Texas Tech Gets Past Slow Start To Win Big

Baker Mayfield Texas Tech Red Raiders

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

For the undefeated Texas Tech Red Raiders football team, traveling to Kansas for an early kickoff can be a major trap game when you are a top-25 team and undefeated.

During the first quarter of the game, it looked like the Red Raiders were falling right into that trap, as they couldn’t get anything going on offense and Kansas was moving the ball at will, as the Jayhawks jumped out to a 10-0 lead. But just as Texas Tech offenses usually do, the game changed in a heartbeat as the Red Raiders went on to score 54 unanswered points and destroyed the Jayhawks in convincing fashion, 54-16.

The passing game was the key for the Red Raiders all day long, as they threw for 404 yards and two touchdowns and absolutely torched the Jayhawk secondary all day long. Quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for 368 yards and also had a rushing touchdown as the true freshman continues to impress everyone around the country.

Running back DeAndre Washington had two goalline rushing touchdowns, while wide receiver Eric Ward also impressed on the day, bringing in seven catches for 122 yards and a touchdown. Eight different receivers caught a pass for the Red Raiders today and it was vintage Texas Tech “Air Raid” football.

The Red Raider defense was also on point all day long and got over their slow start to hold the Jayhawks to only 273 yards of total offense on the day and only 53 on the ground. They forced four turnovers and only gave up three third-down completions all game.

It wasn’t all good news for the Red Raiders, though, as Mayfield went down with what looked to be a serious knee injury and did not return to the game. It remains to be seen how serious the injury, but it could be a tremendous blow to the team.

Erik Sargent is a college football writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Erik_Sargent, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

Around the Web