Kansas State faces Texas Tech after upset win over then-No. 3 Oklahoma
Kansas State went from a season-opening letdown against Arkansas State — at home, no less — to a dramatic, come-from-behind road win over No. 3 Oklahoma.
Good luck figuring out which Wildcats are going to show up this weekend.
After experiencing the highest of highs and lowest of lows, coach Chris Klieman’s bunch will return home to face Texas Tech on Saturday trying to establish an even keel. And with the Wildcats (1-1) suddenly in the thick for the Big 12 title race thanks to their win over the Sooners, they understand they can’t afford a whiff against the Red Raiders.
“It has to be sustained,” Klieman said. “We need to do this for the long haul; that’s the challenge we made to our guys. We didn’t play well in Week 1 and you lose. We played well and played hard in Week 2 and had an opportunity to win. We need to practice, prepare and do things right off the field. We need to do everything we did the previous two weeks and maybe even amp it up a little bit to give ourselves a chance to be successful.”
In this crazy season of COVID-19, doing things off the field is equally as important. The Wildcats were down several players against Oklahoma due to positive tests and contact tracing, and only one or two could be back Saturday.
As for the Red Raiders (1-1), they led eighth-ranked Texas 56-41 in the final minutes with a chance to give new coach Matt Wells his first signature win, only to watch the Longhorns rally for a 63-56 overtime victory. Along the way was a dubious decision to pooch a kickoff in the fourth quarter, their failure to jump on an onside kick and their collapse in the extra session.