Updated May 19, 2018 10:01:19Kentucky Wildcats running back Derrick Walton Jr. celebrates with teammates after scoring the game-winning touchdown against Texas Tech.
(Photo: Matt Kryger/USA TODAY Sports)Kentucky senior quarterback Connor Halliday (11) celebrates with his teammates after he throws the ball in the end zone against Texas State.
(Noah Graham/USA Today Sports)The Wildcats had to overcome a 15-point deficit to beat Texas Tech, a team that was expected to be among the nation’s top teams.
The Wildcats held off Texas State for the second time in four games in a row to snap a five-game losing streak and take the win against the Aggies on Thursday night.
They will travel to TCU on Saturday.
The game began in a 3-and-out for Texas Tech on a kickoff return with 2:39 remaining.
Kentucky ran the ball eight times for 20 yards and three touchdowns.
After a short touchdown drive, Walton scored on a 1-yard run to give the Wildcats a 23-20 lead.
After a short gain, Walton hit freshman Jordan White to open the scoring.
Walton then threw a 15 yard touchdown pass to White to cut Texas Tech’s lead to 24-21 with 11:51 left in the second quarter.
Texas Tech, which was playing without its star running back, led by as many as 23 points in the first half before Texas State scored the next three points.
The Blue Raiders responded with a 14-play, 76-yard drive that saw them go ahead 19-3 with 4:58 left in regulation.
Walton added another score on a 10-yard scoring run to put Texas Tech up 37-33 at halftime.
Walston’s 2-yard touchdown pass with 3:38 left in overtime gave the Wildcats an 18-7 lead.
After that, Texas State answered with a field goal by Josh Hargreaves with 3 minutes, 9 seconds remaining.
Texas Tech made its next five field goals, including two by Walton.
Texas State responded with its next three field goals of its own, tying the game at 24-24 with 9:43 left in OT.
Walton’s 2nd TD pass with 1:02 left gave Texas State a 34-24 lead.
Texas was led by sophomore quarterback Tyler Lockett, who completed 15 of 23 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns.
Lockett also rushed for three touchdowns and threw for a career-high five interceptions.
Tyler Lockett and his teammates celebrate with teammates before the game against Texas.
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Blue Raider defense struggled to contain the Wildcats offense in the fourth quarter.
Locken completed 20 of 31 passes for 240 yards and a career high-tying eight touchdowns.
He also ran for another touchdown.
Texas is in a tough spot at 4-5, with its only loss coming on the road at LSU last week.
The Red Raiders host Michigan State on Saturday, then host Kansas State in Kansas City on Oct. 28.
The Wildcats are 2-0 against the Wildcats.