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Final Wrap: Texas Tech 41, Kansas 14

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Henry Colombi thew for a touchdown, ran for another as Texas Tech had four rushing touchdowns in a 38-7 win over Kansas on Saturday afternoon.

Colombi was 14-for-20 passing for 124 yards and added 35 rushing yards while Jason Bean was 11-for-21 passing for 80 yards and one interception for Kansas.

Texas Tech (5-2, 2-2 Big 12 Conference) had three rushing touchdowns — by Colombi, Erik Ezukanma and Myles Price to lead 24-0 at halftime. Donovan Smith added a rushing touchdown in the third quarter.

The past two seasons combined, this matchup had been decided by a total of six points. Texas Tech showed this year there’s still a big difference between the programs. The Raiders held Kansas to 20 passing yards and only four first downs in the first half.

Texas Tech had 438 yards with 244 of those coming on the ground. SaRodorick Thompson ran for 83 yards and Ezukanma had 76 receiving yards.

The Jayhawks (1-5, 0-3) Luke Grimm had 33 receiving yards and a touchdown and Devin Neal ran for 54 yards.

The Red Raiders were spectacular on third downs going 9-for-11 and held Kansas to 5-for-13. They were also a perfect 6-for-6 in the red zone and Kansas was 2-for-2.

One bright spot for Kansas happened in the final minute when they scored two touchdowns. Miles Kendrick relieved Bean at quarterback and found Grimm for a 14-yard touchdown pass and then Lawrence Arnold for a 13-yard touchdown. Kendrick went 4-for-7 for 48 yards in the final drives of the game.

The Jayhawks forced two turnovers and committed one.

THE TAKEAWAY:

Kansas: The Jayhawks have been competitive against the Red Raiders recently, but were outmatched this season. Their last conference win was against Texas Tech two years ago.

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders dominated from the first possession and are now just one win away from being bowl eligible.

UP NEXT:

Texas Tech hosts Kansas State while Kansas stays at home to take on Oklahoma next Saturday.

TEXAS TECH POSTGAME NOTES

GETTING STARTED

  • Today’s weather at kickoff: 64 degrees, 5-10 winds and sunny.
  • Kansas won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half. Texas Tech started the game with the ball.
  • Today’s game was televised by Big 12 Now on ESPN+. All seven games in 2021 have been on the ESPN family of networks.
  • Today’s game marked the 23rd all-time meeting between Texas Tech and Kansas, and the 19th time as Big 12 foes.
  • Today’s game was the Red Raiders’ fourth Big 12 conference game of 2021, and third road game in that stretch.
  • Texas Tech wore red helmets, white jerseys and red pants against Kansas. The last time the Red Raiders wore this combination was against Kansas State on Nov. 17, 2018.
  • Today’s game captains were DaMarcus Fields, Caleb Rogers and Colin Schooler.
  • As part of Texas Tech’s pregame entrance, Trey Wolff carried the U.S. flag, Riko Jeffers ran out with the state of Texas flag.
  • Today’s attendance: 25,106.

Starters – (Offense) – (LT) Ethan Carde, (LG) Weston Wright, (C) Josh Burger, (RG) Landon Peterson (RT) Caleb Rogers, (QB) Henry Colombi, (RB) SaRodorick Thompson, (TE) Mason Tharp, (WR) Myles Price, (WR) Kaylon Geiger Sr., (WR) Erik Ezukanma; (Defense) – (DE) Tyree Wilson, (N) Jaylon Hutchings, (T) Devin Drew (LB) Colin Schooler, (LB) Riko Jeffers, (LB) Jesiah Pierre, (LB) Jacob Morgenstern, (CB) Rayshad Williams, (S) Dadrion Taylor-Demerson, (S) Eric Monroe. (CB) DaMarcus Fields

TEXAS TECH’S WIN…

  • Gives Texas Tech a 5-2 overall record in 2021, which would match its’ start to the 2018 season.
  • Gives Texas Tech a 21-2 all-time record against Kansas.
  • Gives Texas Tech a 17-2 all-time record against Kansas in Big 12 games.
  • Gives Texas Tech an 11-1 mark in games played against Kansas at Kansas Memorial Stadium.
  • Gives Texas Tech back-to-back Big 12 road wins for the first time since 2018.
  • Gives Matt Wells a career record of 13-16 at Texas Tech.
  • Gives Matt Wells a 57-50 career record all-time as a head coach.
  • Gives Matt Wells a 2-1 career record all-time against Kansas.

TEXAS TECH’S TEAM NOTES

  • Texas Tech’s first four scores were on the ground on Saturday, following up seven-straight rushing touchdowns entering the game

– Tech scored via the passing game with a 2-yard TD pass to Travis Koontz in the third quarter – its’ fifth trip to the end zone on Saturday – breaking the streak of 11 consecutive Red Raider rushing TDs.

  • Texas Tech scored on its opening drive for the second time this season – its first time since hosting SFA in the home opener.
  • Texas Tech pitched a first half shutout for the second time in the last three games (at West Virginia/at Kansas).
  • Of Tech’s four rushing touchdowns – none were recorded by a running back (QB Colombi, QB Smith, WR Ezukanma, WR Price).
  • Ten different Red Raiders rushed the football among their season-high 42 attempts for a season-high 244 rushing yards (most rushing yards since 2020 contest against Oklahoma State – 255).
  • Texas Tech started its’ third different offensive line combination in game No. 7 of the season – Landon Peterson received his first start, and Josh Burger moved to center.
  • Tech went 9-for-11 on third downs (81.8 percent) – its’ best percentage of the season – which included zero three-and-outs.
  • Texas Tech picked up its seventh interception of the season thanks to Taylor-Demerson’s second the year. Tech owns eight takeaways for the season – 7 INT, 1 FR.
  • Kansas’ quarterback Jason Bean, who entered the game leading KU in rushing yards was limited to 14 yards rushing.
  • Texas Tech was held without a sack. KU has surrendered just one sack on the last four games.
  • Tech went a perfect 6-for-6 on trips to the red zone and improved to 29-of-31 for the season.
  • In Texas Tech’s five victories, the defense is allowing only 19.6 points, 80.4 rushing yards and 313.6 yards total offense.
  • The Red Raiders’ defense matched a season-high of seven pass breaks up – first recorded seven against SFA before Saturday.
  • Tech tied a school record of committing just one penalty in the contest – the fifth time there was just one penalty looking back to games: vs. Arkansas (1988), Rice (1991), Texas A&M (1992) & TCU (2016).

NOTING THE RED RAIDERS

  • Henry Colombi recorded his second rushing touchdown of 2021, and fifth of his career to open scoring on Saturday.
  • Dadrion Taylor-Demerson registered his second INT of the season in the second quarter. He leads the team with two on the season.
  • Jonathan Garibay improved to 9-for-9 this season – a 28-yard field goal and matched his career-long with a 48-yard field goal.
  • Erik Ezukanma recorded his first career rushing touchdown in the second quarter on a 9-yard jet sweep. It’s his second touchdown of the season looking back to his 75-yard receiving YD against SFA.
  • Myles Price recorded his second career rushing touchdown. His first career score on the ground also came against Kansas, a 70-yard burst in the 2020 contest.
  • Tyree Wilson logged a career-high 2.0 TFLs.
  • Donovan Smith rushed for a five-yard touchdown – the second rushing TD of the season on the ground.
  • Donovan Smith recorded his first career passing attempts and completions – he was 4-of-5 for 70 yards.
  • Landon Peterson logged the first start of his career.

Release provided by Matt Dowdy Texas Tech Athletics

 


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