K-State Holds on for 30-27 Win at Texas Tech


Courtesy of K-State Athletics

LUBBOCK, Texas — K-State scored on four of its first five possessions of the second half, including three touchdowns, before eating up the final 3:58 of the game to seal a 30-27 win at Texas Tech on Saturday night.

Skylar Thompson, who threw for 248 yards on the night, tossed both of his touchdowns in the second half. Facing a third-and-6 on K-State’s first drive of the second half, Thompson connected with Phillip Brooks on a crossing route for a 14-yard touchdown. Later, he hit Chabastin Taylor for a 48-yard score to go up 30-20.

After a Texas Tech score cut K-State’s lead to three with just under four minutes to go, Thompson moved the chains on a third-and-11 with a 17-yard run on a designed draw. Two plays later, the redshirt junior quarterback threw a block for running back James Gilbert who cut a play back for an 18-yard gain to put K-State in the victory formation.

Joshua Youngblood notched the team’s other touchdown with a 100-yard kickoff return to go up 20-10, the true freshman’s second such score this season.     

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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