The football series between Texas Tech and Kansas has been, as one might suspect, lopsided in the extreme. The Red Raiders have won 15 times against the Jayhawks with only one loss, which came by a 34-31 count in Lubbock during the 2001 season.
Tech’s quarterback in that double-overtime loss was none other than current head coach Kliff Kingsbury. He was sidelined in the second half with an injury, and the Red Raider offense went stagnant, allowing the visitors to come back from an 11-point deficit to claim the victory. A running back by the name of Reggie Duncan rushed for 227 yards in the winning effort.
Oddly enough, the two schools did not play one another over the course of the first 40 seasons of Tech football, despite the schools being only 650 miles apart. The first meeting occurred in 1965. The season-opener was actually called in the second half because of tornadoes in Lubbock County. The Donny Anderson-powered Red Raiders, leading 26-7 at the time, were declared the winners.
Tech went on to win the next six meetings against Kansas, including a 23-0 shutout in 1970 which still stands as the lowest combined point total in series history.
Following the loss in 2001, the Red Raiders have now reeled off eight straight wins, which of course is the longest win streak in the series. Embedded in the streak is Tech’s 63-21 win over a top-20 KU squad on the road, which established the benchmark—still standing—for largest margin of victory. The combined 84 points are also tied for most in series history with Tech’s 45-39 win in 2000.
The series’ lopsidedness is also borne out in the average score, which is Texas Tech 36 Kansas 20. However, the series has had its share of white-knucklers over the past several years. Hence, four out of the last nine games have been decided by a touchdown or less.
One statistical oddity in the series is that Kansas has scored identical point totals consecutively three times—tallying seven points in 1965 and 1966, 21 points in 2008 and 2009, and 34 points in 2011 and 2012. If the Jayhawks score 21 against Tech this weekend in Lawrence, they will have turned the trick a fourth time (Tech won 34-21 in 2014).
Kansas enters this week’s game carrying a winless 0-5 mark. If, as seems entirely possible, the Jayhawks go 0-fer in 2015 it will be only the second such ignominious feat in school history. Only the 1954 Jayhawks, which went 0-10, bear the mark of dishonor. And considering that Kansas has played football since 1890, the distinction is an amazing one. You can bet the current Jayhawks want no part of joining that dismal club of one.