By Chois Woodman
A slow start in Lawrence, Kan. is not unfamiliar territory for Texas Tech, but the No. 20 Red Raiders woke up in the second quarter and never looked back beating Kansas 54-16 on Saturday afternoon.
Both the Texas Tech offense and defense looked sloppy in the early-going, but true freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield had one of his best games of the season and Matt Wallerstedt’s defense played like it has all season.
Baker Mayfield went 33 of 51 for 368 yards and one interception. Mayfield left the game at the end of the third quarter with an apparent knee injury and was on crutches for the remainder of the game. Backup quarterback Davis Webb led the offense in the fourth quarter going 3 of 6 for 36 yards and two touchdowns.
Sophomore quarterback Michael Brewer was not expected to play, but he saw his first action of the season late in the fourth quarter. Brewer did not attempt a pass in his limited time.
With the injury to Mayfield and the appearance of Michael Brewer, it could make for an interesting week in a quarterback battle.
Eric Ward had his biggest game since the season opener catching 7 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown.
Texas Tech had one of its best games on the ground. The Red Raiders rushed for 147 net yards and four touchdowns.
The Red Raiders had a strong effort form the defense in the game. The Red Raiders forced three fumbles and one interception while sacking the Kansas quarterback three times in the game.
After allowing 390 rushing yards in the game against Kansas last season, the Red Raider "D" only gave up 53 yards on the ground to the Jayhawks.
The Red Raiders are now 5-0 this season with a 2-0 record in Big 12 Conference play and a share of first place in the conference.
Tech will be back on the field at Jones Stadium on Saturday against Iowa State at 11 am.