sports app.
The Texas Tech Sports Network will also broadcast the game over 46 affiliates throughout the state of Texas and New Mexico as Brian Jensen will have the call alongside analyst John Harris, sideline reporter Chris Level and engineer Steve Pitts. The radio broadcast can also be heard XM channel 200, Sirius channel 108 or via the TuneIn app.
- Texas Tech and Kansas State will meet for the 20th time Saturday in a back-and-forth series that currently has the Wildcats at a 10-9 all-time advantage. The Wildcats enter this weekend having won seven of the past eight meetings, including a 21-6 victory last season in Manhattan. The Red Raiders had won five-consecutive games against Kansas State before Kansas State's string of success began in 2011.
- The Red Raiders' lone win during that eight-year stretch came in 2015 when DeAndre Washington rushed for a career-high 248 yards and three touchdowns in a 59-44 victory in Lubbock. Washington became the first Red Raider to rush for at least 200 yards since Shaud Williams did so against Colorado in 1999 as it was the seventh-highest rushing total in school history. Patrick Mahomes II also threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns in that win.
- The 2018 meeting was a rare low-scoring affair as the two schools had combined for at least 50 points in each of the previous 13 contests dating back to 2000. The only two games in the series to have a lower combined score came in 1997 when Kansas State topped the Red Raiders, 13-2, and then in the first ever meeting in 1933, a 6-0 victory by Texas Tech.
- Texas Tech and Kansas State went to overcome in the last meeting at Jones AT&T Stadium as Kansas State tied the game with 42 seconds remaining on a Skyler Thompson one-yard touchdown run and then won it via a Byron Pringle touchdown reception from Thompson in the first extra period. It marked the second-straight season the matchup was determined by only one possession.
A REPEAT OF 2015?
- After last weekend's close loss to TCU, Texas Tech is now forced to win its last two games in order to reach bowl eligibility for the 39th time in program history. To do so, the Red Raiders will have to top Kansas State and Texas in back-to-back weeks, the same two opponents Tech took down to close the 2015 regular season. The Red Raiders outlasted Kansas State, 59-44, at home that season before going on the road to knock off Texas on Thanksgiving weekend in Austin. The Kansas State victory propelled the Red Raiders to bowl eligibility that year where this season it will take a win in both games.
- The last time the Red Raiders won their final two regular season games in order to reach bowl eligibility came in 1993 when Texas Tech overcame a 1-5 start by winning its final five games. The Red Raiders went on the road to defeat SMU that season before returning home to rout Houston for an eventual appearance in the John Hancock Bowl.
- The month of November is an important one for Matt Wells in his goal to make the Red Raiders a tough team in the final month of the regular season. The win over West Virginia marked only the fourth since 2010 on the road in November for a Red Raider program that did not win a game during the final month a year ago.
- Wells is now 15-11 over his career during the month of November over his tenure at both Utah State (14-10) and Texas Tech (1-1). He led the Aggies to three or more wins in November three times during his tenure (2013, 2014, 2018).
- Texas Tech is looking for at least three wins this month to extend its season, a feat the Red Raiders have not previously accomplished since the 2010 campaign. Tech has not topped three Big 12 foes in November since 2008.
DUFFEY REACHES 300-YARD MARK AGAIN
- Jett Duffey eclipsed the 300-yard passing mark for the fourth time this season and the fifth time in his career last weekend versus TCU as the junior threw for 333 yards and fourth touchdowns in the narrow loss. He matched his career high with four passing touchdown passes as he found RJ Turner twice as well as Dalton Rigdon and Erik Ezukanma.
- Through his six starts this season, Duffey has totaled 14 touchdowns through the air with only three interceptions, while averaging 330.5 passing yards per game. That average would rank third among quarterbacks nationally, trailing only Washington State's Anthony Gordon and LSU's Joe Burrow.
- Duffey also threw for 424 yards against Oklahoma State, his first start at quarterback this season, and then 362 yards the next week at Baylor as well as 354 yards at West Virginia.
- After starting in three games as a sophomore in 2018, Duffey has shown significant improvements this season in protecting the football as he has lost one fumble and had only three of his 260 pass attempts picked off. Bruffy became only the third Red Raider starting quarterback to go three-straight Big 12 games without an interception, joining Kliff Kingsbury and Graham Harrell. His streak was stopped early in the first half versus TCU.
- Linebacker Jordyn Brooks enters this weekend among the national leaders in several defensive categories, ranking third in tackles for a loss per game (1.8), fifth in solo tackles per game (6.2) and eighth in total tackles per game (10.2).
- Despite missing the majority of the TCU game, Brooks remains the only player in the FBS to rank in the top 10 nationally for tackles for loss per game, solo tackles per game and total tackles per game.
- Brooks leads the Big 12 with his 102 total tackles, five more than any other conference player entering this weekend. He also controls the league high with 18.0 tackles for a loss this season.
- Senior Douglas Coleman III leads the FBS with eight interceptions this season, all of which have come in the past eight games.
- Coleman is the only Red Raider during the Big 12 era to record eight interceptions in a season as his picked-off pass at West Virginia moved him into a tie for second all-time in Texas Tech single-season history alongside John Thompson (1951) and Tracy Saul (1989 & 1991). He needs three more interceptions to match Elmer Tarbox's school record from 1938.
- New defensive coordinator Keith Patterson has already showed an attacking style to the Red Raider defense as the Red Raiders have already totaled 18 takeaways this season. Patterson's units have now recorded 50 takeaways the past two seasons during his time at both Utah State and Texas Tech. Compared to his peers across the country, Patterson leads all defensive coordinators nationally in takeaways since the start of the 2018 campaign.
- Texas Tech has surrendered only one sack over the last three games as the Red Raiders have only given up 12 this season despite being one of the most active passing teams in the country. Tech is currently tied for 12th nationally and leads the Big 12 after allowing only 1.20 sacks per game through the first 10 games. The Red Raiders have attempted 423 passes already this season, which ranks fifth in the FBS. Washington State is the only other school besides Tech to have at least 400 pass attempts and rank in the top 15 for fewest sacks allowed this season.
- Heading into the two three games of the regular season, Texas Tech is only surrendering 28.5 points per game, which would be the Red Raiders' lowest clip since 2009 if the season ended today.