Kansas came out in the second half and played much better scoring 14 points in the 3rd quarter and were within 10 points of the Red Raiders with 14:45 left to go in the 4th. They would get no closer as Tech's defense stepped it up a notch and shut down the Jayhawk offense for the rest of the game.
Cody Hodges had another productive outing, going 34-52 for 333 yards and one touchdown. Hodges had to use his mobility quite a bit more this game then he had in the past with the line not giving him near as much time to make his reads. Cody was able to get away from the pressure many times and even had a 5 yard touchdown run, but he was also sacked 4 times.
Hodges' favorite target was none other then pre-season all-american candidate Jarrett Hicks, who caught 9 passes for 112 yards and a score.
The most impressive part of this game for the Red Raiders was the play of the defense. Although they did give up 17 points, that is not a good indicator of how well they played. They were put in numerous tough spots by the offense and held strong on many occasions keeping the Jayhawk offense off the board for the entire first half.
Dwayne Slay was all over the field once again as he had 3 or 4 big hits on the night. He is starting to show that he is the vocal leader on the field that this team needs and Coach Leach is starting to realize this. At one point in the second half, the refs made a bad call on one of the plays and the entire defense seemed to be frustrated. Coach Leach grabbed Slay and told him to make sure everyone stays fired up, which Slay promptly went out and started motioning the fans and players to get loud and rowdy. The mood on the field and in the stands changed instantly and we were back to playing football instead of worrying about a bad call.
Overall it was a pretty good showing by the Red Raiders, but there is plenty of work still left to do this week to improve. Coach Leach said he was proud of the way our defense played and thinks although our offense was never able to get into rhythm, they did alright considering this will be one of the toughest defenses they will face all year.