Texas Tech Football Notebook: Kansas State Gameday Links

Game day.

Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-2, 2-2)
Kansas State Wildcats (3-3, 0-3)
October 23rd @ 11:00 a.m.
Jones AT&T Stadium – Lubbock, Texas
Texas Tech -1.0
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Partly Cloudy 81-57.

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Kansas State is reeling and possibly only one stage short of true desperation, whatever that classification might be. Fact is, the Wildcats have faced objectively speaking, top-20 opponents (by various metrics) in every to-date Big 12 game. K-State led early in each of the first two conference games, but the team’s last lead was wiped out 100 minutes of game clock ago against Oklahoma. That equates to 6 2/3 quarters of play … nearly seven quarters.

K-State coach Chris Klieman has seen the opportunities slip away. The Wildcats have yet to seize on any of those openings but neither have they created their own bright prospects. The season’s first win came in the Lone Star State, where they return for Saturday’s game at Texas Tech as a one-point underdog.

“We have a chance to move forward in the next one and you cannot trip on what’s behind you,” Klieman said as he searched for the proper tone to put on a three-game losing skid after three, season-opening wins. “If you keep thinking about the negative, you’re going to lose sight of what’s coming in front of you.”

Kansas State has won nine of 10 in the Texas Tech series, including five straight; the Big 12 series mark stands 12-6. From the series history standpoint, neither program has ever won more than five in a row.

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About the only thing Welker did that Freeman doesn’t is kick, but Freeman seems capable.

After all, everything he does, he does well.

During his junior season, Freeman broke out as one of the state’s best players. He caught 52 passes, a whopping 22 of which were touchdowns. He also had three interceptions on defense and three return scores on special teams.

This season, Freeman remains a star. He has 11 total offensive touchdowns and three as a returner, and that’s while playing only two full games of seven because Heritage Hall is often routing opponents.

His film backs up the stats. Put the ball in Freeman’s hands, and something good is bound to happen.

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Klieman’s challenge? Reassure the Wildcats as they enter into a more manageable portion of their schedule, but also keep them focused on the task at hand.

“Yeah, it’s difficult because you know our kids believe and we believe we’re one of the better teams in the conference, but we’ve not proved that every Saturday,” Klieman said as K-State prepared to face Texas Tech at 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. “That’s why I keep talking about with the guys (that) you cannot worry about what’s behind you. That’s over with.

“We want to go back to our win against Stanford and kind of replicate what our preparation was, replicate the film we watched, the walkthroughs, all those things that made that group successful.”


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