While scouting earlier in the week, Texas Tech defensive coordinator Art Kaufman watched film of about 230 Kansas plays. He only remembers four or five of them being speed-options — the plays that burned TTU for the biggest yardage Saturday. By Jesse Newell
With life on the road being awfully unkind to the Kansas University football program during the past few seasons, KU coach Charlie Weis altered KU's travel plans this week in hopes of fielding a more focused football team during Saturday's game against Texas Tech.
KU coach Charlie Weis talks after his team's 41-34 double-overtime loss to Texas Tech on Nov. 10, 2012.
How did an undermanned Kansas football team push Texas Tech beyond regulation? Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan says the Jayhawks were prepared to play, and a lot of the credit for that has to go to the man at the top.
The Kansas football team rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to tie it, but No. 22 Texas Tech's offense came through when it mattered most in a 41-34, double-overtime victory over KU on Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas.
After TTU's Ryan Bustin missed a 41-yard field goal that would have won the game at the end of regulation, the two teams traded TDs in the first OT before Darrin Moore caught a three-yard TD pass in the second OT.
KU couldn't answer, rushing for one yard on three running plays before a desperation pass was knocked down in the end zone on fourth down.
The Jayhawks (1-9, 0-7 Big 12) lost despite rushing for 390 yards. That included 16 carries for 202 yards from Tony Pierson and 30 carries for 127 yards from James Sims, who had three combined touchdowns.
The junior Sims also set a new KU record, posting his sixth straight 100-yard rushing game.
Michael Cummings finished 6-for-15 passing for 29 yards and two TDs.
KU will play host to Iowa State at 6 p.m. on Nov. 17.
Candidates for Game Balls & Gassers
• Tony Pierson rushed for a career-high 202 yards on 16 carries, more than half of the yardage coming on two carries, one for 69 yards, another for 49 yards.
• James Sims set a school record with a sixth-consecutive 100-yard rushing game, turning 30 carries into 129 yards and two touchdowns. He scored a third touchdown on a five-yard reception.
• Tyler Patmon had his man covered in the back of the end zone and continued to look directly at the man instead of seeing the ball on a play in which he could have gotten a hand on it or even intercepted. It went for a touchdown. It was one of several key plays on which Patmon was burned.
• The wide receivers as a unit combined for one catch and two yards. Ten games into the season, no wide receiver has caught a touchdown pass.
HOW THEY SCORED
11:40 - Jakeem Grant 9 pass from Seth Doege. Ryan Bustin kick. After receiving the opening kickoff, Doege ripped off six straight completions and later converted a fourth-and-seven situation to get the Red Raiders on the board in a hurry. The game's first scoring drive covered 75 yards in 11 plays and 3:20. (TTU 7, KU 0).
7:48 - James Sims 6 run. Nick Prolago kick. KU answered Tech's opening drive of nearly all passes with a drive of all runs. Sims carried six times for 48 yards and Tony Pierson added a key 13-yard pick-up on third down. The drive covered 63 yards in eight plays and 3:52. (TTU 7, KU 7).
14:55 - Tyson Williams 16 pass from Doege. Bustin kick. After back-to-back punts on drives two and three, Tech broke through for another touchdown when Doege found Williams standing in the back of the end zone. As he waited for the ball to come to him, KU's Tyler Patmon stood with his back to the play and did nothing as the ball landed in Williams' arms. The drive covered 54 yards in five plays and 1:53. (TTU 14, KU 7).
12:20 - Darrin Moore 6 pass from Doege. Bustin kick. Three more plays, three more passes for Texas Tech, which added to its lead with a three-play, 57-yard drive that took just 1:03 and ended with another Doege touchdown pass. (TTU 21, KU 7).
5:30 - Brandon Bourbon 10 pass from Michael Cummings. Prolago kick. An interception by Bradley McDougald set the Jayhawks up at the Tech 39 yard line. Five plays later, Cummings hit Bourbon in the flat on a rollout. The drive featured three runs by Tony Pierson, a key personal foul penalty on the Red Raiders and went 39 yards in five plays and 1:37. (TTU 21, KU 14).
0:03 - Nick Prolago 22 field goal. KU's defense held strong again and the offense responded with an 11-play, 74-yard drive that took 3:41 and featured a 49-yard run from Tony Pierson to set up the score. KU took three shots to the end zone in the final five plays of the first half, but two to Tre' Parmalee fell incomplete and a pass to Sims at the 2 was a little behind him and dropped. (TTU 21, KU 17).
0:28 - Ryan Bustin 29 field goal. Despite giving up points on Texas Tech's final drive of the third quarter, the KU defense did just enough to stay in it, holding the Red Raiders to a field goal after facing first and goal at the eight yard line. The key play on the drive was a 29-yard wide receiver pass from Austin Zouzalik to Doege. Doege appeared to fumble on the play, but the review showed his knee was down before the ball came out. The drive covered 71 yards in nine plays and 3:03. (TTU 24, KU 17).
10:12 - Bustin 27 field goal. The Red Raiders opened up a two-score lead with a 12-play, 59-yard drive that took 3:45 but again fell short of the end zone. The drive, which featured five quick throws from Doege resembled Tech's opening scroing drive of the day until the Red Raiders got into the red zone and the KU defense stiffened. (TTU 27, KU 17).
8:59 - James Sims 3 run. Prolago kick. KU responded to its first double-digit deficit since the first quarter with a three-play, 72-yard scoring drive that featured a 69-yard sprint from Pierson on the first play of the drive. Earlier in the day, Pierson ripped off a 49-yard run. (TTU 27, KU 24).
0:41 - Prolago 32 field goal. After stopping the Red Raiders on a fourth-and-three inside the red zone, KU's offense tied the game with a nine-play, 75-yard march that took 4:11 and featured a fourth-down run from quarterback Michael Cummings that picked up 44 yards and set up the game-tying kick. Sims also ran for 30 yards on the drive. (TTU 27, KU 27).
15:00 - Sims 5 pass from Cummings. Prolago kick. After Texas Tech's attempt at a game-winning field goal in regulation sailed wide, the Jayhawks struck first in overtime. Pierson, who finished with more than 200 yards rushing, set up the score with an 18-yard option run. The drive covered 25 yards yards in four plays. (KU 34, TTU 27).
15:00 - Eric Stephens 1 run. Bustin kick. KU forced the Red Raiders into a third-and-long situation on their first drive, but Doege hit Eric Stephens with a 24-yard pass to the one yard line to set up Stephens' TD run on the direct snap. The drive covered 25 yars in four plays. (KU 34, TTU 34).
15:00 - Darrin Moore 3 pass from Stephens. Bustin kick. Tech got the first crack at points in the second overtime and marched to a touchdown in four plays. Stephens again took the direct snap and, after faking the run, flipped a pass over the top of the defense to Moore. (TTU 41, KU 34).