Key play: Moments before Texas Tech went ahead 10-0, KU cornerback Dexter McDonald dropped a potential interception along the sideline. A few plays later, Texas Tech’s Davis Webb threw his first touchdown pass to Reginald Davis.
Key stat: KU had 100 total yards and zero points.
Key play: Webb hit Brad Marquez for an 8-yard touchdown, stretching the Red Raiders’ lead to 17-0 with 6:57 left in the first half.
Key stat: There were 31 seconds left when Kansas finally scored its first TD.
Key play: After Kansas cut the lead to 27-21 midway through the third quarter, Webb hit Ian Sadler for a 36-yard gain, setting up another Texas Tech touchdown.
Key stat: Webb competed 25 of 40 passes through three quarters.
Key play: After KU trimmed the lead to six points again, Texas Tech answered with a 21-yard TD run by Justin Stockton.
Key stat: KU has lost 27 straight on the road.
Player of the game: KU linebacker Ben Heeney. It came in a losing effort, but Heeney was a monster on Saturday. He finished with a career-high 21 tackles, the most since Marcus Rogers made 22 tackles in 2001. Heeney was just four stops shy of the KU single-game record. He also had an interception in the first half.
Reason to hope: In his second start of the season, junior quarterback Michael Cummings looked adequate. He finished 20 of 32 passing for 235 yards and two touchdowns.
Reason to mope: The schedule. Kansas still has to travel to Baylor, Oklahoma and K-State. They will also face a ranked TCU squad at home.
Looking ahead: KU has a bye this week before heading out on the road to face Baylor on Nov. 1 in Waco, Texas.
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Junior quarterback Michael Cummings has given the passing game a steady hand, and tight end Jimmay Mundine (seven catches) has certainly benefited from Cummings’ presence. The early injury to Tony Pierson hurt, but the Jayhawks need to find a way to get going in the first half.
Linebacker Ben Heeney was everywhere, and senior Michael Reynolds forced a fumble in the backfield. The defense kept the Jayhawks in the game in the first half, but the Red Raiders still managed to put up 507 total yards.
There were no major coverage breakdowns in the return game this week, so that was a net positive. The kicking game cost KU three points when Matthew Wyman missed a 35-yard field goal in the first half. Punter Trevor Pardula averaged 45 yards on six punts.
For two straight games, interim coach Clint Bowen has put Kansas in position to win against a favored Big 12 opponent — this time on the road. The KU staff, though, has to find a way to solve some of the issues surrounding the slow starts.