Strong Second Half Carries Red Raiders Past Jayhawks
Oct. 1, 2011
First Half Highlights | Second Half Highlights
Postgame Interviews: Coach Gill | K. Terry | B. Bourbon
LAWRENCE, Kan. — A combination of Texas Tech’s offense and defense shutdown the Kansas football team in the second half en route to a 45-34 Red Raider victory in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
After leading 27-24, Kansas managed just seven points in the second half and was outscored 21-7. With the loss, KU falls to 2-2 on the year and 0-1 in Big 12 play, while Texas Tech improved to 4-0 and 1-0 in the Big 12.
Kansas sophomore quarterback Jordan Webb had an unusually rough day as he threw his first interceptions (three) on the year. On the day, Webb finished 16-of-22 for 239 yards and three touchdowns, one of which was the result of the only points in the second half, a 10-yard pass to tight end AJ Steward with 3:30 to play.
The game could not have started any better for the Jayhawks. Before Texas Tech even managed a first down, the Jayhawks already had amassed 116 yards of offense and 13 points just 4:37 into the ball game.
KU junior wide receiver, D.J. Beshears took the opening kickoff 42 yards to set the Jayhawks up with excellent field position. The drive was capped off by an 11-yard touchdown run by sophomore James Sims. However, the extra point was blocked giving KU a 6-0 lead.
Kansas would score on its first three offensive possessions of the game with the second coming on a 51-yard scamper from freshman Brandon Bourbon. The rushing touchdown was the first of his career. Bourbon led the Jayhawks with 101 yards on 10 carries on the day, which is his first career 100-yard game.
Later in the first quarter, KU free safety Keeston Terry recorded his first career interception as he jumped in front of a slant route to pick off Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege. The interception led to a Webb-Beshears connection for 54 yards to set up first and goal at the four-yard line. After committing two penalties the Jayhawks finally found the end zone as Webb hooked up with tight end Tim Biere from 20 yards out, but luckily Kale Pick was there to recover Biere’s fumble in the end zone.
The touchdown gave Kansas a 20-0 lead over the Red Raiders before the first quarter was over.
However, a pair of second quarter interceptions from Webb allowed the Red Raiders to score 24 unanswered points in a span of eight minutes and 19 seconds. The second interception set up a 40-yard touchdown strike from Tech quarterback Doege to Eric Ward to cut the lead to 20-14. Tech would add another touchdown and a field goal before Kansas put together a touchdown drive right before halftime.
The Jayhawks went into the locker room with a 27-24 lead after Webb hit senior running back Rell Lewis on a screen pass from the 19-yard line with only 47 seconds left in the first half.
On the opening drive of the second half, Texas Tech was able to march right down the field and regain the lead, 31-27, on an eight-yard run by Eric Stephens. The Red Raiders continued to pull away late in the third quarter as Doege found Ward from 18 yards out, in the corner of the end zone. The touchdown was the second time the duo hooked up on the day.
The Jayhawk offense put together another solid, balanced effort as they put up 478 yards of total offense with 239 through the air and 239 on the ground. However, the defense continues to struggle allowing 530 yards of total offense, with 366 coming via pass.
Kansas will play its first conference road game of the season next Saturday, Oct. 8, when it travels to Oklahoma State to play the Cowboys at T. Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 2:30 p.m. (Central).