RCW: Inside Football 3.7
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Kansas leads the Big 12 Conference and ranks third nationally in tackles-for-loss with 9.8 per outing. The Jayhawks have collected 10 or more TFLs in each of their last three games, led by Dorance Armstrong Jr., with 6.0 hits behind the line of scrimmage.
- Sophomore wide receiver Steven Sims Jr., hauled in his fifth touchdown of the 2016 season versus Texas Tech. Sims’ five TDs tie for the most by a Kansas receiver during a season since the 2009 campaign when Dezmon Briscoe caught nine scores and Kerry Meier collected eight trips to the end zone.
- The Jayhawk defense continues to improve on the season and even throughout games. After allowing 14 quick points to open the game against the nation’s top scoring offense, the Kansas defense held Texas Tech to its longest scoring drought of the season at four-straight possessions (PUNT, INT, SAF, PUNT). During that drought, Texas Tech mustered just 18 yards on 14 plays, compared to the 148 yards on 13 plays and two touchdowns on its first two possessions.
- On 4th and 24 to begin the second quarter, sophomore linebacker Keith Loneker Jr., tackled Texas Tech punter Michael Barden after a dropped snap for KU’s first safety since 2012 at Kansas State (Oct. 6). The Jayhawk special teams were able to force two Red Raider turnovers as senior fullback Michael Zunica recovered a muffed Texas Tech punt return at 14:34 in third quarter. It marked Zunica’s first career fumble recovery.