LUBBOCK, Texas -- Joshua Youngblood returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and Skylar Thompson passed for 246 yards and two touchdowns as Kansas State beat Texas Tech 30-27 on Saturday night.
Thompson passed for 246 yards and two touchdowns. Blake Lynch kicked two 32-yard field goals and a 43-yarder for Kansas State (7-4, 4-4 Big 12), which snapped a two-game losing streak.
Youngblood fielded the kickoff one yard deep in the end zone midway through the third quarter, ran up the right side and covered the final 40 yards running just inches inside the right sideline, eluding multiple defenders.
"Big play and some great blocks," Kansas State coach Chris Klieman said. "He followed the blocks."
"The kickoff return for a touchdown made the difference in the ballgame," Texas Tech coach Matt Wells said.
Kansas State was protecting a 3-point lead with three minutes to play when Thompson dropped back on third-and-11 at K-State's 24-yard line, and took a quarterback draw for 17 yards toward midfield with Tech double teaming the Wildcats' top receiver, Dalton Schoen. Kansas State converted one more first down to clinch the win.
"They weren't having eyes to the football," Klieman said of Texas Tech's defense on the third-down play. "Skylar did a great job of letting it clear and then making a guy miss to get a first down."
Thompson's touchdown passes were 14 yards to Phillip Brooks in the third quarter and 48 yards to Chabastin Taylor midway in the fourth quarter.
SaRodorick Thompson had a 5-yard touchdown run and Jett Duffey passed for 334 yards and two touchdowns for Texas Tech (4-7, 2-6) which fell short of bowl eligibility.
"Tough ending for us," Wells said
Duffey's touchdown passes were 21 yards to Erik Ezukanma and 58 yards to R.J. Turner. Trey Wolff kicked field goals of 44 and 27 yards for the Red Raiders.
Youngblood, a freshman who went into play leading the conference averaging 29.5 yards per kickoff return, had a 98-yarder for a touchdown against Texas on Nov. 9. Kansas State has returned three kickoffs for touchdowns this season.
Kansas State: The Wildcats rebounded nicely following last week's home loss against West Virginia after which some players said they took the Mountaineers lightly.
Texas Tech: The Red Raiders aren't going to a bowl for the second straight season. That hasn't happened since the 1990-92 seasons in the Southwest Conference under Spike Dykes.
Kansas State: Will host Iowa State next Saturday.
Texas Tech: Will finish its season Friday at Texas, where it has won on its last two trips.
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