Kansas – Texas Tech preview

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No. 20 Texas Tech (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) at Kansas (2-1, 0-0), 11 a.m.

Series record: Texas Tech leads 13-1


Texas Tech is looking to start 5-0 for the first time since 2008, when the Red Raiders rose to No. 2 in the nation after knocking off top-ranked Texas. The Jayhawks are playing their Big 12 opener and seeking to stop a six-game skid against Texas Tech.


Kansas RBs James Sims and Tony Pierson vs. Texas Tech’s defense: Sims and Pierson combined for 329 yards — the Jayhawks 390 total rushing yards is their best total ever in Big 12 play — on 46 carries in last year’s 41-34 double overtime loss to the Red Raiders. Texas Tech’s rush defense is much improved this year, allowing just 121 yards per game — an average of 3.8 yards per carry.


Texas Tech: QB Baker Mayfield, a walk-on freshman, has recovered from a thigh bruise he got in a 20-10 win over TCU. He’s thrown for eight TDs and 1,120 yards and has thrown four interceptions. He didn’t play in the Red Raiders’ 33-7 win over Texas State two weeks ago.

Kansas: LB Ben Heeney leads the Big 12 in tackles, averaging 10.7 per game. The 6-foot-230-pound junior has tallied 20 solo tackles and 12 assisted and is tied for eighth in the conference in sacks.


The last time Kansas beat the Red Raiders was 2001, when Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was the quarterback. … Kingsbury played for KU coach Charlie Weis in the NFL with the New England Patriots. Weis was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for New England. … Both teams are coming off a bye week preceded by a win. … The Red Raiders have won seven straight in Lawrence.


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