- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - No. 23 KANSAS STATE (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) hosts Texas Tech (2-2, 0-1), 7 p.m. ET. (ESPNU)

Line: Kansas State by 12.

Series Record: Texas Tech leads 8-6.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Kansas State will be trying to stay atop the Big 12 while Texas Tech will be trying to even its conference record. The Wildcats have won the last three meetings in the series.

KEY MATCHUP

Red Raiders QB Davis Webb is eighth nationally with 339 yards passing per game. He’ll be going against a Kansas State defense that is nails against the run but has been susceptible to over-the-top passing. The big question is whether he’ll be 100 percent. He left last week’s game against Oklahoma State with a shoulder injury but practiced this week.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Texas Tech: WR Bradley Marquez has hauled in six touchdown passes to rank second nationally and tops in the Big 12. When things break down in the pocket, he’s the guy that Webb will try to find.

Kansas State: QB Jake Waters and WR Tyler Lockett. Since the start of last season, they have hooked up for 90 completions, 1,469 yards and 11 touchdowns. That includes 13 pass plays of at least 20 yards, and seven of 40 or more.

FACTS & FIGURES

The game is expected to be the 17th consecutive sellout at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. … Kansas State has scored in 220 consecutive games, tops in the Big 12. Texas Tech is second at 211 games. … Webb has thrown at least one TD pass in the first 14 games of his career, a Texas Tech record. … Red Raiders WR Jakeem Grant had a career-high 12 catches for 100 yards against Oklahoma State. He’s first in the Big 12 in all-purpose yards at 178 per game. … Texas Tech is among the worst teams in the nation in turnover margin, coughing the ball up nine times. … Kansas State has only started 2-0 in the Big 12 twice since the 2000 season. … The Wildcats are 31-8 at home since their stadium was named in honor of Snyder. … Kansas State has won 41 straight games when leading at halftime, third-best nationally. … The Wildcats are first in the Big 12 and ninth nationally in fewest penalties at 36.8 yards per game. … Lockett needs 58 catches, 564 yards and eight TDs to break his father Kevin Lockett’s school records in each category.

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