Tech-Kansas: No. 8 Red Raiders Soar Past No. 23 Jayhawks
The No. 23 Kansas Jayhawks were hoping to catch the No. 8 Texas Tech Red Raiders looking forward to next week game against Texas. The Red Raiders quickly silenced any hopes of a Kansas upset with 49 unanswered points in a 63-21 win.
Graham Harrell helped his Heisman candidacy completing 34 passes out of 42, for 386 yards and five touchdowns. Harrell also had 14 yards rushing and a touchdown. Michael Crabtree added to Heisman campaign also, with 70 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
Shannon Woods led the Red Raiders in rushing with 79 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns. Baron Batch added 46 yards on seven carries. Edward Britton led the team in receiving with three receptions for 106 yards.
Todd Reesing had 16 completions out of 26, for 154 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Jake Sharp led everybody in rushing with 80 yards on 13 carries. Kerry Meier led the Jayhawks in receiving with 70 yards and one touchdown.
The game would start out close. Kansas received first, and was stopped on three plays. The Jayhawks lost eight yards on their first play of the game. The Red Raiders offense did not need much time to put the first points on the board. On their second play of the game, Graham Harrell connected with Britton for a 55-yard touchdown.
The Jayhawks would respond. Sharp started the possession with a 13-yard run. Meier caught a seven-yard pass on third down and six. Reesing completed a 33-yard pass on second down and three to Meier for the touchdown to tie the game at seven.
Tech would not let the score go unanswered. Harrell started the drive with a completion to Eric Morris for an 11-yard gain. On second and three, Batch ran for 10 yards. Batch would make another big play as he took a screen pass from Harrell for 42 yards to the Kansas 2. Harrell would find his favorite target Crabtree to make it 14-7.
The Jayhawks would answer only one more time in the first half. Sharp started the drive with a 12-yard run. On second down and eight from the Tech 47 Reesing hit Jonathan Wilson for a 17-yard gain. After a 15-yard completion to Meier, Reesing found Dezmon Briscoe for a 10-yard touchdown.
The Red Raiders’ offense would not be stopped in the first half. Shannon Woods gained 12 yards on first and ten from the Tech 38. Harrell got another first down with a pass to Tramain Swindall for 10 yards. Batch again got a big gain with a 24-yard pass to the Kansas 7. Morris finished the drive off with a seven-yard touchdown reception to give the Tech the lead for good at 21-14.
The Tech defense who has to sit for over three minutes with offense on the field and the end of the quarter break, stepped it up the rest of the first half. Reesing threw an incompletion on first down, and got another incompletion after Tech linebacker Brian Duncan could not haul in the interception. McKinner Dixon finished the drive with a sack for a loss of six.
The Red Raiders’ offense took advantage of the defense’s stop. Harrell completed a pass to Detron Lewis for a nine-yard gain. Harrell got the first with a two-yard run. On first down and ten from their own 45, Harrell escaped the Jayhawks’ pressure for a 13-yard run. Batch got another first down with a 17-yard run. Shannon Woods finished the drive with a three-yard touchdown run.
After the Jayhawks drove 29 yards to their own 49, Reesing was sacked by Brandon Williams and fumbled which was recovered by Dixon at the Kansas 38.
Batch started the drive with an 11-yard run. Harrell completed a 10-yard pass to Crabtree to the Kansas 10. Morris caught his second touchdown on a 10-yard pass from Harrell to give Tech a commanding 35-14 lead, which they would take to halftime.
Tech opened the second half with the ball and made sure they ended any thoughts of second half comeback for Kansas. After converting a third down, Harrell completed a pass to Crabtree for 18 yards. Harrell completed passes of 14 yards and 12 yards to Jacoby Franks and Lyle Leong. Harrell finished the drive with a one-yard sneak.
The Red Raiders’ defense continued their strong play. Darcel McBath intercepted three passes in five plays. The three interceptions tied Daniel Charbonnet’s school record he set against Southern Methodist earlier in the season.
Tech got two more touchdowns in the third quarter. Crabtree took a screen pass for 16 yards and Woods ran one in for one yard.
For the first time since playing against Massachusetts earlier in the season, the kicking game came through for Tech. Matt Williams, who walked on after winning a kicking contest in Tech’s game against SMU was a perfect nine-for-nine on extra points.
With the win, the Red Raiders move to 8-0 for the third time in school history, and will battle the No. 1 Texas Longhorns (8-0) next Saturday in Lubbock. Both teams were undefeated in 2005 when they played at Austin.
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