The Kansas Jayhawks went in to Lubbock looking for respect Thursday night, and midway through the third quarter they definitely had the Red Raiders attention,
Kansas, for their part, was the picture of ineptitude on offense in the first half, and found themselves in a quick 14-0 hole. However, the defense rallied. They hit hard all night and, after dropping Mahomes in the end zone to put the Jayhawks on the board, were able to disrupt the Red Raider offensive machine enough to let the Jayhawks hang around.
Kansas Quarterbacks Montell Cozart and Ryan Willis each saw action, but both struggled to establish anything resembling a drive. Willis finally got something going on the Jayhawks sixth series of the first half, hitting Chase Harrell for an 18-yard touchdown. Willis finished the night 14 of 26 for 142 yards.
But the couldn’t keep Tech out of the endzone forever. Two more touchdown passes from Mahomes to Devin Lauderdale and Derrick Willies gave the Red Raiders a 28-9 halftime lead, and it looked like that once again, the Jayhawks were in trouble.
However, Kansas refused to quit, and came out of the break and scored on successive drives. The first, a Cozart to Steven Sims Jr touchdown pass, and the second, a Matthew Wyman 35 yard field goal. All of a sudden it was 28-19 and the thought of Kansas’ first conference victory in almost two years seemed a possibility.
On the ensuing drive Mahomes went down with what appears to be a shoulder injury after a 32 yard run, and suddenly real doubt crept in Red Raider fans’ heads. How would the Tech offense handle the loss of their Heisman hopeful leader?
Enter Nic Shimonek.
Shimonek promptly finished the 75 yard drive with a 4 yard touchdown pass to Dylan Cantrell to make the score 34-28, and a huge sigh was heard across the West Texas plains. Shimonek would throw touchdown passes on 3 of his next 4 drives and finish 15 of 21 for 271 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. Mahomes, prior to his injury, also had a productive night finishing 27 of 34 for 277 yards, 4 touchdowns and one interception.
Mahomes’ status for next week is unknown at this time.
The final score does not indicate the effort the Kansas defense gave for most of the game before finally wearing down in the fourth quarter. It limited Tech to only 73 yards rushing on 24 carries with Mahomes’ 32 yard run, on which he was injured, accounting for the majority of it. They were constantly in the Tech backfield harassing Mahomes, sacking him 3 times, and stopping runs behind the line of scrimmage. It simply could not maintain the pace after so many short possessions by the Kansas offense had them quickly back on the field. Although there are no moral victories, head coach David Beatty can point to the effort as evidence they are heading in the right direction.
Both teams now have extra rest before heading into their next games a week from Saturday. Texas Tech (3-1, 1-0) will head to Manhattan, Kansas to play Kansas State, while Kansas (1-3, 0-1) will host TCU in Lawrence.
|3rd Down Eff.||6-18||4-10|
|4th Down Eff.||0-0||0-2|
|Yards Per Pass||5.2||10.0|
|Yards Per Rush||1.6||3.0|
|Time of Poss||27:12||32:48|
Emptying The Notebook
Texas Tech extended its all time record with Kansas to 17-1
Kansas has now gone 40 games without winning away from Lawrence. Their next road game is Oct. 15 in Waco against Baylor.
Kansas starting QB Dontell Cozart finished 9-20 for 97 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Ryan Willis saw most of the second half snaps leaving questions on who may start next week at home against TCU.
Texas Tech has now scored 50+ points in nine straight home games.
Mahomes’ injury looked bad.
— FMX (@fmxrocks) September 30, 2016
Texas Tech’s helmet game was strong!
— Texas Tech Football (@TexasTechFB) September 29, 2016