News, notes and quotes on Kansas’ matchup with Texas Tech on Saturday at 11 a.m. in Memorial Stadium on Fox Sports 1. KU (0-5, 0-2 Big 12) looks to notch its first victory of the season while the Red Raiders (4-2, 1-2) hope to build off last Saturday’s 66-31 home blowout over Iowa State.
Texas Tech holds a commanding 15-1 lead in the all-time series with Kansas. The Jayhawks’ only win came in Lubbock, Texas, on Oct. 5, 2001 (34-31 OT).
BY THE NUMBERS
Tech has an explosive offensive attack and is coming off a school record 776 yards of total offense against Iowa State, including 515 passing and 261 rushing. Tech is averaging 52.7 points per game (No. 2 nationally), compared to just 19.0 ppg for KU. The Red Raiders are also No. 2 in the nation in total offense with 631.7 ypg with Kansas recording just 358.4 ypg.
Wait, there’s more. Tech boasts the nation’s top aerial attack, averaging 439.0 ypg, compared to 228.4 ypg for KU. The Red Raiders have amassed 174 first downs with Kansas only 99. The Red Raiders are averaging 192.7 rushing yards per game, while KU has 130 ypg. Tech has seven interceptions, compared to four for KU, while the Red Raiders have scored 43 touchdowns with Kansas only 12. The Jayhawks lead Tech in sacks, though (7 to 4).
Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes completes 65 percent of his passes (167-of-257) and has thrown for 2,264 yards and 19 touchdowns. Mahomes leads the Big 12 and ranks third in the nation with 377.3 yards per game, 26.8 more than Heisman candidate Trevone Boykin of TCU.
KU coach David Beaty has great respect for Mahomes.
“He can extend plays like you wouldn't believe,” Beaty said. “Where Seth Russell (Baylor QB) sat in there and just threw it, this guy can get out of the pocket a lot. Man, I'm sure you guys saw some of the plays. He had a couple of scramble throws he threw against Baylor (on Oct. 3) that were like, oh, my goodness, how did he do that? He reminds me a little bit of Johnny (Manziel, former Heisman Trophy winner at Texas A&M) in regard to the escapability that he has for sure.”
YOUNG RECEIVING GUNS
KU has some talented freshman receivers making plays this season. They’ve caught 31 passes for 322 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt freshman Tyler Patrick and true freshmen Steven Sims Jr., Jeremiah Booker and Emmanuel Moore have accounted for 30 percent of the receiving offense through five games.
FISH LEADING KU’S SECONDARY
Junior safety Fish Smithson is averaging 9.0 tackles per game, which ranks second among Big 12 defensive backs. He has 34 solo stops and a season-high 45 total tackles. His 6.8 solo stops per game rank fifth in the nation and first in the Big 12.