University of Kansas

Kansas-Texas Tech college football preview

When/where: 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas.

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

The series: Texas Tech leads 14-1

The line: Texas Tech by 14

KANSAS (2-4, 0-3 Big 12)

Date

Opponent

Result/time

Sept. 6

Southeast Missouri St.

W, 34-28

Sept. 13

at Duke

L, 41-3

Sept. 20

Central Michigan

W, 24-10

Sept. 27

Texas

L, 23-0

Oct. 4

at West Virginia

L, 33-14

Oct. 11

Oklahoma State

L, 27-20

Oct. 18

at Texas Tech

2:30 p.m.

Nov. 1

at Baylor

TBA

Nov. 8

Iowa State

TBA

Nov. 15

TCU

TBA

Nov. 22

at Oklahoma

TBA

Nov. 29

at Kansas State

TBA

TEXAS TECH (2-4, 0-3 Big 12)

Date

Opponent

Result/time

Aug. 30

Central Arkansas

W, 42-35

Sept. 6

at UTEP

W, 30-26

Sept. 13

Arkansas

L, 49-28

Sept. 25

at Oklahoma State

L, 45-35

Oct. 4

at Kansas State

L, 45-13

Oct. 11

West Virginia

L, 37-34

Oct. 18

Kansas

2:30 p.m.

Oct. 25

at TCU

TBA

Nov. 1

Texas

TBA

Nov. 15

Oklahoma

TBA

Nov. 22

at Iowa State

TBA

Nov. 29

Baylor

TBA

What’s at stake

After three straight Big 12 losses, Kansas has its best opportunity for a conference victory thus far. Texas Tech has lost four straight and ranks last in the Big 12 in scoring defense, surrendering 39.5 points per game. The Jayhawks, though, have lost 26 straight games on the road, a seemingly endless streak that stretches back to September 2009. Could this be the week the streak stops? The Jayhawks are coming off their best overall performance of the season, a 27-20 loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday in Lawrence.

Cheers if ...

Junior quarterback Michael Cummings continues to catalyze the Kansas passing game. Cummings, a native of Killeen, Texas, threw for 288 yards last week against Oklahoma State, his first start of the season. His efficiency numbers were still a little messy. He completed just 54 percent of his passes, though the number was dragged down by some drops.

Jeers if ...

The Jayhawks don’t rise to the moment in a winnable game. It’s happened too often over the last two-plus years: Kansas will face a middling opponent, and wind up on the wrong side of a blowout. It has happened the last two years against Iowa State. KU can’t let that happen on Saturday.

Three things about Texas Tech

1 In head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s second season in Lubbock, the Red Raiders are off to their first 0-3 start in conference play since 1990. The skid includes a 45-13 loss to K-State and a last-second loss to West Virginia in which they coughed up a 14-point lead.

2 The Texas Tech defense has been much maligned this season. The Red Raiders rank last in the Big 12 in total defense (485.2 yards per game) and last in the conference in rushing defense (257.5 yards per game).

3 Kansas has not defeated Texas Tech since notching an overtime victory on Oct. 6, 2001, in Lubbock. The Red Raiders throttled the Jayhawks 54-16 last season in Lawrence. KU is 1-10 against Texas Tech since the formation of the Big 12.

Key matchup

KU rushing attack vs. the Texas Tech defense. The Jayhawks had a quiet day on the ground against Oklahoma State, rushing for just 91 yards on 41 carries. Offensive coordinator John Reagan says KU must do a better job of finishing off their blocks. Expect senior speedster Tony Pierson to get some more carries in the running game.

TEAM OFFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

WR

9

Nigel King

6-3

210

Jr.

LT

61

Pat Lewandowski

6-5

290

Sr.

LG

63

Ngalu Fusimalohi

6-2

310

Sr.

C

77

Joe Gibson

6-3

295

Fr.

RG

65

Mike Smithburg

6-3

305

Sr.

RT

78

Larry Mazyck

6-8

360

Jr.

TE

41

Jimmay Mundine

6-2

240

Sr.

RB

23

De’Andre Mann

5-9

198

Jr.

QB

14

Michael Cummings

5-10

210

Jr.

WR

8

Nick Harwell

6-1

193

Sr.

WR

3

Tony Pierson

5-10

175

Sr.

K

17

Matthew Wyman

6-1

200

So.

TEAM DEFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

NT

99

Tedarian Johnson

6-2

290

Sr.

DT

98

Keon Stowers

6-3

297

Sr.

DE

93

Ben Goodman

6-3

250

Jr.

LB

55

Michael Reynolds

6-1

240

Sr.

LB

31

Ben Heeney

6-2

230

Sr.

LB

57

Jake Love

6-0

220

Jr.

NB

30

Tevin Shaw

5-11

192

So.

CB

24

JaCorey Shepherd

5-11

195

Sr.

SS

5

Isaiah Johnson

6-1

210

Jr.

FS

33

Cassius Sendish

6-0

195

Sr.

CB

12

Dexter McDonald

6-1

205

Sr.

P

16

Trevor Pardula

6-5

212

Sr.

TEAM OFFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

WR

3

D.J. Polite-Bray

5-11

183

So.

WR

11

Jakeem Grant

5-6

169

Jr.

LT

62

Le’Raven Clark

6-6

313

Jr.

LG

56

Alfredo Morales

6-4

308

Jr.

C

75

Jared Kaster

6-3

285

Jr.

RG

65

Baylen Brown

6-4

293

So.

RT

71

Reshod Fortenberry

6-5

286

Sr.

WR

4

Bradley Marquez

6-0

203

Sr.

WR

2

Reginald Davis

6-0

192

So.

QB

7

Davis Webb

6-5

209

So.

RB

21

DeAndre Washington

5-8

201

Jr.

K

48

Ryan Bustin

5-11

179

Sr.

TEAM DEFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

DE

9

Branden Jackson

6-4

270

Jr.

NT

43

Jackson Richards

6-4

268

Sr.

DT

51

Demetrius Alston

6-3

267

Jr.

LB

10

Pete Robertson

6-3

236

Jr.

LB

52

V.J. Fehoko

5-11

220

Sr.

LB

13

Sam Eguavoen

6-1

225

Sr.

LB

34

Kenny Williams

5-9

228

Sr.

CB

31

Justis Nelson

6-2

177

So.

FS

15

Keenon Ward

5-9

195

So.

SS

3

J.J. Gaines

6-0

185

Jr.

CB

20

Tevin Madison

5-10

160

Fr.

P

42

Taylor Symmank

6-2

192

Jr.

Rustin Dodd’s pick: Kansas 28-24

If Kansas doesn’t win this week, the road losing streak will likely last through the year. After this week, the Jayhawks still have trips to Baylor, Oklahoma and K-State remaining. Texas Tech will be motivated after four straight losses. But if Kansas can’t win this week, it will be tough to find any victories on the remaining schedule.

To reach Rustin Dodd, call 816-234-4937 or send email to rdodd@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @rustindodd.

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