Key play: James Sims rushed for 12 yards on KU’s first play from scrimmage, setting the tone for an eight-play touchdown drive that tied the score at 7-7 with eight minutes left in the first quarter.
Key stat: Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege completed 13 of his first 16 passes for 121 yards.
Key play: Senior safety Bradley McDougald stopped Texas Tech’s momentum with an interception and a 32-yard return that set up KU’s second touchdown.
Key stat: 175-4. That was KU’s lead in rushing yards after two quarters.
Key play: Texas Tech kicker Ryan Bustin drilled a 29-yard field goal, increasing Texas Tech’s lead to 24-17 with 28 seconds left in the third quarter.
Key stat: While not scoring, KU held the ball for nearly nine minutes in the third quarter.
Key play: KU junior Tony Pierson broke loose on a 69-yard run that sparked Kansas’ fourth-quarter comeback and set up a touchdown that cut Texas Tech’s lead to 27-24.
Key stat: Before Saturday, Kansas hadn’t scored a fourth-quarter touchdown since a late TD against Oklahoma on Oct. 20.
Key play: In the second overtime, Texas Tech running back Eric Stephens took a direct snap before floating a 3-yard touchdown pass to Darrin Moore for a 41-34 lead. KU couldn’t answer.
Key stat: For the fourth time this season, Kansas led in the fourth quarter or overtime before coming away with a loss.
Offense: B+. Behind 390 yards rushing — the most KU has recorded in the Big 12 era — the Jayhawks posted their best offensive performance of the season. The passing game is still behind. But James Sims (127 yards) and Tony Pierson (202 yards) were a powerful combo.
Defense: B-. The defense’s play in the red zone kept KU in the game in the second half. But the Jayhawks surrendered more than 500 passing yards and couldn’t get a stop in overtime, when they needed it most.
Special Teams: B. Sophomore kicker Nick Prolago, an Olathe Northwest grad, made his second clutch kick of the season, a game-tying field goal with 41 seconds left in regulation. He also made a go-ahead kick late against Texas.
Coaching: B. Charlie Weis devised a game plan that nearly took down Texas Tech in Lubbock, a worthy feat. In some ways, though, Weis’ grade will be incomplete until the results start to change.
Player of the game
In a game of huge performances, Texas Tech’s Seth Doege threw for 476 yards and three touchdowns — and walked away with the victory.
Reason to hope
James Sims and Tony Pierson will be back next season, and Weis has put KU in position to win against solid programs such as Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Texas.
Reason to mope
Can Kansas fans be satisfied with the program’s progress if it comes wrapped in an 1-11 season? KU has two more chances for a victory.
Kansas is back at Memorial Stadium for a 6 p.m. kickoff against Iowa State.
“It puts a bad taste in our mouth. We’re definitely more hungry going into next week.” KU quarterback Michael Cummings.