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Gameday Match Up

When Texas Tech runs

Posted: November 9, 2012 - 11:35pm  |  Updated: November 10, 2012 - 1:22am
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When Texas Tech runs

Kenny Williams has averaged 66 rushing yards the last three games, providing what little Tech has generated on the ground. Twice recently, Kansas has allowed two 100-yard rushers in the same game, letting Kansas State’s Collin Klein (116 yards) and John Hubert (101) do it in an Oct. 3 game and letting Baylor’s Glasco Martin (157) and Lache Seastrunk (103) do it last week. However, Ben Heeney’s a productive MLB, and the Jayhawks had 10 tackles behind the line against Baylor.

Advantage: Texas Tech.

 

When Texas Tech passes

WR Eric Ward and Darrin Moore have been hot lately, producing 35 catches and three 100-yard performances between them in the last two weeks. Kansas has shown no pass-rush capability, which bodes well for QB Seth Doege. The trick for Tech is cashing in its chances. Kansas leads the Big 12 in red zone defense, limiting opponents to 22 TDs and eight field goals on 42 trips inside the 20. CB Greg Brown and S Bradley McDougald are playmakers, despite KU’s No. 78 pass defense ranking.

Advantage: Texas Tech.

When Kansas runs

Kansas ranks No. 33 in rushing offense, Tech No. 28 in rushing defense. DT Kerry Hyder, MLB Will Smith and the rest of the front seven want to put an end to James Sims’ five-game streak of 100-yard rushing performances. Sims had three of those triple-digit days on the road, at Kansas State, Oklahoma and Baylor. S Cody Davis should be able to focus on run support, given the Jayhawks’ weak passing game.

Advantage: Kansas.

 

When Kansas passes

Texas’ David Ash last week burned the Tech secondary, which had done well to mask its injury losses the previous three games. Nickel backs Tre Porter and Jarvis Phillips could be on the field today, and Kansas’ passing attack isn’t nearly as much a threat. Notre Dame transfer Dayne Crist has twice as many interceptions (seven) as touchdown passes (three), so young QB Michael Cummings has started the last three games. In the last six games, KU is averaging 139 yards passing with no receiver having gone over 75 yards.

Advantage: Texas Tech.

 

Special teams

Kansas’ kick-return game hasn’t stirred up much excitement, and Jayhawks kickers are 6 for 12 on field goals. Tech’s Austin Zouzalik is third in the Big 12 among punt return men with an 11.3-yard average. He seldom breaks a big one, but when he has games such as last week — with returns for 24 and 17 yards — he’s effective. Kansas opponents have returned both a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns this season. The Jayhawks rank 91st in kickoff-return defense (23.1-yard average), so Sadale Foster could do something. Tech PK Ryan Bustin is 7 for his last 12 field goals and has had one blocked each of the last two weeks.

Advantage: Texas Tech.

How we see it

Staff writer Don Williams: Texas Tech 48, Kansas 14.

Staff writer Nick Kosmider: Texas Tech 38, Kansas 17.

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