No. 20 Texas Tech roughs up Kansas, 54-16

Texas Tech shook off a slow start Saturday to rout Kansas 54-16 in Lawrence. The Red Raiders spotted Kansas the first 10 points of the game before ripping off 54 straight.

Texas Tech shook off a slow start Saturday to rout Kansas 54-16 in Lawrence.

The Red Raiders spotted Kansas the first 10 points of the game before ripping off 54 straight.

"Really no adjustments; I thought they settled in to find the guys, (the) O-line played good the whole day, early we obviously forced one interception and missed a couple easy ones,' Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said following the game. "They had a good plan too, they came out with some things locked down but I thought our defense did a good job of not panicking, continued to make routine plays and things just snowballed for us."

No. 20 Texas Tech moved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12 with the win. Kingsbury is the second coach in Texas Tech history to start his tenure 5-0 since Dell Morgan did it in 1941.

While the Red Raiders want to air it out, right now their identity is defense and special teams. The offense didn't get on track until going to the ground game in the second quarter.

Texas Tech, who entered the game averaging 111.5 rushing yards per game on 31 carries, set a season high for rushing attempts (41) for 115 yards (Tech lost a lot of yardage on a pair of errant snaps late). The Red Raiders scored four times on the ground with three different runners after rushing for five touchdowns in the first four games.

Kenny Williams led the way with 42 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.

Baker Mayfield started for the fifth time this season and after a shaky start, the walk-on freshman threw for 368 yards, one interception and rushed for 23 yards and a score before being helped off the field with an apparant knee injury late in the third quarter. His status moving forward was not immediately known following the game.

Davis Webb came in and threw for 36 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Michael Brewer saw his first action of the season in limited duty after missing the first four games due to injury.

Senior receiver Eric Ward turned in his best game of the season for Tech with seven receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown. Jace Amaro hauled in nine passes for 97 yards and Jakeem Grant added seven grabs for 91 yards.

"Sometimes it just takes a while to get started, because you're just waking up, you've got an early wake-up call," Ward said. "Just getting started is the hardest part, but when we get in our groove and get things going then we're on a roll."

The Red Raider defense continued its stellar play Saturday and continues to be the strength of the team. Texas Tech held Kansas (2-2, 0-1 in the Big 12 ) to just 273 total yards and forced four turnovers.

Senior defensive lineman Kerry Hyder and Co. supplied constant pressure as Tech's linebackers and defensive backs flew around the field making plays.

Texas Tech's special teams unit also turned in another strong performance with kicker Ryan Bustin finishing 4-for-5 to tie a school-record for most made field goals in a single game. The kick and punt coverage units were solid for the most past and punter Ryan Erxleben pinned Kansas inside the five twice.

Sadale Foster's 23-yard punt return in the second quarter helped spark the Red Raiders' big run.

Texas Tech's next game is against Iowa State 11 a.m. Oct. 12 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock.

The loss pushed Kansas' Big 12 losing streak to 22 games. The Jayhawks will travel to TCU next week.

"One thing we're going to do, we're going to have to critically evaluate everything that happened," Kansas coach Charlie Weis said. "From coaching and play calling on one end, to performance on the other end. Then we're going to have to go down to a nucleus of players that we believe will all give us the best chance at competing."

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