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Texas Tech defeats Kansas, 34-21

  • 2:30 p.m., Oct. 18, 2014
  • Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, TX

KU offense can't keep up with Red Raiders

The Kansas University football team’s offense looked better than it had all season Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium, in Lubbock, Texas. But the Jayhawks’ 363 yards of offense, highlighted by junior quarterback Michael Cummings’ three total touchdowns, wasn’t enough for KU to keep pace with Texas Tech in a 34-21 loss.

The Red Raiders (3-4 overall, 1-3 Big 12) picked up 507 yards of offense, including 219 on the ground and 164 rushing yards from running back DeAndre Washington. Tech sophomore quarterback Davis Webb added 388 yards through the air and three touchdowns, as the home team earned 26 first downs and assured Kansas (2-5, 0-4) of its 30th straight loss away from Memorial Stadium.

Cummings completed two or more passes to seven different receivers and threw for 235 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the loss, during which he also rushed for a TD.

Still, Texas Tech played at a quick pace and it seemed to keep the KU defense a little off balance. And despite a career day from senior linebacker Ben Heeney — 21 total tackles (17 solo) and an interception — the Jayhawks couldn’t keep the quick-strike Red Raiders under wraps.

Kansas is off next week, and returns to the field Nov. 1 at Baylor, in Waco, Texas.

Box score

HOW THEY SCORED

First Quarter

12:53 — Ryan Bustin 34 field goal. Texas Tech's fast-paced offense was on full display during the opening drive of the game, as Davis Webb completed three of four passes, including a 41-yard hook-up with Jakeem Grant, to set up the Red Raiders' first score. KU's defense stiffened once Tech reached the red zone. The scoring drive spanned 58 yards in five plays and 2:07. (TTU 3, KU 0).

2:39 — Reginald Davis 13 pass from Davis Webb. Bustin kick. After stuffing the Jayhawks on a fourth-and-one at the Tech 34, the Red Raiders marched 66 yards in 12 plays and 3:15 to push their lead to two scores. Webb hit big passes to DeAndre Washington and Davis to set up the score. Kansas cornerback Dexter McDonald dropped a tipped ball that nearly led to an interception six plays before the touchdown pass. (TTU 10, KU 0).

Second Quarter

6:57 — Bradley Marquez 8 pass from Webb. Bustin kick. As Kansas continued to struggle offensively, the Red Raiders just kept completing passes against a defense running a step or two slow. Webb hit five of six passes on this scoring drive that spanned 90 yards in 10 plays and 3:00. Marquez caught three of those passes for 50 yards. (TTU 17, KU 0).

0:31 — Justin McCay 16 pass from Michael Cummings. Matthew Wyman kick. A Ben Heeney interception and return into Texas Tech territory set up the Jayhawks with their best field position of the day and Cummings and company capitalized. The Jayhawks drove 39 yards in seven plays and 2:21 to get on the board, which came thanks to a nice grab by McCay on a fade route to the back corner of the end zone. (TTU 17, KU 7).

Third Quarter

11:11 — Ryan Bustin 38 field goal. After forcing the Jayhawks into a three-and-out to open the second half, the Red Raiders put up the first second-half points against the Kansas defense since the Texas game. Bustin's field goal capped a seven-play, 23-yard drive that spanned 1:53. (TTU 20, KU 7).

8:34 — Jimmay Mundine 21 pass from Cummings. Wyman kick. After an ill-advised throw resulted in an interception by Texas Tech, the Jayhawks got the ball back thanks to a Michael Reynolds sack/fumble. Two plays later, Cummings found Mundine running all alone down the seam and Kansas pulled to within six. Corey Avery set up the score with a six-yard run on first down after the turnover. (TTU 20, KU 14).

5:10 — Ian Sadler 6 pass from Webb. Bustin kick. The Red Raiders responded to KU pulling within one score with an incredibly efficient nine-play, 63-yard scoring drive that took 3:24. Webb completed three passes on the drive, including the TD, which was placed perfectly into the back corner of the south end zone. Tech also kept the drive alive by converting a fourth-and-one inside the Kansas 10. (TTU 27, KU 14).

0:03 — Michael Cummings 1 run. Wyman kick. Kansas' defense finally slowed the Red Raiders mojo on offense and responded with a seven-play, 81-yard drive that took 2:36. Cummings hooked up with Mundine and Nigel King on big passes and added 17 yards on the ground. (TTU 27, KU 21).

Fourth Quarter

13:21 — Justin Stockton 21 run. Bustin kick. Seven plays after Kansas cut the Tech lead back down to six points, the Red Raiders responded with an easy touchdown run from Stockton, who slipped up the middle untouched and walked into the end zone. The drive covered 72 yards in six plays and 1:42 and pushed Tech's lead back to two scores. (TTU 34, KU 21).

Join the post game discussion

Micky Baker

In retrospect, Cummings should have been starting since the beginning of last season. Crist and Heaps were a disaster. Those O-lineman weren't being coached well before Reagan got here and developed a lot of bad habits, many of which they still have. We also need a QB coach that understands the spread, because Powlus doesn't get it.

RXDOC in reply to Micky Baker

I never said you said that. You started the argument and an inference can be made from your comment to me that you are on the Bowen band wagon. But again I didn't start this. Hell some of the stuff you say I like then you go and nut punch me.

Micky Baker in reply to RXDOC

Not to mention that fumble on the 2nd to last drive I believe. Just live to play another down right there. Then the shanked punt this game, too. That gave TTU a short field. We're really beating ourselves.

Darin Bradley in reply to RXDOC

Couldn't agree more. Take off the rose colored glasses and test the water.

Micky Baker

There are about five plays in the past 2 games that if KU players had made the plays, we would have won both games. This is something that might no be an issue had we had better personnel decisions made earlier in the year, like benching Cozart. The passes that Cummings made today, or many of them, would not have even been attempted by Cozart.

RXDOC in reply to Crimsonorblue22

Please don't think I'm saying don't hire him. All I'm saying is make damn sure he's the right guy. Don't let someone slip through because we're enamored with the local guy. Maybe he's the guy. But we gotta test the waters. It's not a huge cost to doing that.

Micky Baker in reply to RXDOC

You can make those comments to me, but I'm not saying to hire Bowen, nor have I said that in any post.

Micky Baker in reply to Darin Bradley

I do recall saying that, because I watched EVERY SINGLE PLAY of this game. He didn't have bad pocket presence. There are QBs with more experience than he has that are worse than that by a long way.

RXDOC

You don't simply hire a guy because he's doing better than the inept Weis. KU having a pulse is an improvement over what Weis was able to do. He was TERRIBLE. So the point is you don't hire the interim because he's doing better than the turd before him. Anyone could have been an improvement over Weis. Hell even I could see some of the things and correct them.

Crimsonorblue22 in reply to RXDOC

Give him some time!

Micky Baker in reply to Darin Bradley

No, I don't drink, but I'm thinking you're doing something a little less legal than alcohol.

Micky Baker

Well. I guess we can just about wrap this season up. 2-12. Impressive. After this week I don't want to hear anymore hire Bowen crap. We need to do our due diligence and see who is available and who will come here for the right offer. I like Bowen but we can't hire him just because he's a KU guy and a good guy.

That's exactly what you posted up above. WORD FOR WORD. I'm not even one of those on that "Hire Bowen bandwagon", but after three games we have people saying, "He's certainly not the answer"? What?

Darin Bradley in reply to Micky Baker

You must be drunk. Do you not recall saying "I don't know what game you're watching but its not this one" to imply that your knowledge on the subject is somehow greater than mine? Thanks for the laugh.

Micky Baker

We have all these people whining about those that want to hire Bowen. It is obvious that Bowen has this team playing a lot better than the game against Texas.

RXDOC

And if you read my post correctly I said I don't want to hear it BECAUSE WE NEED TO BE SURE HE'S THE RIGHT GUY. I'm sick of the coaching carousel.

Micky Baker in reply to RXDOC

Talking smack? Just calling it how I see it. No apologies from me.

RXDOC

Micky you talk smack like a school yard bully. You must be a badass.

Micky Baker in reply to Darin Bradley

Cummings has started 7 games. He could be better, but that last play was like the INT he threw last week. You have to throw that ball to a receiver. And you have to admit that wasn't really that good of a rush that beat Larry.

Micky Baker in reply to Darin Bradley

You whined because I have an opinion. This isn't junior high. You can disagree if you want, but you said, "Coach Micky, you're opinion as about as worth as our current staff". What is that supposed to be about? Who are you kidding man?

Darin Bradley in reply to Micky Baker

Cummings is an upgrade. It'd be great if his pocket presence were better. Have a good one. Rock Chalk

Cody Riedy

I think today the team is better with Bowen than they were with Weis, mostly because of the renewed energy. But overall, it's true we can't fire our way to success. We need realistic and clearly defined expectations and to hire a guy that we can be patient with. We are not going to turn the program around in two years. People act like every other program isn't constantly trying to get better too. So we don't just have to get a lot better, we have to get more better than the other programs in our conference. We have a good conference. That's a tall task.

RXDOC in reply to Micky Baker

Oh God here we go with the insults.

RXDOC in reply to Micky Baker

Agreed. Weis wasn't doing anything.

Micky Baker in reply to RXDOC

If you don't want to hear it, then don't read other people's posts. You don't have to agree, but you can be a grownup. It's not that hard.

Micky Baker in reply to Bryce Landon

No doubt about that. It was really agonizing

Darin Bradley in reply to Micky Baker

Who's going anywhere? I said I'd be waiting. And I'm pretty certain you wanted to interject you opinion to my post. Not the other way around.... Oh I forgot the name calling part.. Poor Baby.

RXDOC

Well. I guess we can just about wrap this season up. 2-12. Impressive. After this week I don't want to hear anymore hire Bowen crap. We need to do our due diligence and see who is available and who will come here for the right offer. I like Bowen but we can't hire him just because he's a KU guy and a good guy.

Micky Baker in reply to Darin Bradley

He threw those nice passes from the pocket. A couple of times TTU brought the house and we didn't have enough guys to make the blocks. We are missing the two RBs we thought were going to start. KU is playing with skeleton depth on both sides of the ball, then Pierson only get's two plays today before he leaves injured.

Bryce Landon in reply to Micky Baker

The problems were already there before Weis came, thanks to Gill. Thing is, Weis did little to nothing to rectify Gill's mess.

Micky Baker in reply to Darin Bradley

So you're opinion is more valuable? So you want to take your ball and go home? Poor baby.

Micky Baker

I could see having him here if we lose to Texas 23-20 and lose to Duke 28 to 17, but Weis is the reason we're here. He had two full seasons to right the ship and he didn't get it done.

Darin Bradley in reply to Micky Baker

I would invite you to watch the replay of the game then tell me Cummings pocket presence is good.... I'll wait.

Darin Bradley in reply to Micky Baker

Sorry Coach Micky. You are all seeing all knowing. Your OPINION is about as good as our the current staff.

Micky Baker

There is no way Weis should still be head coach of this team. The problems are of his creation.

Micky Baker in reply to Dirk Medema

If he has results like Weis did, he doesn't deserve any more than two years.

Micky Baker in reply to Darin Bradley

And that was a situation in which you either get the ball out or you don't. You don't throw the ball away there. That was also larry's fault. Just doesn't have the footwork to keep up with the speed rusher.

Micky Baker in reply to Darin Bradley

He was in the pocket most of the day. I don't know what game you were watching, but not this one.

Dirk Medema

"It won't happen until a couple of years of recruiting for that O-line." but the next coach will be fired by then as well?

Darin Bradley in reply to Micky Baker

If you're only looking at that last play, then MAYBE. Over all game, I'll stand by my statement

Micky Baker in reply to Jonathan Briles

Reagan was dealt that hand. This is Weis' mess that we have to clean up. It won't happen until a couple of years of recruiting for that O-line.

Kooky

Good effort. Just not good/talented enough in the trenches.

Pepper_bar

Thanks for running the chat Benton, informative and entertaining as always. Also thanks to everyone for putting up with my mini-rant on the coaching instability... I'm hoping for something different with the next hire

Lonnie Ross Dillon in reply to Bryce Landon

Curious why you say that, because we lost with Charlie Weis' talent?

Micky Baker in reply to Bryce Landon

YOu can determine that after 3 games after the way this season started?

Jonathan Briles

We fire Reagan and all the sudden we have a team. His offensive line is terrible and his play calls are worse. We have a defense and we have skill players. We are short an offensive line and an offensive game plan. Give me Bowen as HC but a new OC. This team is soooooooo much better than its record.

Cody Riedy in reply to Darin Bradley

I think undertall QBs feel more pressured and tend to fade back instead of step up in the pocket because they lose their line of sight sooner.

FINAL
Kansas 21
TT 34

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Darin Bradley

KU does just enough to keep me watching... and walk away feeling pissed. Love my team for better or worse

Bryce Landon

Clint Bowen is not the answer for KU long-term.

Micky Baker in reply to Darin Bradley

Not really. He had no choice but to stand in there and try to find a guy. Situational.

Micky Baker

I'm really disappointed again. We lost because we step on our own feet just like last week.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

On 4th and 14 Cummings goes deep for King to no avail.

That'll do it.

Ian Ballinger

30 games

Darin Bradley

Cummings pocket presence while better than Cozart is really poor.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Cummings is sacked for 4 yard loss on 3rd and 10.

Micky Baker in reply to Bryce Landon

TTU would have scored 56 or more today if Weis was still here.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Cummings off the mark on look for Nigel King, lucky it didn't get picked off.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

KU has 2nd and 10 at its own 33. 1:23 left.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Cummings to Johnson again. Another 1st down, this time over the middle. Just 1:30 and counting left...

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Ben Johnson picks up a 1st down with 11 yard catch. then McCay grabs another sideline pass for 7 more...

Bryce Landon in reply to Dirk Medema

By removing the head coach that early in the season and still mathematically within reach of a bowl game, I feel like Zenger torpedoed the season.

02:05 left in Fourth Quarter
Kansas 21
TT 34

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Darin Bradley

Our decision making is high school "ish" at times.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

TT punter Symmank gets perfect bounce and the ball goes out inside the 1 yard line.

Pepper_bar

TD + onside kick + TD = W

Ian Ballinger

'like a fine european sports car'

Kerby Rice

Heeney looks eshausted out there right now. I can understand why

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

TT on 3rd and 4 gains just 3 yards with Washington. They're 5 of 15 on 3rd downs today.

Dirk Medema in reply to Bryce Landon

Too early for coaching change? Some said the same thing 2 years ago. Zenger has seen good football, and apparently wasn't seeing it so pulled the trigger. Guessing he gave CW an ultimatum at the end of last season leading to OC change, but meddling was the reason for the change. Seems reasonable for the change.

Micky Baker

Still, if we would have taken care of the INT we should have had and the TD we would have had in the first half, we'd be ahead right now.

Lawkan

haven't seen Boateng today either.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

KU just used its last timeout of the 2nd half.

Only 3:38 to play.

Jonathan Briles

I'm getting real sick of Washington getting more than he should. FINISH.

Darin Bradley

62 carries him forward for the 1st/. That's ballgame

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Washington somehow escaped Ben Heeney and picked up 4 yards for a 1st down.

Ian Ballinger

and the losing streak moves up to 30 games

Jonathan Briles

Thats the kind of effort our offensive line lacks.

Lawkan in reply to Darin Bradley

Semke, Bolton....

Darin Bradley

Another head scratching move

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

3rd and 3 coming for Tech...

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Michael Reynolds desperately holds on to Williams' foot, holding him to 5 yard gain.

Bryce Landon in reply to Pepper_bar

I was in favor of removing Weis, but not this early in the season and not until the end of the season if he didn't put together at least a 5-7 season.

Dirk Medema

I wonder if Heeney is getting tired of watching the rest of the defence do nothing?

Can I rec this?

Darin Bradley

Where's Stowers, Goodman., Reynolds?? Is Ben the only one that's gonna show up

Ian Ballinger in reply to Jhawki78

i wonder if Heeney is getting tired of watching the rest of the defence do nothing

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

On 1st down, 13 more yards for Washington. He's up to 149 yards.

Pepper_bar in reply to Cody Riedy

I would have understood firing Weis at 2-5, but not at 2-2.

Jhawki78

I wonder if the rest of the defense is getting tired of watching Heeney do it all?

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Victor Simmons and local boy Joe Dineen on the punt coverage, bring down TT returner Batson inside the 10.

Ian Ballinger

safety pls? high snap pls? fumble in the endzone and we pick it up pls? pick 6 pls? anything that results in is us getting the ball back right now pls?

Lawkan

Tech has given up at least 35 points in all but one game and that was still 26.

Cody Riedy in reply to Pepper_bar

As long as Zenger is genuinely interested in trying out Bowen, than firing Weis early gives you a chance for a test run, but if Zenger is really intending to hire someone else, than I don't see much advantage in firing Weis early. Can Bowen stay as a DC if he doesn't get the HC job?

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Cummings gets rid of the ball under pressure but could only get it to Mann for a 4 yard gain. KU brings out Pardula for a punt. With 6 minutes left, down 13.

Micky Baker

The refs are letting TTU hit KU players late after they're on the ground!

Ian Ballinger

shot ourselves in the foot

Jonathan Briles

BTW horrible play call on second and nothing any better on third.

Darin Bradley

Getting sick of Tech taking shots when our guys are tackled/

Jonathan Briles

Is Harwell sick? He gets open allllll day against better DB's than this and has done nothing today. Seems like an effort issue.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Quick throw to Mann in the right flat had no chance. TT read it easily and Mann loses 5 yards. 3rd and 15 coming...

Ian Ballinger

what the actual crap are we doing?

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