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Red Raiders Hand Jayhawks Homecoming Defeat, 54-16


Press Release University of Kansas: 

A Kansas used a quick start on Homecoming to give No. 20 Texas Tech itsfirst deficit of the season, but the Red Raiders scored 54 unanswered pointsover the final three quarters while rolling to a 54-16 win over the Jayhawks atMemorial Stadium Saturday.

Kansas (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) jumped out to a 10-0 lead after the first quarter andwas tied with Texas Tech (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) past the midpoint of the secondquarter, but a failed fake punt attempt deep inside KU territory set up a shortscoring drive and sparked the Red Raiders. Texas Tech's offense ran 100 playsand tallied 518 yards by the game's end, while limiting Kansas to 273 yardsafter the Jayhawks rolled up 133 yards in the first quarter.

TTU freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for 368 yards before leaving thegame in the second half with an injury. Red Raider wide receiver Eric Wardlogged a game-high 122 yards, outpacing KU's TonyPierson, who caught six passes for a career-best 118 yards. KU's BenHeeney and IsaiahJohnson tied for the game-high with 12 tackles. After rushing for 290yards against the Red Raiders a season ago, Kansas was limited to just 53 yardsin this year's contest.

KU's defense was tough early, halting Texas Tech's opening drive when Heeneyintercepted his second career pass on the 50. Five plays and 25 yards later, MatthewWyman drilled a 36-yard field goal to give the Jayhawks their firstpoints in the first quarter this season. As a result, the undefeated RedRaiders found themselves in a deficit for the first time in the first quarter.

Kansas defense came up huge on the ensuing Texas Tech possession, forcing athree-and-out thanks to a Heeney tackle and pass breakups by TyMcKinney and DexterMcDonald.

After the Red Raiders' punt, KU took the ball at the at its own 21-yard line tosetup another scoring drive. Heaps connected with TonyPierson for 25 yards on third down to extend the drive. On thefollowing play, Heaps hit JimmayMundine for 25 yards for his second touchdown of the season and fifthof his career, extending the Jayhawks lead to 10-0.

Late in the first quarter, Texas Tech strung together a 73-yard drive after acouple of crucial third-down pickups. However, the Kansas defense showedanother strong performance in the red zone, forcing TTU to attempt a 32-yardfield goal. Ryan Bustin's attempt from the left hash sailed wide ride to preservethe first-quarter shutout for the Jayhawks, a first since Nov. 26, 2011, whenKU and Missouri went scoreless in the first quarter.

Pardula opened the second quarter with a 47-yard punt to the Texas Tech 23 yardline. The Red Raiders controlled the pace of the first five minutes with itsno-huddle offense, driving the ball 71 yards into KU territory. With afirst-and-goal from the Kansas eight, the Jayhawk defense once again mustered astop on third down, forcing Bustin to attempt another field goal, this one amake from 23 yards.

Texas Tech scored 20 unanswered points, taking a 10-point lead into the break.Offensively, Heaps threw for 139 yards and a touchdown in the first half, whilePierson had five receptions for 79 yards. BenHeeney led all defensive statistical categories with 11 tackles andan interception.

TTU's opening kickoff of the second half sailed out of bounds to give KU theball on its own 35-yard line. However, on the first play of the half for KU,Heaps' pass bounced way from Pierson and was intercepted by J.J. Gaines, whoreturned it 36 yards to the KU eight-yard line. DeAndre Washington ran the ballinto the endzone on the following play to extend the Red Raiders' lead to27-10.

Texas Tech held KU to a three-and-out, getting the ball back on their own38-yard line after a Pardula 42-yard punt. The Red Raiders drove 51 yardsthanks to a 12-yard pickup by Ward to set up the Bustin 28-yard field goal andputting TTU on top 30-10.

After a 12-play, 80-yard touchdown drive by TTU, made it 37-10, Kansas turnedto the air when Heaps connected with Pierson for 39-yards for Pierson's first100-yard receiving game of his career. However, after first-and-goal from thenine-yard line, KU failed to punch it in on four-straight attempts, turning theball over on downs.

TTU scored 17 more points, before Kansas' MichaelCummings connected with AndrewTurzilli for a 28-yard touchdown pass, his first of the season, andbroke the KU scoreless drought from the first quarter.

Saturday's game marked the start of Big 12 Conference play for the Jayhawks andKansas continues its conference slate next weekend when the team travels toFort Worth, Texas, to take on TCU. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m., and the gamewill be televised on FSN.

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Game Notes
Texas Tech improved to 14-1 in the all-time series and remained a perfect 8-0in Lawrence. 

KANSASCAPTAINS:JakeHeaps(QB), BenHeeney (LB), JamesSims (RB), KeonStowers (DE)




*TexasTech won the toss and elected to receive in the first half and defend the southendzone.

*Kansashas stopped every 2013 opponent on the opening drive, limiting opposing teamsto three first downs on opening drives through four games.

*Kansasheld Texas Tech scoreless through the first 15 minutess of the game, a firstsince Nov. 26, 2011 when the Jayhawks shutout Missouri in the opening period. Afailed Red Raider field goal attempt with 1:01 remaining in the first quarterpreserved the shutout. Entering Saturday's match up, the Red Raiders averaged11.0 points per first quarter and had been limited to three points twice in thefirst four games. 

*Forthe third-straight game the KU defense recorded seven or more pass breakups.Kansas batted down nine pass break-ups against Texas Tech, tying for the mostthis season. KU also 

recordednine pass break-ups against Rice on Sept. 14. 

*Kansas'53 rushing yards was the fewest in a game since the Jayhawks rushed for (-2)yards at Texas on Oct. 29, 2011. 


*FreshmanMatthewWyman's 36-yard field marked the first KU points scored in the firstquarter and also the first time the Red Raiders trailed in 2013. It was alsothe first time that Kansas had scored on an opening drive this season.

*JuniorJakeHeaps connected with junior JimmayMundine for a 25-yard touchdown pass giving the Jayhawks a 10-0 lead.The catch was the second touchdown pass caught by Mundine in 2013 and fifth ofhis career. Heaps capped the scoring drive with back-to-back, 25-yardcompletions. 

*JuniorConnorEmbree recorded his first career reception, a seven-yard throw fromHeaps in the second quarter.

*JuniorTonyPierson recorded his first 100-yard receiving game Saturday. He had acareer-best 118 yards, averaging 19.7 per catch. Pierson's longest catch of theday was for 39 yards, after which, he left the game due to injury.

*JuniorAndrewTurzilli scored his first touchdown of 2013 after he connected with MichaelCummings on 28-yard pass. The touchdown reception was the second ofTurzilli's career. It was also the first touchdown pass of the year forCummings and fourth of his career.


*JuniorBenHeeney recorded ended the Red Raiders' opening drive with aninterception - the second of the season and of Heeney's career.

*Enteringtoday's game, Heeney led the Big 12 with 10.7 tackles per game. At halftime,Heeney had recorded 11 tackles and finished the game tied for the game-highwith 12 tackles.

*FourJayhawks tied or set a new career-high in tackles against the Red Raiders.Sophomore safety IsaiahJohnson tallied a new career best with his team-high 12 tackles,while junior safety CassiusSendish also recorded a career-high 11 tackles. Freshman linebacker CourtneyArnick collected a career-high nine tackles Saturday afternoon andsophomore linebacker BenGoodman tied his career-high of five tackles for the third time thisseason. 

 *JuniorJaCoreyShepherd defended three passes tying his career-high, which was setearlier this season at Rice.


*JaCoreySheperd averaged a career-high 29.0 yards per return on three kick returns. Hetotaled 87 yards and his longest of the day was a 35-yard return. 


On how the game turned around so quickly:
"Well it was a combination of things. First of all, us going three and outback-to-back-to-back series in the second quarter had a lot to do to attributeto that. At halftime, I don't know the exact number, but their offense ran over50 plays and our offense ran 30 plays so we were off to a fast start, but ourdefense was getting worn out because they were on the field the whole time.Eventually something bad is going to end up happening."

On the unsuccessful fake punt:
"It was based off of if something happened and you had to take it, and hegot caught in limbo. He got caught in that gray area where really, inhindsight, he wouldn't do it. But, if he had a certain look, he was capable, hewas able to do that."

On TonyPierson's injury after his big run:
"I think he landed on the track, I don't know that, that's what my kidssaid to me. When I ran over there, his eyes weren't really opened yet. He wasbreathing, but his eyes weren't open yet. The trainers and doctors were allover it. Then he started talking, then he started moving and he was actuallymoving around okay. He went to the locker room and his head hurts. I'm surethat he took a good knock on the head and has a concussion probably. Probably(he) will miss some substantial time would be my guess."

On bouncing back after the loss:
"One thing we're going to do, we're going to have to critically evaluateeverything that happened. From coaching and play calling on one end, toperformance on the other end. Then we're going to have to go down to a nucleusof players that we believe will all give us the best chance at competing."

On the way the offense opened the game:
"We came out swinging and we were executing and making plays. It was funto come out like that. We had a great start and needed to keep it going fromthat point on."

On the inconsistency on the offense:
"After the mistakes we just couldn't get any drives mounted. It was thelittle mistakes that were just killing our drives and you can't win footballgames doing those things."

On the offense struggling to give the defense breaks:
"We weren't helping out the defense with our three and outs. We were puttingpressure on our defense and if you compared the amount of plays we were on thefield to our defense they would have a lot more. You have to play complimentaryfootball. The offense can't just score a lot of points you have to give yourdefense a breather and the defenses job is to get the ball in offenses hands.Our defense did a great job of getting us the ball, but after the first quarteron offense we just didn't execute."

On signs of games being winnable and taking the next step:
"We're trying to take that next step every single week. When we don't takethat step it's very frustrating. It's tough to lose in this fashion and as acompetitor it'll eat at you. It's only week four of our season though and we'regoing to continue to get better and practice and eventually get this thingrolling."

On the great start to the game:
"There was so much energy on the sideline. We need to find a way to keepthis energy going throughout the game, we were executing and it made things alot smoother, but as the day went on we played sloppier and we know we'rebetter than that."

On the offensive substitutions and lack of consistency:
"There was some switching of the quarterback and other positions, but itwas just to give us the best chance of winning out there."

On it being tough to watch the defense stay on the field:
"Oh yea, it's very tough just because we expect to be able to hold ontothe ball and put points up and for the most part run the ball if we can't throwthe ball. Those are things we haven't been able to do and it's tough when it'sthird and one or third and three it's tough when you can't get those yards andyou have to put the defense back out there."

On the lack of a run game today
"It's puzzling so far but it's been a guy who has missed a blockingassignment or something small that makes it look way worse."

On the momentum shift:
"We've got to quit shooting ourselves in the foot, penalties and we go outand we have all the momentum in the world and a couple plays just turned thatto nothing."

On Texas Tech running 100 plays in the game:
"We can't go pointing fingers at the offense, we've got to be able to takeresponsibility on defense to keep them out of the end zone. If they don't getin the end zone they can't win. We've got to do our part."

On the adjustments Texas Tech made:
"They started running the ball a little more than we expected. At onepoint we had seven DB's (defensive backs) on the field and they switched it upand started running it a lot, so we had to adjust to that but we didn't adjustto it fast enough to slow down that third quarter. That was one of the worstthird quarters we could possibly have."

On Texas Tech changing up its offense:
"They started doing zone-read a little bit more. We were solid against thepass in the first quarter, then they switched it up on us."

On the importance of getting off the field on third down:
"It's hard; you obviously don't want to put yourself in those kind ofpositions."

On the fake punt:
"Things happen. The ball's not going to roll your way every time that youget a chance, so you have to go out there and deal with it. I think we didwell, we just have to regroup and come back next week. "

On the momentum going Texas Tech's way:
"You can't let anything break you, no matter what the scoreboard says, nomatter what the fans do - whether (they) want to stay or the fans want toleave, you've got to keep fighting. The way I look at it is like a boxer: you box12 rounds, you're not going to win every round, but you have to keep fightingevery round; it's just like a football season, you've got 12 games and you haveto come back every round and every game."

On moving forward with the season:
"I've got a short memory and that's something that you want to try and puton the team. You can't let little things, turnovers or anything, you can't letit dwell (for) the rest of the game or on the team's demeanor as a whole."


Onif KU surprised him with its passing game:
"No, I thought they had a good plan with that empty package they had,getting it out of his (QB JakeHeaps) hand quick with all the pressure we're bringing and they movedthe ball well early. They had some tough breaks and bad snaps and aninterception. But I thought it was a good plan."

On the Texas Tech defense:
"Last year they got embarrassed. They threw 90 yards, so that was a pointfor us all week. That's what they were seeing on film. And they stepped up tothe challenge."

On what adjustments he made after Kansas' lead in the first quarter:
"Really no adjustments; I thought they settled in to find the guys, (the)O-line played good the whole day, early we obviously forced one interceptionand missed a couple easy ones.  They had a good plan too, they came outwith some things locked down but I thought our offense did a good job notpanicking, continued to make routine plays and things just snowballed forus."


Onwhy the Red Raiders get off to a slow start playing an early game in Lawrence:

"Sometimesit just takes a while to get started, because you're just waking up, you've gotan early wake-up call. Just getting started is the hardest part, but when weget in our groove and get things going then we're on a roll."

On whether they thought about the game from last year (against KU) atall: 

"No,not really. That is in the past. I just keep moving forward and just make aplay every down and opportunity I get. I leave the past in the past."

On how much the team talked about this week:

"Everytime we walk into the locker room we just let it be known. Things were postedabout what they were saying and so we just focused on it the past two weeks,including the bye week and came out here and just put on a show."


Onif he was surprised with how much Kansas passed early:

"Notat all. After we stopped the run pretty quickly, that was the next best thingfor them to try and do. They got after us a little bit, but we made somechanges and corrected ourselves."

On how it feels shutting Kansas down on the ground this year after whathappened last year:

"Youknow, it feels great. That was one of the things we were harping on. This isnot the same defense as last year, so let's let that be known pretty early andI feel like we did a good job with that."

On if it was nice that Kansas didn't run the option as much as last year:

"Yeah, that was pretty nice. I saw they went toit a couple times, but we stopped it pretty quickly. We didn't let it get on uslike we did last year, so I felt we did a pretty good job with that."

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