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Texas Tech defense suffers against Kansas rushing attack in victory

Posted: November 10, 2012 - 8:35pm  |  Updated: November 11, 2012 - 1:16am
Kansas' Michael Cummings is sacked by Texas Tech's Dartwan Bush during the Red Raiders' 41-34 double overtime win on Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium.  Zach Long
Zach Long
Kansas' Michael Cummings is sacked by Texas Tech's Dartwan Bush during the Red Raiders' 41-34 double overtime win on Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium.
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In preparing for Kansas, Art Kaufman guessed he watched 230 plays on the three or four Jayhawks game videotapes he was given.

The Texas Tech defensive coordinator said Kansas ran the speed option four or five times. On Saturday, though, the play worked and worked and worked. Tech needed double overtime to pull out a 41-34 victory largely because the Red Raiders couldn’t stop the run.

“Once they hit it, that’s something that was successful and they did a nice job of staying with it,” Kaufman said, adding that the Red Raiders spent last week preparing for the zone read and stretch plays that have been KU’s bread and butter.

Kansas ran for 390 yards, with 202 coming from sophomore speed back Tony Pierson. The Jayhawks’ marquee back, junior James Sims, posted his sixth 100-yard performance in a row against Big 12 opponents, finishing with 30 carries for 127 yards.

Given that Kansas came in with the nation’s No. 33 rushing offense and the league’s hottest rusher, success on the ground was to be expected. But Tech allowed its most rushing yards since the infamous 439 in the Texas game last year.

Asked what he saw in front of him, Tech safety D.J. Johnson said, “The seams, man. There were so many. It was cutback seams. That option game, maybe we weren’t assignment sound. The cutback lanes were open, and when he cut it back, it was off to the races.”

After not allowing a 100-yard rusher in the first eight games of the season, Tech has given up three in the last two games.

For much of season, Tech has curtailed big plays. That’s why the Red Raiders were still No. 18 in total defense. The last two weeks, big plays have been a problem.

Texas beat Tech with the deep ball. Four Kansas players accounted for 12 rushing plays of 10 yards or longer, including runs of 49 and 69 yards by Pierson and a 44-yard keeper by quarterback Michael Cummings.

“That’s disappointing a little bit that we didn’t tackle as well,” Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. “At the point of attack, we probably should have made the quarterback run the ball a little more instead of letting him get it out to (Pierson).”

With the game on the line, the Red Raiders got the problem solved. After Tech had taken a 41-34 lead in the second overtime, Kansas faced a third-and-5 from the Red Raiders’ 20-yard line. Defensive end Jackson Richards, linebacker Sam Eguavoen and safety Cody Davis strung out another KU option call, and linebacker Blake Dees knifed through and threw Pierson for a 4-yard loss.

Davis and Kaufman said Tech widened a linebacker to get leverage after the Jayhawks’ late-game success with the speed option, and it paid off on the play.

“That kind of messed up their blocking scheme,” said Davis, who finished with eight tackles. “I think they were trying to come up to the safety, so I think that kind of messed them up.”

Of the 390 yards, Kansas got 171 in the fourth quarter and overtime including two of the long runs.

“We didn’t get it under control until the very end of the game,” Kaufman said. “We made an adjustment, and that was the difference in the ball game.

“Their center, left guard and left tackle, I thought, were three of the best offensive linemen we’d seen, going into the game. That’s where they kept attacking us, behind those guys, and then (Pierson) was hard to get a hold of.”

Dees’ big third-down play left KU, one of the weakest passing teams in the country, to throw on fourth down. Johnson batted away Cummings’ desperation pass into the end zone. Even then, Johnson said he was just waiting for Cummings to take off.

“I really just read the quarterback,” said Johnson, who made a game-high 10 tackles. “For a second, I thought he might have been sacked. But I wanted to make sure I was deep enough if anything worked out, I could broke out one way or another to help out as much as possible. I didn’t realize I was going to get up that high and get it. Otherwise, I would have tried to intercept it.”


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You would have to find some memoirs from age old brothels to find a bigger tool than DW has been for Texas Tech and Kent Hance. Truly embarrassing if you call yourself a sports journalist. You are like the minor leagues of Rush, Beck and Fox News, willing to profit and make a buck regardless of whether it is good or bad for the group or community you supposedly care so much about.

Head in the sand....what a tool!!!


What if....

our defense wasn't really ever that good????

Improved...absolutely...but you can improve from "sucks" and still be "awful". Long way to go....


late game problem still persist

After shutting down KU in the second half, we definitely relaxed and let them score to send it into OT--Same as at TCU. Again Tubbs makes a bone head call late in the game. Kicking a field goal would have forced KU to score a TD (probably much harder to do--I think). Last week vs Texas we go for 2 and screws us at the end of the game. OBTW: great going personel wise on that 4th and 1 late in the game.



Will we see the nuclear reverend comment on Coach "hands of stone" Tubervilles left cross to the GA with the headset?


Tired old arguments

Funny, I didn't see Hance on the field. Did I miss something? Or maybe you're living in the past.

Nice article about the players. Crummy posts about conspiracies and hate.

Seems like UT had a hard time with Kansas also.

Anyway, LOCO, 07 (IQ?) and TRASH, we Tech fans are tired of your drivel. Grow up.

Maybe the election has emboldened you. I forgot, liberals never grow up.



Your post didnt make any sense. Besides, youre bill214 posting under another name. Youre still a tshirt fan. Youre still boring. Politics still has nothing to do with sports.



I agree about the politics part, try telling feaco the same thing.


@ coyote

Like I said before, try saying something relevant and you won't get busted in the mouth every article. You and feaco are clones and that is hilarious. Hey coyote, politics has nothing to do with sports... Neither does your twin hance


Still doesnt make sense

Keep trying.


We Can't Pass a No Politics Rule

1. It helps identify idiots.

2. The comparisons are too obvious to pass on.

3. I always want to know who my enemy is.

As for the article, Kaufman (my hero) has been outcoached two weeks in a row.

Tubs has fouled up beyond description, because if he gets to 9-4 he could have had Arkansas or Tennessee. Now we will continue to be stuck with him.

And Coyote, the chances of our Exalted Ruler commenting on the slapping fiasco do not exist.

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