Oct 5, 2013; Lawrence, KS, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders running back Kenny Williams (34) rushes for a touchdown against the Kansas Jayhawks in the first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Game Notes: Texas Tech vs. Kansas

Propelled by by another solid defensive effort and good play from quarterback Baker Mayfield, the Red Raiders improved to 5-0 (2-0) on the season with a dominating win over Kansas, 54-16.

  • Baker Mayfield’s interception, the only Tech turnover, went to Kansas’ best defensive player, linebacker Ben Heeney. Future NFL linebacker, in my opinion.
  • The second third-down Tech didn’t convert was a result of an overthrown ball to usually clutch receiver Bradley Marquez, defended by Kansas’ second best defender, cornerback Dexter McDonald. Just a bad series of events.
  • After starting free safety Tre Porter left the game for one play with an injury and was replaced by redshirt freshman Keenon Ward, Kansas immediately exploited that weak spot in secondary. Kansas tight end Jimmay Mundine was wide open for a touchdown.
  • Texas Tech special teams refused to tackle for the first time this season, giving up 218 total return yards.
  • Eric Ward had his best game since the season opener against SMU, catching seven passes for 122 yards and another circus catch for a touchdown. He was basically wearing the Kansas defender, but still made the grab. Ward has 27 catches for 343 yards and two touchdowns.
  • All-World tight end Jace Amaro suffered from a case of the dropsies on one early drive, but got it going with a quiet nine catches for 97 yards. That gives him 38 catches for 464 yards.
  • The Red Raiders had a sack party in Kansas’ backfield. Will Smith, Branden Jackson and Kerry Hyder each record one.
  • True freshman receiver Dylan Cantrell recorded his first career touchdown catch. He’s the first true freshman to catch a touchdown pass this season.
  • True freshman Zach Barnes recovered his first career fumble.
  • True freshman Baylen Brown, playing at center in garbage time, welcomed sophomore Michael Brewer back from injury with two very high snaps.
  • Texas Tech ran the ball for 179 actual yards, but the bad snaps and one sack make the net yards only 114.
  • The Texas Tech defense gave up 390 rushing yards to Kansas last year. This year, just 53 (1.4 yards per carry).
  • Baker Mayfield’s injury is apparently a twisted right knee.
  • Tech is 2-0 in Big 12 play and 5-0 overall for the first time since 2008. That team did pretty well for themselves.
  • Tech is just the second Big 12 team of the last seven to visit Lawrence to beat Kansas by more than two scores.
  • Tech’s 54 points are the most scored in a Big 12 game this season. Previous high was Texas’ 31 against Kansas State and Iowa State.
  • Four takeaways today against Kansas gives Tech 11 on the season, matching their total from 2012.
  • The Red Raider defense has held its first two conference opponents below 20 points, the first time since 1997.

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