“That was disappointing.” Those are the exact words of Lance Leipold in response to the first question posed as he met with the media following the game.
Indeed it was. Coming off a bye, Kansas couldn’t get anything going against a team that profiled very similarly to Duke. Three weeks ago against the Blue Devils, Kansas piled up 530 yards of total offense at 7.4 yards per play. Against Tech, those numbers were just 273 yards at 4.5 ypp. Meanwhile, Tech went for 438 yards at 7.8 ypp.
I am sad.
Kansas has now failed all three barometer checks this year, meaning the Jayhawks are who we thought they were. They are clearly the worst team in the Big 12, and perhaps in all of the Power 5. There is a long, LONG way to go for Kansas to even be competitive with the lower tier of the Big 12. We had hope, but now that hope has been officially swallowed up by basketball season. I can’t imagine Kansas being less than a 20-point underdog the rest of the way (although the line for the Oklahoma game next week opening at -38 seems curiously low).
Regardless, there’s not much to say here. Texas Tech did whatever it wanted on both sides of the ball all day long. Kansas was 5-13 on third downs, while Tech was 9-11 (yikes).
There’s not really much else to say. Tech was credited with 4 TFLs and 3 QB hurries, while Kansas had zero of each. Tech scored on 7 of its first 9 possessions; Kansas punted on 4 of its first 7. The three that weren’t punts: missed FG, INT, Downs.
Kansas did win the turnover battle 2-1, so there’s that. Progress?
They brought back this in the pregame hype video, so there’s that!
I am sad again.
All of it.
Offense, defense, special teams. It was not just disappointing, it was ugly. This was the 9th team in the Big 12, the team Kansas is looking directly up at, and it was non-competitive from the get-go. There’s a LONG ways to go for this program.
Jason Bean started and played into the fourth quarter; it was probably his worst start as a Jayhawk. Bean went just 11-21 for 80 yards with an INT. He added just 14 yards on 5 rushes.
Miles Kendrick played in garbage time and went 4-7 for 48 yards and 2 TDs. Kendrick added 34 yards on 3 carries.
Devin Neal went for 57 yards on 15 carries.
Amauri Pesek-Hickson rand for 28 yards on 5 carries.
Luke Grimm caught 3 passes for 33 yards and a late TD.
Kwamie Lassiter also hauled in 3 passes but for just 11 yards.
Steven McBride and Trevor Wilson each had two receptions. No other Jayhawk had more than one.
Rich Miller had 7 tackles, including a TFL.
Kenny Logan had 6 tackles and an INT.
Gavin Potter added 6 tackles.
Reis Vernon booted 4 punts with a 32.2-yard average.
Jacob Borcila was 0-1 on field goals, missing a 47-yarder in the first quarter.