The Kansas Jayhawks capped off a crazy day of Big 12 action with a fitting final sequence. With every other underdog winning before they kicked off with Texas Tech, they fought down to the wire, pulling off a huge Homecoming victory.
The Red Raiders started off quickly. On the first offensive play of the game, Carter Stanley threw a deep pass that was intercepted by Douglas Coleman. Jett Duffey couldn’t sustain a drive, failing to score yet again off a turnover. Despite the early struggles, SaRodorick Thompson powered 3 straight scoring drives. Texas Tech led 17-0 with 8:20 left in the half.
At this point, The Jayhawks seemed to flip a switch on offense. Stanley and Stephon Robinson Jr. connected for their first long play of the game – a 53 yard pass that SHOULD have been a touchdown. Instead Stanley punched it in on the next play. The next drive, they connected on a 48-yard touchdown.
Texas Tech came out firing in the second half. They scored on a 4-play, 70-yard drive to go up by 10. After a quick 3-and-out, the Red Raiders methodically drove down the field. A field goal put them up by 13.
Kansas struck quickly again to tie the game. First was a 65-yard touchdown pass to Robinson. Then the next drive ended on a 70-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Parchment.
The quick strikes weren’t over, as Duffey completed a 48-yard touchdown pass to Dalton Rigdon.
With 9 minutes left on the clock, Kansas put together a 4-minute, 70-yard drive on 10 plays. This was capped by a 32-yard touchdown run by Velton Gardner, the longest run of the day for the Jayhawks.
Texas Tech wasn’t able to muster any offense on their next drive. A 2nd-and-1 turned into a 3-and-out, and Kansas got the ball back with the score tied and one last chance to take the lead. They drove down the length of the field, and with 13 seconds left, this happened:
The result leaves both teams at 3-5 overall and 1-4 in the conference. For Kansas, the win is the first step of a still possible, but highly improbably, push for a bowl game. For Texas Tech, this is a big blow to their own bowl hopes.
Kansas welcomes Kansas State to town Saturday, while Texas Tech has a bye to regroup.