Oct 23, 2021; Lubbock, Texas, USA;  Texas Tech Red Raiders kick returner Kaylon Geiger Sr. (10) returns a kick against Kansas State Wildcats defensive back TJ Smith (7) in the first half at Jones AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

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Kansas State rallies in second half to edge Texas Tech

Deuce Vaughn scored two of his three touchdowns in the second half as Kansas State overcame a 14-point halftime deficit to beat Texas Tech 25-24 on Saturday in Big 12 action in Lubbock, Texas.

Vaughn finished with 120 yards from scrimmage, two rushing touchdowns and the go-ahead receiving TD.

The Wildcats (4-3, 1-3 Big 12) outscored Texas Tech 15-0 in the second half in snapping a three-game losing streak. Skylar Thompson completed 24 of 30 passes for 296 yards and a score.

It didn’t take long for Texas Tech (5-3, 2-3) to get on the scoreboard. Two runs combining for 75 yards put the Red Raiders up 7-0 just 30 seconds into the game. Erik Ezukanma raced 45 yards on a jet sweep for the score.

Malik Knowles fumbled the ensuing kickoff and it was recovered at the Kansas State 23. Six plays later, SaRodorick Thompson punched it in from the 1-yard line on fourth down for a 14-0 Texas Tech lead.

After an exchange of punts, the Wildcats got a 14-play, 78-yard drive that took more than 10 minutes, capped by a 1-yard Vaughn touchdown run to pull within 14-7 early in the second quarter.

Tech then went 75 yards in 10 plays, with SaRodorick Thompson scoring on a 4-yard run.

Each team converted chip-shot field goals before the half.

Kansas State went three-and-out on its first possession of the second half, but Ty Zentner’s punt was downed on the 1. Felix Anudike-Uzomah stuffed SaRodorick Thompson for a safety on the next play. On the next possession, Vaughn scored on fourth-and-inches from the 2 to get within 24-19.

K-State appeared to be driving for the go-ahead score but Nick Lenners fumbled after a catch and the Red Raiders recovered. The Wildcats turned over Tech on downs, taking over at their own 34. After a defensive personal foul penalty helped KSU convert a third-and-34, Skylar Thompson hit Vaughn for a 22-yard touchdown pass to give K-State its first lead at 25-24.

Texas Tech couldn’t get much offense going in the second half, and turned the ball over on downs near midfield on its final drive.

–Field Level Media

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