Game Preview: Kansas

Game Preview: Kansas

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LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech will look to get back on the winning side Saturday night when the Red Raiders travel to Lawrence to face the Kansas Jayhawks in a 6 p.m. kickoff from David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.
 
The game will broadcast to a national audience on FOX Sports 1 with Dan Hellie on the call alongside analyst Evan Moore and Kevin Patterson reporting from the sideline. Fans can also find the game on any streaming device by using the FOX Sports GO app.
 
The Texas Tech Sports Network will also broadcast the game over 46 affiliates throughout the state of Texas and New Mexico as Brian Jensen will have the call alongside analyst John Harris, sideline reporter Chris Level and engineer Steve Pitts. The radio broadcast can also be heard XM channel 200, Sirius channel 134 or via the TuneIn app.

SERIES HISTORY

  • Texas Tech and Kansas will meet for the 21st time in school history Saturday night in a series that has historically been dominated by the Red Raiders. Tech is 19-1 all-time against the Jayhawks with wins in each of the last 12 meetings.
  • The Red Raiders are a perfect 10-0 against the Jayhawks in Lawrence as Texas  Tech is averaging 20.6 points per game as its margin of victory.
  • Texas Tech has defeated the Jayhawks by an average of 38 points over their last three meetings as Texas Tech secured a 55-19 victory in 2016 followed by a 65-19 rout in 2017 and a 48-16 win a year ago. Alan Bowman threw for 408 yards and three touchdowns in the win.   
  • Texas Tech has won each of the last 12 meetings against Kansas with 10 of those coming by double-digit margins. The Red Raiders have won by an average of 22.5 points per victory during the winning streak over the Jayhawks.
  • Texas Tech's 12-game winning streak over Kansas is the longest active streak for the Red Raiders against a current Big 12 foe. It is the second-longest winning streak against any conference member since the league was formed prior to the 1996 season. 

BOWL ELIGIBILITY REMAINS IN REACH

  • The key message for Matt Wells following the Iowa State loss was that bowl eligibility was still in reach for the Red Raiders, who enter this weekend at 3-4 overall and 1-3 in Big 12 play. A victory over Kansas would push the Red Raiders back to .500 for the season heading into a November slate that features home games against both TCU and Kansas State.
  • After starting the season at 3-4, Texas Tech will now look to win three of its final five games in order to advance to its 39th bowl appearance in school history. The Red Raiders rank tied for 20th all-time in FBS history in bowl appearances and will be searching for their 16th postseason trip since the start of the 2000 campaign alone.

 
NATION'S FIFTH TOUGHEST SCHEDULE

  • According to the NCAA's official statistics, Texas Tech has played the fifth-toughest schedule in the country this season based on the current record of each of the Red Raiders' six previous opponents. Tech's opponents are a combined 29-12 this year in games not including the Red Raiders, which is tied with Tulsa and trails only Louisville (31-10), Utah State (27-9), Florida State (31-11) and West Virginia (31-12).
  • Texas Tech has already faced four of the top-six teams in the Big 12 preseason poll as the Red Raiders went 1-3 during that stretch with a win over then-No. 21 Oklahoma State.

NOTABLES...

  • Douglas Coleman III leads the FBS with six interceptions this season, all of which have come in the past five games. Dating back to the start of the 2000 campaign, Coleman is the only Red Raider to pick off six passes through the first six games of a season.
  • Jordyn Brooks leads the Big 12 with 78 tackles through seven games. He ranks fourth nationally for tackles for a loss per game (1.9), sixth in total tackles per game (11.1) and 10th for solo tackles per game (6.1).
  • Brooks added two tackles for a loss against Iowa State, bringing his yearly total to a team-leading 13.5 entering this weekend. With five games still to play, it marks the most tackles for a loss in a season by a Red Raider since Pete Robertson recorded the same total in 2013.
  • Iowa State became only the second team to score on Texas Tech in the opening quarter. In fact, Iowa State and Oklahoma are the only two programs not be forced into a 3-and-out on their opening drive against the Red Raiders. Tech is outscoring opponents, 44-24, over the first 15 minutes this season.
  • After a slow start in the takeaway category, Texas Tech now sits at plus-five in the turnover margin, which ranks tied for 20th in the country and second in the Big 12. The Red Raiders ranked 90th in the FBS in the turnover margin a year ago, a steady improvement under first-year head coach Matt Wells and his staff.
  • Through the halfway point in the season, Texas Tech is only surrendering 28.3 points per game, which would be the Red Raiders' lowest clip since 2009 if the season ended today.
  • On the opposite end, Texas Tech is averaging 30.3 points per game, which, if the season ended today, would mark the 19th-consecutive year the Red Raiders have averaged at least 30 points per game.
  • The Red Raiders are currently averaging 167.4 rushing yards per game, which, if the season ended today, would rank as the fourth-highest clip during the Big 12 era and the second-highest average since Texas Tech moved to a spread offense in 2000. Tech averaged 273.2 yards on the ground in 1996, 201.7 yards in 1998 and 191.3 yards per game in 2015.
  • With five games still remaining in the regular season, SaRodorick Thompson's 469 rushing yards place him in position to become the first Red Raider to rush for at least 800 yards in a season since Washington posted an impressive 1,492 rushing yards in 2015.

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