The Texas Tech Red Raiders brought the firearm, and used a 42-0 advantage in the second and third quarters to coast to a 63-21 victory over the knife-wielding Kansas Jayhawks Saturday afternoon.
“We just didn’t play well,” said Kansas
Coach Mark Mangino. “They’re a very good football
team and we didn’t match up with them like we would have
The Jayhawks lost serve early on. After holding Kansas to a
three-and-out on its first possession, Texas Tech struck quickly, with
Graham Harrell finding Edward Britton over the top for a 55-yard
touchdown less than three minutes into the ballgame. Kansas came back
with a long pass of its own, tying the score at seven when Todd Reesing
hit a wide-open Kerry Meier from 33 yards out.
Tech regained the lead eight plays later when, on a third and goal from
the four, Harrell connected with Crabtree on a slant route.
That’s when the Red Raiders broke out, scoring the next seven
touchdowns. Texas Tech regained the lead on a seven-yard pass from
Harrell to Morris, then held Kansas to a three-and-out. The Red Raiders
then traveled 66 yards on 12 plays and scored a touchdown on a
three-yard Shannon Woods run. It got even worse after defensive end
Brandon Williams sacked Reesing, forcing a fumble that was recovered by
defensive end McKinner Dixon. Tech upped the lead to 35-14 just five
plays later on a second Harrell to Morris touchdown, this one from 10
At one point, Rich Bailey, the press box announcer, forgot his
microphone was on and said “wide open,” as Texas
Tech completed another pass. In all, Kansas only stopped Texas Tech
once in the first half – when the Red Raiders ran out the
clock at the end of the half.
It didn’t get any better in the second half. Aided by two
third quarter Reesing interceptions, Texas Tech scored three more times
in the period, upping the lead to 56-14. The Raiders picked off a third
Reesing pass in the stanza, but failed to capitalize when Donnie Carona
missed a 43-yard field goal.
“I think the tech defense made some plays,” Mangino
said. “They had some safeties that did a good job of getting
under some routes. Todd probably made a couple decisions that he
shouldn’t have, but he doesn’t do that very often
so it’s hard to find fault with him.”
The teams traded touchdowns in the fourth quarter, with Texas Tech
scoring on a 10-yard pass to Adam James and Kansas scoring on a
one-yard Jocques Crawford run.
Harrell passed for 386 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed for a
score. Texas Tech spread the ball around efficiently – eight
different receivers had at least two catches, while six players had at
least 30 yards receiving. Crabtree, who hauled in nine passes for 70
yards, led the team in catches while Britton led the team in yards with
106. Shannon Woods finished with 79 yards and two touchdowns on the
ground, while Baron Batch had 117 total yards. Overall, the Red Raiders
put up 556 yards of total offense.
“We weren’t concentrating on what they were trying
to do, we were focused on executing and moving the ball,”
Harrell said. “That’s what we did. We went out
there and executed well. When we play like that. We’re tough
to beat. When our line protects, we’re tough to
Reesing started the game 9-10 for 98 yards and two touchdowns in the
first quarter, but was just 7-16 for 56 yards and three interceptions
afterward. Kansas running backs Jake Sharp, Jocques Crawford and Angus Quigley combined for 150 yards on the ground, and averaged more than
5.5 yards per carry. Briscoe had eight catches for 55 yards and a
touchdown, while Meier added six catches for 70 yards and a score. As a
team, Kansas has 154 yards in the first quarter, and didn’t
top the 300 yard mark until late in the fourth quarter.
“Here’s the reality of it: we got a good old
fashioned butt-whooping today, and we know that,” Mangino
said. “It happens to everybody from time-to-time in college
football. You just get a day where the snowball starts rolling
downhill, and it gets bigger and bigger and before you know it, you
have no chance to stop it and it runs you over. That’s what
happened to us today.”
Kansas will play again at home next Saturday, this time against Kansas State.
“In our locker room, there is no panic or feeling
bad,” Mangino said. “Nobody’s taking that
route. We don’t do that here. This program has had to fight
through losses before and tough times before and we will continue to do
that. There is no doubt in my mind our team will be ready to play next
week. I’m not concerned about that.”
News and notes
• Tight end Tim Biere, free
safety Phillip Strozier and cornerback Corrigan Powell all earned their
first starts in Saturday’s game.
• Kansas tried several tactics
to keep up with Texas Tech’s spread attack. Daymond Patterson
saw his debut performance at cornerback, while safety Justin Thornton
started at cornerback and played man against Crabtree for much of the
game. At the end of the game, Justin Springer saw time at defensive
end, where he had two tackles, including one for loss. Usual cornerback
starter Kendrick Harper didn’t really see any time until late
in the game.
• The loss marks the first
Kansas loss in Memorial Stadium since losing to Oklahoma State in
October 2006. Kansas had won 13 straight at home.
Texas Tech – Edward Britton 55 pass from Graham Harrell (Matt Williams kick), 12:46 1Q
Kansas – Kerry Meier 33 pass from Todd Reesing (Jacob Branstetter kick), 8:58 1Q
TT – Michael Crabtree 4 pass from Harrell (Williams kick),
KU – Dezmon Briscoe 10 pass from Todd Reesing (Branstetter
kick), 1:09 1Q
TT – Eric Morris 7 pass from Harrell (Williams kick), 12:58 2Q
TT – Shannon Woods 3 run (Williams kick), 5:55 2Q
TT – Morris 10 pass from Harrell (Williams kick), 2:15 2Q
TT – Harrell 1 run (Williams kick), 8:23 3Q
TT – Crabtree 16 pass from Harrell (Williams kick), 5:05 3Q
TT – Woods 2 run (Williams kick), 2:42 3Q
TT – Adam James 10 pass from Taylor Potts (Williams kick),
KU – Jocques Crawford 1 run (Branstetter kick), 3:52 4Q
Kansas Routed by Tech, 63-21
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