After an encouraging start, the Kansas football team could not stop negative momentum in a 54-16 loss to No. 20 Texas Tech on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
The meltdown started after KU took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, as Tech scored the game's next 54 points.
The play that seemed to turn the tide completely was a failed fake punt by KU on fourth and 13 from its own 16 with six minutes left in the second quarter, as Trevor Pardula was tackled for no gain. Tech needed just two plays to score on the short field to make it 17-10, taking the lead for good.
Jake Heaps, operating out of a five-wide set most of the first half, completed 16 of 32 passes for 189 yards with a touchdown and interception.
Tony Pierson finished with six catches for 118 yards, but he left the game and did not return after suffering a head injury in the third quarter. KU coach Charlie Weis said after the game Pierson could miss significant time because of a concussion.
Linebacker Ben Heeney led the defense with 12 tackles — including two for loss — with an interception. Eleven of those tackles came in the first half.
KU (2-2) will play at TCU at 11 a.m. on Oct. 12.
12:13 — Matthew Wyman 36 field goal. The Kansas defense stuffed Texas Tech on the game's first drive, with junior linebacker Ben Heeney coming up with an interception on third down to set the KU offense up in Texas Tech territory for its first drive. Five plays later, Wyman gave KU its first first-quarter points of the season. Jake Heaps hit Tony Pierson for 28 yards on the first play of the drive. (KU 3, TTU 0).
7:18 — Jimmay Mundine 25 pass from Jake Heaps. Wyman kick. After another stand by KU's defense, the Jayhawks drove 79 yards in nine plays and 4:03 on a mixture of passes and runs. Brandon Bourbon caught two passes, back-up quarterback Michael Cummings came in for a few plays to lead a KU running package and Heaps hit Pierson for 25 yards on third and 12 after back-to-back false start penalties. On the next play, Heaps found Mundine down the seam for the walk-on touchdown. (KU 10, TTU 10).
11:20 — Ryan Bustin 23 field goal. Texas Tech picked up its first points of the day thanks in large part to the ground game. With KU's defensive backs and D-Line making life tough on QB Baker Mayfield, the Red Raiders ripped off eight straight runs to move deep into the red zone. The drive stalled when KU's corners, Dexter McDonald and JaCorey Shepherd stood tall inside the 10 and Tech settled for the three pointer. (KU 10, TTU 3).
7:46 — Kenny Williams 2 run. Bustin kick. After watching its offense get on the board, Texas Tech's defense forced the Jayhawks into a three-and-out and a long punt return gave the Red Raiders the ball inside KU territory. Nine plays and 42 yards later, Williams walked in to tie the game. Tech's drive spanned 2:22 and featured a roughing-the-passer penalty on KU's Kevin Young and pass interference in the end zone against KU's Dexter McDonald. (KU 10, TTU 10).
5:13 — Baker Mayfield 19 run. Bustin kick. Tech's defense forced KU into a three-and-out and then benefited from an odd punt attempt in which KU's Trevor Pardula ran the ball for no gain instead of punting it. Two plays later, Mayfield ran up the middle on a called QB run and fell into the end zone to give the Red Raiders their first lead of the day. (TTU 17, KU 10).
0:00 — Ryan Bustin 25 field goal. The Red Raiders' defense continued to frustrate KU's offense and, after another three-and-out by the Jayhawks, the Red Raiders drove 68 yards in nine plays and 3:08 to add a field goal to its score as the first half expired. Mayfield hit Eric Ward for a 37-yard gain to set up the score, but the KU defense dug in at the 2 yard line and forced the field goal. (TTU 20, KU 10).
14:46 — DeAndre Washington 4 run. Bustin kick. Texas Tech safety J.J. Gaines intercepted Heaps on the first pass of the second half after Tony Pierson tipped a pass into the air, allowing Gaines to settle under it and return it to the KU 8. After a penalty moved possession to the Kansas 4, Washington walked into the end zone and put the Red Raiders firmly in front. (TTU 27, KU 10).
11:46 — Ryan Bustin 28 field goal. After another three-and-out by the KU offense, the Red Raiders marched 61 yards in just under two minutes to add to its lead. Mayfield hit Ward and tight end Jace Amaro to set up the easy kick for Bustin, who missed his first kick of the day in the first quarter. (TTU 30, KU 10).
7:51 — Washington 5 run. Bustin kick. More of the same on this drive from the Red Raiders, who drove 80 yards in 12 plays and 2:32 to open this one up to true rout status. Mayfield was 7-of-8 passing on the drive that started at the TTU 20 after another stalled KU drive. (TTU 37, KU 10).
14:49 — Eric Ward 25 pass from Davis Webb. Bustin kick. Despite starting quarterback Baker Mayfield heading to the bench for a pat on the back and an ice-cold Gatorade, the Red Raiders' offense kept rolling. Webb tossed a touchdown pass on his second throw of the day to cap a drive that spanned 50 yards in five plays and 1:15. (TTU 44, KU 10).
12:16 — Ryan Bustin 31 field goal. The comedy of errors continued early in the fourth quarter, as a snap from center that sailed over Heaps' head was recovered by Texas Tech deep in KU territory. The Red Raiders then tacked on three more easy points after moving just seven yards in four plays and 40 seconds. (TTU 47, KU 10).
10:30 — Dylan Cantrell 4 pass from Davis Webb. Bustin kick. With Michael Cummings in at quarterback for KU, the Red Raiders did not let up. Tech's defense stripped an attempted pass by Cummings and returned the fumble to the KU 6 yard line. Three plays later, Webb tossed his second TD pass of the day to a reserve tight end up made a nice grab near the back line of the north end zone. (TTU 54, KU 10).
7:43 — Andrew Turzilli 28 pass from Michael Cummings. Kick failed. Give the credit to KU's reserves for this drive, as Darrian Miller ran hard, Michael Cummings kept fighting and Turzilli, who has played very little this season, made a heck of a catch in the end zone and along the sideline. The drive spanned 77 yards in six plays and 2:40. (TTU 54, KU 16).