What happened and what mattered in the Texas Tech 48-16 win over Kansas?
Texas Tech 48, Kansas 16
Back at the quarterbacking helm, Texas Tech’s Alan Bowman went off with three touchdown passes, and the D allowed just nine points until a garbage time touchdown in the final seconds. The Red Raiders turned it over three times, but they dominated throughout and never let it become a game.
Bowman was terrific, completing 36-of-46 passes for 408 yards and three scores with a pick. Jett Duffey got in, and while he didn’t run much, he completed all three of his passes. The D stuffed Kansas for just 97 yards, and only allowed Kansas QB Peyton Bender to complete 18-of-41 passes.
For all of KU’s problems, the defense continues to get into the backfield and keeps on forcing turnovers. The offense isn’t consistent enough, and the D isn’t generating enough stops, but at least there’s some disruption.
And now we know that the two Kansas wins over Central Michigan and Rutgers came against two of the worst teams in college football. Those two haven’t done anything else. Kansas is back to being double-digit blowout bad, and even though three of the last five games are at home, it’ll take something extraordinary – like a team turning it over six times – to come close to a win.
The Red Raider defense continues to be fabulous. It’s now allowed 17 points or fewer in three of the last four games and and in four of the last six. There’s still a shot at getting into the Big 12 Championship, but first it has to deal with a rested Iowa State team in Ames, and then Oklahoma, and then Texas. It might come down to the road trip at Kansas State or the date with Baylor in Arlington just to get bowl eligible.