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Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Kansas Jayhawks Pick & Prediction OCT 16TH 2021

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129Red Raiders Texas Tech
130Jayhawks Kansas
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0
67.5
CU
-18 -110
67.5o -110
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ML: -1100
ML: 700
Partials
4
7 17 14 3
0 0 0 14
Score
41
14
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This season, Matt Wells quickly reached the win total, four, he posted in each of his first two seasons coaching Texas Tech.

Lopsided defeats, however, against Texas and TCU have left Wells facing criticism while standing 12-16 in his third season, with a 6-15 mark in Big 12 play. His Red Raiders (4-2, 1-2 Big 12) face Kansas (1-4, 0-2) on Saturday in Lawrence, Kan.

"The result of a game is not going to define me over a 25-year career or nine years as a head coach," said Wells, who previously guided Utah State. "There's nobody I'm going to let outwork me.

"What you try not to let it do is demoralize you when we lose. Are we disappointed? Heck, yeah. You kidding me?"

Texas Tech needs two victories to qualify for its first bowl bid since 2017.

Running back SaRodorick Thompson is coming off a 118-yard rushing performance last week in the Red Raiders' 52-31 loss to TCU. Erik Ezukanma leads Big 12 receivers with an 85.8-yard average as the favorite target for Henry Colombi, who has posted two 300-yard passing performances since taking over at quarterback after Tyler Shough broke his collarbone.

Red Raiders linebacker Colin Schooler, the FBS active leader in career tackles and tackles for loss, ranks second among Big 12 tacklers (51).

Texas Tech has struggled against the run in Big 12 play, allowing 394 yards against TCU after previously surrendering 336 to Texas.

When questioned about his defensive approach, Wells said, "Scheme does not look good when you're getting run through."

Kansas continues to struggle under Lance Leipold, though the first-year coach knows he cannot take out his frustrations on others while attempting to end the school's 14-game Big 12 losing streak.

"You go back to your values and what you're going to be, and not start panicking," Leipold said. "You can't coach angry."

The Jayhawks scored just seven points in each of their first two conference games while allowing 45 to Baylor and 59 to Iowa State. The offense has leaned heavily on the arm and legs of Jason Bean (1,143 total yards). The defense surrenders 7.4 yards per play.

On the plus side, Kansas has been assessed just 22 fouls, the fourth-lowest total among FBS teams.

"That has probably been one of the positives," Leipold said.

--Field Level Media

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Kansas Jayhawks Recap OCT 16TH 2021

Henry Colombi passed for 124 yards and SaRodorick Thompson rushed for 83 Saturday as Texas Tech dominated defensively and smacked Kansas 41-14 at Lawrence, Kan.

After allowing 300-plus yards rushing in each of their Big 12 defeats, the Red Raiders (5-2, 2-2 Big 12) limited the Jayhawks (1-5, 0-3) to 273 total yards.

The victory pushed Texas Tech within one win of qualifying for its first bowl appearance since 2017. It marks the first time coach Matt Wells has surpassed four victories after posting that total in each of his first three seasons with the Red Raiders.

Kansas had scored seven points in each Big 12 defeat. It dropped its fifth straight on the season while suffering its 16th consecutive conference loss.

The Red Raiders entered with a defense allowing 34.3 points on average and ranked 84th nationally. Yet the Jayhawks scored each of their two touchdowns inside the final minute on passes by backup Miles Kendrick.

Colin Schooler, the leading active FBS tackler, fueled Texas Tech with five stops and also forced a fumble.

Colombi went 14-for-20 passing, with a touchdown strike to Travis Koontz. Donovan Smith subbed situationally and passed for 70 yards, while adding 37 yards rushing with one touchdown.

The Red Raiders generated 438 yards and drew their only penalty in the fourth quarter just before Jonathan Garibay matched his career-long field goal with a 48-yarder.

Kansas starter Jason Bean struggled with an apparent hand injury, completing 11 of 21 passes for 80 yards, with one interception. Devin Neal rushed for 54 yards on 15 carries.

Colombi passed for 86 yards and Thompson rushed for 51 as Texas Tech raced to a 24-0 halftime margin. Colombi scored on a 1-yard rush to cap Texas Tech's first drive before Erik Ezukanma and Myles Price added scores off jet sweeps of 9 and 7 yards.

Ezukanma added four first-half receptions.

The Red Raiders scored on four of five first-half possessions. The Jayhawks' Kenny Logan grabbed an interception to end the other drive, though Dadrion Taylor-Demerson countered with a pick for Texas Tech.

--Field Level Media

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