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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

Jhawki78

How telegraphed was that.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Cummings looked for Harwell down the middle, Harwell adjusted to the throw but couldn't grab it with good coverage.

Pepper_bar in reply to Ian Ballinger

Fair enough. Hope KU pulls this game out!

Ian Ballinger in reply to Pepper_bar

agree to disagree

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Mann spins and drags his way to 10 yard run and a KU 1st down.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Nothing for Mundine to do except hold on to the ball and he picks up 0 yards on 1st down catch.

Pepper_bar in reply to Ian Ballinger

I give Weis to the end of this year, then evaluate him on the full year's body of work. Firing a coach after two seasons and a 2-2 start is just too high-risk, no matter how grumpy your big-money boosters are.

Ian Ballinger

why u no throw it deep?

Jonathan Briles in reply to Micky Baker

I completely agree. Perfect time for a play action pass. I am being a broken record, but I hate Reagan.

Darin Bradley

I have Powlus at the top of the "Needs Replaced" list but Reagan is steadily working his way up. No better than when he was on the sideline.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Kansas will start this drive at its own 23 yard line. Probably going to take some more Cummings deep looks to get down field in a hurry like KU needs to.

Bryce Landon

Listening to the game on KKSW-FM - KU sounds like they're playing somewhat harder and better than they did under Weis, but I'm still not sold on the idea of Clint Bowen being permanent head coach. So proud of Ben Heeney. Wish the offense would step their game up.

Jhawki78 in reply to Micky Baker

For once I agree with you!

Lawkan

need to tear out every page in the playbook that say option anywhere.

Micky Baker

It's 3rd and 2. There was no need to run the stretch option there. TTU was ready for that like they have all game. Play action that!

Dirk Medema in reply to Jonathan Briles

vs. fielding the punt in the air or fair catch?

Danr

Guy in my neighborhood has bring back mangino yard sign

Ian Ballinger in reply to Pepper_bar

So you're in Zengers shoes... you give Weis another year?

Jonathan Briles

Normally I would not like fielding on a bounce, but the freshman just saved us a lot of yards by not letting that roll inside the 10.

Jhawki78 in reply to Cody Riedy

Fing fully agree!

08:12 left in Fourth Quarter
Kansas 21
TT 34

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Cody Riedy

kind of a dumb play call; it's probably 2-down territory right? so maybe the place to be conservative and just try to earn the first running a straight dive or power.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Courtney Arnick with a solid open-field tackle to assure TT doesn't pick up a 1st down. Raiders punting...

Jonathan Briles

GREAT tackle in the open field.

Dirk Medema in reply to Ian Ballinger

don't really know if the call was good or not when the plays not completed.

Pepper_bar in reply to Ian Ballinger

Good memory!

Jhawki78 in reply to Darin Bradley

Yeah a fumble!

Jonathan Briles

I'm still on the Hire Bowen boat, but god damn i want a new Offensive Coordinator.

Kerby Rice

tech will get another td and make the game not look as close as it was

Ian Ballinger in reply to Pepper_bar

lol, still going on about that, eh?

Pepper_bar

Good news guys, Zenger just fired all the refs

Danr

Stupid play call anyway

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Cummings had the ball in Avery's gut. Looked like he might have changed his mind on the option read.

Ian Ballinger in reply to Darin Bradley

spoiler alert... he didn't

Ian Ballinger

ballgame?

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Football comes out on 3rd and 2 and Tech recovers it.

Danr

So much for that

Darin Bradley

Coming out of this timeout Reagan better have something good

Jonathan Briles in reply to Jhawki78

I understand it when it's PI or holding or something like that, but when it deals with kids safety they need to call it.

Kerby Rice

didnt see mundine out there before the timeout, get that cat back on the field

Jhawki78 in reply to Jonathan Briles

Refs want to see us give fb the death penalty at KU

Danr

Lol stadium Announcer sounds like an old codger from blazing saddles

Jhawki78 in reply to Jonathan Briles

Won't happen til your a contender!

10:00 left in Fourth Quarter
Kansas 21
TT 34

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Micky Baker

Why wasn't that a targeting penalty?

Jonathan Briles

Targeting much? When do we get a call?

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Avery took a serious hit on that tackle, helmet to helmet. Picked up 8 yards. No flag.

Ian Ballinger

fer git it, replay showed me the truth

Ian Ballinger

Where the heck is the flag?

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

3rd and 5 and Cummings makes a perfect throw into traffic for 12 yards, hits Mundine (6 catches).

Jhawki78

Nice pass!

Ian Ballinger

Mundine = beast

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Jhawki78

No, I absolutely agree with you. He has just absorbed some pretty tough hits.

Jhawki78 in reply to Benton Smith

At least he has some instinct and decision making. Would not get killed if we knew the fundamentals of blocking

Danr in reply to Jonathan Briles

True

Jonathan Briles in reply to Danr

I hope so, but PA does not really work when you're at 3rd and long.

10:58 left in Fourth Quarter
Kansas 21
TT 34

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Danr

I assume Reagan is setting up a bomb with that weak junk up the middle

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Jhawki78

As long as Cummings doesn't keep taking too many brutal hits....

Ian Ballinger

well that'll kill us later

Jonathan Briles

HUGE waste.

Jonathan Briles

Can Reagan please use at least a little imagination when making calls?

Jhawki78 in reply to Benton Smith

That play is why Cozart will never QB again

Jhawki78

Cummings a stud today

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Great decision/run from Cummings. Steps up in the pocket, takes off immediately when he sees a lane. Goes 18 yards.

Jonathan Briles in reply to Darin Bradley

I'm not saying keep them to the end, but if we find outselves down by a possession with only a few minutes left and TTU with the ball we will be happy to have them.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Cummings has nowhere to run as pocket collapses. He loses 4 yards on opening play.

Danr

Wut

Darin Bradley in reply to Jonathan Briles

Yeah the do us a lot of good in the locker room after a loss

Jhawki78

Can the offense answer?

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Dirk Medema

Wouldn't have guessed that before the game, even though TT has been balanced this season.

Darin Bradley

I wonder what our coaches are seeing sometimes. We had momentum and let it go in a matter of seconds. Call a damn timeout already!!

Micky Baker

They do have an advantage, in that they have a QB who has been there and they had their full playbook. Weis really did damage to KU.

Dirk Medema in reply to Dirk Medema

yds

Dirk Medema

TT = 6.8 yds / carry is the game. 190 yes

Jonathan Briles in reply to Darin Bradley

We have to save those TO's.

Kooky

What happened to the defense today?

Darin Bradley

Off balance on defense that whole series. But do we EVER call a timeout to settle down? NOOOOOOOO!!!

13:21 left in Fourth Quarter
Kansas 21
TT 34

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Stockton 21 run

Oklahomajayhawk

lol....fire Bowen? You sound like my brother who yells fire Stoops after OU loses their first game of the season every year.

Jhawki78

Couldn't last forever. Heeney is only 1 man

Lawkan

wanted to be first

Dirk Medema in reply to Micky Baker

Sarcasm?

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Stockton runs 21 yards right up the middle for another TT TD. Red Raiders up 34-21 with 13:21 left.

Pepper_bar in reply to Lawkan

LOL

Ian Ballinger in reply to Micky Baker

he's joking

Jonathan Briles

That was pathetic.

Micky Baker in reply to Lawkan

Why?

Lawkan

Fire Bowen

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

KU has had real issues with containing Washington. 139 yards on 16 carries.

Jonathan Briles

I can't believe our defense is the one letting us down.

Rick McGowwan

Ummm, did we switch to the prevent?

Ian Ballinger in reply to Jonathan Briles

the kind where you stand and watch

Jonathan Briles

What kind of coverage was McDonald using?

Oklahomajayhawk

Cummings has done a great job! I am glad that he has had this chance.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Washington, averaging 8.6 YPC, goes 18 yards for a TT 1st down.

Micky Baker

These passes that Cummings are making wouldn't even be tried by Cozart. Cummings is putting it where our guys can go up and get it. Man if Cummings had been the starter from game one!

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

KU's offense went 81 yards in 7 plays, 2:36 on that last scoring drive.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Sebastian Sanchez

2 TDs. 1 INT.

Kerby Rice in reply to Kyle Sybesma

ballin

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