(TNS) — Key moments, players and grades from Kansas State's 42-35 win over Texas Tech:
K-State player of the game: Skylar Thompson. You could make a case for Byron Pringle and Dalton Schoen, but Thompson delivered in the clutch. The redshirt freshman led K-State on two scoring drives in the fourth quarter and another in overtime to lead the Wildcats on a wild, come-from-behind victory. Is there a better third-string quarterback in college football this season?
Texas Tech player of the game: Keke Coutee. Texas Tech's top receiver made the Wildcats look silly in man coverage, piling up 189 yards and two touchdowns on 12 catches.
Key moment of the game: Thompson found Schoen a yard into the end zone for a game-tying conversion with 42 seconds remaining. K-State and Texas Tech went back and forth calling timeouts like they were playing chess before the play, which the Wildcats changed three times. K-State won the exchange, and the game, because Thompson and Schoen played with poise when it mattered most.
Offense: B. It was far from a perfect day for the unit, but K-State was down to its third quarterback in the second half and still amassed 408 yards. It was nice to see Justin Silmon and Dalvin Warmack more involved, and the play-calling seemed more inventive than in recent games. Bonus points for completing the comeback.
Defense: C+. Duke Shelley returned an interception for a touchdown, and the defense shut out Texas Tech for most of the fourth quarter and all of overtime. But the Red Raiders also dropped a number of passes and turned conservative late, not even trying to win on its final possession of regulation, despite churning out 527 yards.
Special Teams: A-. Good returns gave K-State strong field position, and Matthew McCrane connected on both his field goals.
Coaching: B-. You can't count the Wildcats out, even when ESPN's win predictor gives them a 99.1 percent chance of losing in the fourth quarter. K-State coaches did a nice job keeping the team focused in a difficult situation.