It was everything Texas Tech wanted in a game on Saturday in Lawrence, Kansas.
The Red Raiders started hot, scoring on their first three possessions and used its savvy defense and hard-nosed run game to beat lowly Kansas, 65-19.
The 65 points scored was the highest output by a Big 12 Conference team this season.
Tech (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) forced three more turnovers on defense – including another defensive touchdown – and now has 14 forced turnovers this season through five games. The Red Raider defense had 13 total turnovers forced all last season.
Desmond Nisby, Justin Stockton and Tre King led the ground attack for the Red Raiders, accounting for 294 of Tech’s 323 yards on 51 carries. Stockton led the team with 161
Yes – 51 carries to just 27 pass attempts (65-35 ratio).Stockton led the team with 161
Stockton led the team with 161 yards on 15 carries while Nisby scored on three rushes in the first half and ended the game with 93 yards on the ground.In fact, if you take away Nic Shimonek’s -20 yards, Tech had 330 yards on 41 carries – the most since running for 325 yards against New Mexico in 2012.
In fact, if you take away Nic Shimonek’s -20 yards, Tech had 330 yards on 41 carries – the most since running for 325 yards against New Mexico in 2012.
Shimonek finished the game 19 of 24 for 233 yards and two scores with one interception.
After the Red Raiders built a 35-10 lead at the break, Kansas (1-4, 0-2) pulled within 15 points in the third quarter and looked to perhaps get within a possession after Stockton’s fumble near the goal line. But once again it was the Red Raider defense bailing out Tech’s offense as Justus Parker forced a fumble and returned it 20 yards to make it 41-19 Tech.
Yes, Texas Tech has a run game and a defense. And the latter may be the best part about this team right now.