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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


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).


Micky Baker 8 years, 1 month ago

RXDOC, there is no inference you can make unless you have your blinders on. You can't pretend you know anything. You have opinions and I have opinions. The difference is, I've never once stated anywhere on these boards anything about hiring Bowen. You can't make an inference unless you have biases.

Bryce Landon 8 years, 1 month ago

It's too bad the KU defense doesn't have a Nick Reid-like player. I remember in 2005, when KU lost back-to-back games to KSU and OU and scored only one FG apiece, Reid said he wanted to bust some players from the offense in the face. Does anyone on this season's defense feel that way when they bust their @$$ week after freaking week and the offense doesn't do their part?

Meanwhile, I'll say what I said earlier in the week: Zenger needs to try to lure MSU coach Dan Mullen up here to Lawrence. Do what it takes, Zenger. Dan Mullen would be perfect for the Jayhawks.

Al Martin 8 years, 1 month ago

Yes, this is realistic. We need to hire the head coach of the number one team in the country. While we're at it, we should hire Mike Leach as offensive coordinator, and David Shaw as defensive coordinator. :-)

kellerman411 8 years, 1 month ago

TTU compiles over 500 yards of offense and you blame it all on the offense. That is a strange way to view things. 21 points on the road is enough to give your team a chance. Of course we want to score more but 21 isn't bad. I'll admit the back to back 3 and outs leave our defense in a hole but again, TTU had over 500 yards..

Micky Baker 8 years, 1 month ago

There are a couple of valid points. One the INT that McDonald drops. The catch that King drops in the first quarter. 14 point swing, KU wins. And those weren't the only two. The shanked punt probably results in KU holding TTU out of the end zone. We missed a field goal that we should have made as well. These are things that we had control of and if we would have taken care of those things KU would have won just like if we didn't shank the punt against Oklahoma State and if Harwell had caught the ball in the end zone if he was wide open. The yards don't matter in the outcome of the game. The score does.

We outgained Oklahoma State by more than 100 yards and lost that game. We would have still won that game with that kick-off return for a TD if we had taken care of the things we can control.

Marc Anthony 8 years, 1 month ago

"...14 point swing, KU wins."

That's not how it goes. Those moments only change the event up to that point. If they happen at the end of the event, you could arguably state that. TTU responded to KU's scores too well too often for those moments to impact the outcome of the event.


Micky Baker 8 years, 1 month ago

No, not really. Because TTU only scored 27 points otherwise. That's how the rest of the game went. We would have won if we didn't drop the INT and if King didn't drop the pass. The rest of the game went the way it went. Sure, it is possible that TTU get's another TD, but they wouldn't have a scored a TD on that drive. If King would have caught it, he would have scored the TD. It's not really that hard to figure this out. Then if we didn't shank the punt and give them the ball inside our own 50, they may have not scored or only scored a FG there.

Marc Anthony 8 years, 1 month ago

I grasp what you are saying, but it is wishful thinking, fantasy. You are re-constructing an event back in time and cherry-picking which moments (of the event) are to be played. If King catches the ball, how does TTU respond? Do they respond the same way as if he didn't? Of course not. For one, KU has to kick-off to TTU. Different timeline to go down than say a punt. Is there urgency on TTU's part to get a touchdown and stay within the game or keep the game under their control? Of course there is. TTU is sparked/spurred by the scoring, as they showed. It is a different feeling than the sigh of relief that he [King] dropped a TD pass.

It is one thing to have a fantasy about the outcome of an event, quite another to cherry-pick data points along a timeline whose outcome is determined by each data point in the timeline influencing the succeeding data point to draw a conclusion.


Steve Jacob 8 years, 1 month ago

I see improvement, but the schedule is working against KU now. Could be four blowouts and hope to beat ISU.

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