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This day in college football history: Kansas State wins first Big 12 game in history

Kansas State tops Texas Tech in brand new conference

On this day in 1996…

Following a special pregame ceremony featuring Big 12 Commissioner Steve Hatcell, Texas Tech Athletics Director Gerald Myers and Kansas State Athletics Director Max Urick, complete with daytime fireworks, No. 18 Kansas State topped Texas Tech 21-14 in Manhattan, Kan., in the inaugural Big 12 Conference game. The Red Raiders mounted a fourth-quarter rally behind a touchdown pass from quarterback Zebbie Lethridge, a two-point conversion, and a field goal to pull within seven. The rally fell short when Kansas State safety Mario Smith broke up a fourth down pass deep in Wildcat territory with 44 seconds remaining.

Source: National Football Foundation

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