Saturday, September 25, 2004

Texas Tech defeats KU, 31-30

Red Raiders set two come-from-behind records with win


A new kicker led to the same result for Kansas University's football team against Texas Tech on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Freshman kicker Scott Webb missed two long field goals in the fourth quarter and the Jayhawks lost, 31-30, to the Red Raiders - the biggest come-from-behind victory ever by a KU opponent and the biggest come-from-behind victory ever by Texas Tech.

Webb took over field-goal duties this week from senior Johnny Beck, who missed two field goals last week in a 20-17 loss to Northwestern.

KU (2-2) led 30-5 in the first half, holding Texas Tech to just an early safety and a 34-yard field goal by Alex Trlica late in the first quarter.

After the safety, the Jayhawks scored 14 straight points behind a 36-yard screen pass from Adam Barmann to John Randle and a one-yard run by Randle. Barmann's pass to Randle came just one play after a Rodney Harris interception, one of three first-half picks by the Jayhawks.

KU's third score came after a fumbled punt return by Damon Amendola when Webb kicked a 22-yard field goal for a 17-5 lead.

The Jayhawks extended their lead to 24-5 on a 20-yard scoring pass from Charles Gordon to Brandon Rideau. Gordon took a pitch on what appeared to be an end around and threw to a wide-open Rideau in the end zone.

Sonny Cumbie's third interception of the half came just three plays later when Charlton Keith tipped a pass and Tony Stubbs picked it off.

Four plays later, Gordon was on the other end of a KU touchdown, grabbing a 26-yard scoring pass from Barmann. The Jayhawks, appearing to want to lead by 16 points, tried a two-point conversion but failed.

With Gordon on the sidelines after playing offense, Texas Tech picked on his replacement, Ronnie Amadi. After a seven-yard pass to Haverty, Amadi was burned for a 42-yard pass to Nehemiah Glover and a 32-yard touchdown pass to Haverty. The Red Raiders' two-point attempt failed, and Kansas ran out the clock.

Texas Tech (3-1) closed to within six points in the third quarter, scoring on a one-yard run by Taurean Henderson and a 27-yard pass from Cumbie to Jarrett Hicks. The Red Raiders gained 143 yards in the period.

The Jayhawks gained 94 yards in the third quarter, but couldn't get the ball in the end zone.

KU picked off Cumbie once more in the fourth quarter when Gabriel Toomey grabbed a pass intended for Henderson, but the Jayhawks couldn't take advantage.

After Hicks' touchdown reception on Texas Tech's next possession, Webb missed a 45-yard field goal attempt wide right.

Three consecutive punts gave KU the ball, but the Jayhawks could muster just one first down before Webb missed a 42-yard field-goal attempt off the left upright.

Texas Tech scored the game-winning touchdown three plays later on a 70-yard draw up the middle by Henderson on third-and-six, giving the Red Raiders their first lead since a 2-0 margin early in the fourth quarter.

John Randle returned the ensuing kickoff 42 yards to KU's 44-yard line, but Barmann was picked off by Jabari Smith two plays later. KU forced another Texas Tech punt, but Barmann was again intercepted on a desperation throw as time expired.

KU gained just 336 yards on 82 plays, including 86 rushing yards on 35 carries. Texas Tech put up 538 yards of total offense, including 356 through the air.

Barmann finished 22-of-46 passing for 224 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. He gained five yards on six carries.

John Randle rushed 16 times for 50 yards, and Austine Nwabuisi had five carries for 24 yards.

Rideau caught seven passes for 69 yards and a touchdown, and Randle had six receptions for 59 yards.

Cumbie was 28-of-52 passing for 356 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. He rushed four times for 12 yards.

Henderson gained 169 yards on 17 carries, and caught four passes for 11 yards.

Trey Haverty caught eight passes for 143 yards, and Hicks had eight catches for 131 yards.

¢ Cesar Rodriguez started at right tackle for KU instead of Travis Dambach. Rodriguez replaced Dambach in the second half last week against Northwestern.

  • KU started three defensive linemen, three linebackers and five defensive backs against Texas Tech. David McMillan, Jermial Ashely and Greg Tyree started on the line; Brandon Perkins, Nick Reid and Gabe Toomey started at linebacker; and Jerome Kemp, Charles Gordon, Tony Stubbs, Rodney Harris and Theo Baines started in the defensive backfield.
  • Tony Coker was suited for the Jayhawks, but did not start.
  • Kick returner Greg Heaggans, who sat out last game after being charged with DUI, was suited for KU.
  • Temperature at kickoff was 84 degrees under fair skies with 8-mph winds out of the northeast.

All stats are unofficial.

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