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.
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).
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).
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).
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).