The Red Raiders battle against Kansas State at Jones AT&T Stadium looked early like it was going to be another painfully typical pinball game. You know, where Tech engineers massive offensive numbers but has to hold on for dear life because their opponent scores on every possession?

After a nearly 3 minute drive on the first possession of the ballgame, Texas Tech had a 7-0 lead on the Wildcats. That's when the achilles heel of this Red Raiders team reared it's ugly head, and a monstrous play by their opponent would stymie Tech's momentum.

K-State's kick return specialist Morgan Burns did just that, giving his team a shot in the arm by returning the ensuing kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown, tying the game at 7.

The Wildcats pace would slow however, and the take away from the first quarter would be that Texas Tech came to play in their final home game of the season.

One of the Texas Tech Red Raiders best weapons in an offense built around an all out aerial assault, does not play wide receiver. This is why running back DeAndre Washington is often the Red Raiders best kept secret on Saturdays. The senior leader who earned a game ball last week in Tech's losing effort at West Virginia, made another impact play early in the Red Raiders bout with the Wildcats.

Already leading 14-7, Texas Tech's third possession of the game started at their own 20 yard line after a K-State punt sailed through the back of the endzone. 2 plays and 19 seconds later, Tech was up 21-7 courtesy an explosive 80 yard touchdown scamper from silent assassin, DeAndre Washington.

A lot of football still to play, but it appears early that Texas Tech's offense is up to the challenge of putting enough points on the board to secure a win, and bowl eligibility.