University of Kansas

Kansas-Texas Tech football preview

Updated: 2013-10-03T19:28:59Z

•  When/where: 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence

•  TV/radio: Fox Sports 1; KCSP (610 AM)

•  The series: Texas Tech leads 13-1

•  The line: Texas Tech by 17 1/2

KANSAS (2-1, 0-0 Big 12)

Date Opponent Result/time
Sept. 7South DakotaW, 31-14
Sept. 14at RiceL, 23-14
Sept. 21Louisiana TechW, 13-10
SaturdayTexas Tech11 a.m.
Oct. 12at TCU11 a.m.
Oct. 19OklahomaTBA
Oct. 26BaylorTBA
Nov. 2at Texas2:30 p.m.
Nov. 9at Oklahoma StateTBA
Nov. 16West VirginiaTBA
Nov. 23at Iowa StateTBA
Nov. 30Kansas StateTBA

TEXAS TECH (4-0, 1-0 Big 12)

Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 30at SMUW, 41-23
Sept. 7Stephen F. AustinW, 61-13
Sept. 12TCUW, 20-10
Sept. 21Texas StateW, 33-7
Saturdayat Kansas11 a.m.
Oct. 12Iowa State11 a.m.
Oct. 19at West VirginiaTBA
Oct. 26at OklahomaTBA
Nov. 2Oklahoma StateTBA
Nov. 9Kansas StateTBA
Nov. 16BaylorTBA
Nov. 28at Texas6:30 p.m.

What’s at stake

Two weeks ago, KU snapped a 22-game losing streak against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents with a 13-10 victory over Louisiana Tech. This week, the Jayhawks have their first chance to end a 21-game losing streak in the Big 12. Last year, KU lost a double-overtime thriller at Texas Tech. But the 20th-ranked Red Raiders have looked re-energized under first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury, a former Texas Tech quarterback.

Cheers if …

Kansas’ improved defense translates to the Big 12. The Jayhawks rank fourth in the conference in scoring defense (15.7 per game) and second in passing defense (178 yards per game). But those numbers came against South Dakota, Rice and Louisiana Tech. The competition is about to escalate.

Jeers if …

The KU passing offense continues to scuffle. QB Jake Heaps is completing just 54 percent of his passes. Whether it’s drops, play-calling or a combination, the Jayhawks must get more passing production to compete in the Big 12.

Three things about Texas Tech

1 Only one Texas Tech quarterback has started and lost against Kansas: It was current Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury, who was injured in KU’s 34-31 overtime win in Lubbock in 2001.

2 Texas Tech, which had a bye last week, is 7-6 coming off byes during the Big 12 era — and 3-5 on the road.

3 After forcing just 11 turnovers last season, the last year under former coach Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech has already has poached seven turnovers in four games.

Key matchup

Texas Tech QB Baker Mayfield vs. the KU defense: A walk-on true freshman, Mayfield looked like a stud in his first two games. But he threw four interceptions in his next two outings, getting benched in favor of Davis Webb in a victory over Texas State. Mayfield is back in the starting role, but if KU can pressure and confuse the young signal-caller, they may be able to slow Tech’s aerial offense.

KANSAS OFFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR1Rodriguez Coleman6-3195Jr.
LT77Aslam Sterling6-5315Sr.
LG63Ngalu Fusimalohi6-2310Jr.
C66Dylan Admire6-3280So.
RG65Mike Smithburg6-3300Jr.
RT72Zach Fondal6-5295Jr.
TE85Trent Smiley6-4245Jr.
WR3Tony Pierson5-10175Jr.
WR11Tre’ Parmalee5-10175 So.
QB9Jake Heaps6-1210Jr.
RB29James Sims6-0200Sr.
K28Matthew Wyman6-1200So.

KANSAS DEFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE90Kevin Young6-3287Sr.
NT98Keon Stowers6-3297Jr.
DE96Keba Agostinho6-2277Sr.
LB93Ben Goodman6-3245So.
LB31Ben Heeney6-0230Jr.
LB51Samson Faifili6-0245Jr.
NB27Victor Simmons6-1220Jr.
CB24JaCorey Shepherd5-11190Jr.
FS33Cassius Sendish6-0195Jr.
SS5Isaiah Johnson6-1210So.
CB12Dexter McDonald6-1200Jr.
P1Trevor Pardula6-5212Jr.

TEXAS TECH OFFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR11Jakeem Grant5-6160So.
LT62Le’Raven Clark6-5320So.
LG56Alfredo Morales6-3320So.
C75Jared Kaster6-3275So.
RG72Beau Carpenter6-6285Jr.
RT71Rashad Fortenberry6-5285Sr.
TE22Jace Amaro6-5260Jr.
WR4Bradley Marquez5-11200Jr.
WR18Eric Ward6-0205Sr.
QB6Baker Mayfield6-2220Jr.
RB34Kenny Williams5-9225Jr.
K48Ryan Bustin5-11180Jr.

TEXAS TECH DEFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE91Kerry Hyder6-2280Sr.
DT96Dennell Wesley6-1310Sr.
DT9Branden Jackson6-4240So.
LB10Pete Robertson6-3225So.
LB7Will Smith6-3220Sr.
LB13Sam Eguavoen6-1220Jr.
CB24Bruce Jones5-7180Sr.
FS5Tre’ Porter6-0205Sr.
SS3J.J. Gaines5-10180So.
NB1Terrance Bullitt6-3220Sr.
CB29Olaoluwa Falemi5-9160Sr.
P26Ryan Erxleben6-1190Sr.

Rustin Dodd’s pick: Texas Tech 30-17

Entering the season, this looked like a week for KU to end the ugly Big 12 streak. But Texas Tech is off and rolling under Kliff Kingsbury. KU will need its offense to awake from a season-long slumber to have a chance to pull off a rare Big 12 win.

| Rustin Dodd, rdodd@kcstar.com

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