University of Kansas

KU-Texas Tech game report

Updated: 2013-10-05T22:19:21Z

First quarter

Key play: KU quarterback Jake Heaps hit Tony Pierson for 25 yards on third and 12, setting up a 25-yard TD pass to Jimmay Mundine.

Key stat: KU scored in the first quarter for the first time this year.

Second quarter

Key play: On fourth and 13 from KU’s 16, punter Trevor Pardula took off running on a fake punt. He failed to make it, and Texas Tech took a 17-10 lead moments later.

Key stat: KU had seven penalties for 52 yards.

Third quarter

Key play: Texas Tech’s J.J. Gaines picked off KU quarterback Jake Heaps on the first play of the second half, and the Red Raiders pushed the lead to 27-10 on the next play.

Key stat: After the first quarter, Texas Tech outscored KU 54-0, a stretch that included all of the third quarter.

Fourth quarter

Key play: Texas Tech back-up quarterback Davis Webb replaced injured starter Baker Mayfield to start the fourth quarter and tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass on his second play.

Key stat: KU has averaged 19.4 points in its last five Big 12 losses.

Player of the game: The group of eight or so shirtless KU students who stayed in the front row of Memorial Stadium throughout Saturday’s contest.

Reason to hope: Well … Texas Tech is an unbeaten, top-20 team. There will be more beatable opponents on the Big 12 schedule — but not many.

Reason to mope: After four games, this KU team doesn't appear to be markedly better than last season, which included a winless conference record. If KU loses out, it'll break Baylor's record of 29 straight Big 12 losses.

Looking ahead: KU heads back on the road this Saturday to face TCU, its first trip to Fort Worth since the Horned Frogs joined the Big 12.

Report card

D OffenseCharlie Weis mixed up the offensive packages early, using an five-receiver look and an option package. It worked for a drive or two, but posting 278 total yards isn’t going to win many (if any) Big 12 games.
D+ DefenseAfter a solid first quarter, the defense looked like a broken unit. Linebacker Ben Heeney was brilliant in the first half, but couldn’t sustain his play under the onslaught of Texas Tech’s 100 offensive plays.
D Special teamsTrevor Pardula and Matthew Wyman were adequate in the kicking game. But Pardula’s fake punt attempt will perplex KU fans for years.
D- CoachingThe fake punt debacle aside, KU wasn’t competitive against another Big 12 team. In its last five Big 12 games, dating back to last year, KU has been outscored 246-97.

| Rustin Dodd,

Deal Saver Subscribe today!


The Kansas City Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Kansas City Star uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here