LUBBOCK, Texas, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Kliff Kingsbury continued his climb up Texas Tech's all-time lists. Kansas State continued its slide out of the Top 25.
Kingsbury threw for 409 yards and four touchdowns, as Texas Tech was dominant in a 38-19 victory over No. 21 Kansas State, which has lost three in a row for the first time in nearly a decade.
Kingsbury, coming off a thumb injury, completed 32-of-47 passes and threw a touchdown in each of the first three quarters to decimate the Wildcats' defense.
"My thumb felt good tonight," he said. "I got treatment before the game. It wasn't a factor at all. Once I got going, it was fine."
The junior quarterback moved into second place on the Red Raiders' completions list with 547 and one shy of the school's all-time mark.
His second career 400-yard game tied Robert Hall's Texas Tech record and his sixth 300-yard game matched another school standard, also held by Hall.
Robert Treece snapped a 7-7 tie with a 26-yard field goal 1:14 into the second quarter and Kingsbury connected with Wes Walker on a 60-yard touchdown pass with 1:12 remaining in the first half to make it 17-7.
Anton Paige caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Kingsbury midway through the third quarter before Kansas State closed to 24-13 on Josh Scobey's 26-yard TD run with 2:26 left in the period.
But Carlos Francis returned a fumble 34 yards for a touchdown to give the Red Raiders (3-1, 1-2 Big 12) a 31-13 cushion 16 seconds into the final period.
Marc Dunn had a four-yard scoring run for the Wildcats before Texas Tech's Ricky Williams capped the scoring with a 23-yard touchdown run with 1:23 to go.
Williams rushed 12 times for 63 yards as the Red Raiders piled up 475 yards of total offense, but just 66 on the ground.
"I think the win helps a lot. Last week was tough on us," said Kingsbury, referring to Texas Tech's 34-31 overtime loss to Kansas. "Everyone settled down a lot and refocused and did what we needed to do."
"The best thing we did today was due to great practices that we've had and that translated on to the field," Red Raiders coach Mike Leach said. "I think the team greatly responded to adversity."
Kansas State (2-3, 0-3) has lost three straight for the first time since October 10-31, 1992 and also had a three-game winning streak against Texas Tech snapped.
"I don't believe anybody gave up," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said. "I don't believe at this particular time we are a real good football team, we just aren't (really) good right now. We have got a lot of things that have to take place in order for us to back on track."
The Red Raiders defeated Kansas State for the first time since November 1, 1997. They have won four of seven all-time meetings, including four of five in Lubbock.
Scobey rushed for 111 yards on 21 carries as the Wildcats gained 146 yards on the ground. But Kansas State struggled in the air as Marc Dunn completed just 16-of-40 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown.
Dunn also threw an interception and was sacked five times. He got the start for Ell Roberson, who had quarterbacked in losses to Oklahoma and Colorado and was sidelined with a sore ankle.
Aaron Lockett was held to five catches for 30 yards but moved into second place on Kansas State's all-time receiving list with 128. He also ran for 27 yards on eight carries.