Oct 5, 2013; Lawrence, KS, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders running back Sadale Foster (8) is tackled by Kansas Jayhawks safety Dexter Linton (23) and linebacker Ben Heeney (31) in the first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Against Kansas

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The Good

Texas Tech found its offensive power that had been somewhat missing since the SFA game. The Red Raiders finished with 518 yards of offense and 54 points as Tech shook off a slow start and did all of their scoring after the 1st quarter had ended. The Red Raiders were led by Jace Amaro, Jakeem Grant, and Eric Ward who all had atleast 7 receptions and 92 yards receiving. Baker Mayfield finished with 368 yards passing and 33 yards rushing before leaving with a leg injury in the 3rd quarter.

The Bad

Baker Mayfields knee/ankle could be bad or really bad depending on how serious the injury is. It didnt look bad on the play, in which he was takrn to the ground after throwing a pass, but after the game he was on crutches as they left the field Saturday afternoon. After the game, coach Kingsbury said he didnt know the extent to which Baker was injured, so for now, Red Raiders will have to wait with anticipation on whats to come at the QB position. If there is a silver lining, it is that Davis Webb looked good in relief, going for 36 yards and 2 touchdowns and Michael Brewer saw his first action of the season.

The Ugly

With the game tied at 10 in the second quarter, and facing a 4th and 12 from their own 17, Kansas lined up to punt the ball away, only they didn’t. The Jayhawks tried a fake, failing to get back to the line of scrimmage and giving the Red Raiders the ball at the Kansas 16. Moments later Baker Mayfield would scramble in for the touchdown from 19 yards out, and the Red Raiders never looked back, rolling Kansas 44-6 from that point on. The decision by the punter confused everyone, inckuding Charlie Weis who acknowledged they had talked about taking the chance but not making sure his punter knew when it would be ok. It drew a laugh from ESPN analyst and former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz, who proclaimed that ” was why Notre Dame paid Weis 18 million dollars to leave.”

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