LUBBOCK, Texas — Jake Waters had a big day to help Kansas State run over No. 25 Texas Tech.
Daniel Sams chipped in, too, running for two touchdowns to lead Kansas State over the Red Raiders 49-26 on Saturday.
"As a team, it was one of our best games, especially (offensive) line running," said Waters, who ran for two touchdowns and passed for one. "We got going early. We kind of set the tone of, 'Hey, we can pound the rock against these guys.' That helped us all day. As a whole (team), I think that was one of our best games."
Sams' touchdowns came from 1 and 5 yards, Waters' from 1 yard and 13 yards.
The win was the third in a row for the Wildcats, who opened the season by losing at home to Division I-AA North Dakota State and lost its first three Big 12 games.
"I think we've improved a good deal; not as much as I would like, but we are getting better week in and week out," said Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, who got his 175th career victory.
"I think we're better this week than we were a week ago. Probably played as well today — or better today — collectively. Offense, defense, kicking game, a lot of things we didn't like. But collectively, I think we've probably played as well as we have."
Meanwhile, the Red Raiders have lost three in a row since starting 7-0 — with undefeated Baylor up next. Baker Mayfield, who came in for the ineffective Davis Webb late in the second quarter, was 34-for-44 for 276 yards and two interceptions.
"We got outcoached," Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. "We got outplayed. It's up to us what we're going to do for the last two weeks."
Kansas State scored touchdowns on all but one of six first-half possessions to take a 35-10 lead. Its only unsuccessful one came when it took over on downs with one second remaining.
The Red Raiders cut it to 35-19 in the third, when the Wildcats got just 48 rushing yards. The bulk of those came on third and 5 at the Red Raiders 30 after an unsuccessful onside kick. Sams started right, juked back left and went for 27 yards. Two plays later, on the first play of the fourth, Sams scored from a yard out.
Three plays later, Ty Zimmerman returned an interception 43 yards to seal it.
"We knew what they were going to do," Kingsbury said.
"And they came right at us, and we couldn't stop them. We didn't have answers."