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Red Raiders rushing attack too much for Kansas defense

The run game returned, with over 300 yards on the ground in Lawrence

NCAA Football: Texas Tech at Kansas Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports


Nic Shimonek was efficient in a game where Tech ran the ball twice as much as they passed it. Shimonek has shown this year that he may not have the flash that Mahomes had on most plays, but he is able to get the job done when needed more times than not. Over 200 yards, and the only mistake was an interception partially due to less than stellar offensive line play. McLane Carter came in late and was efficient as well, going 3/3 for 57 yards and a score.

Grade: A

Wide Receivers

Coming into the game, we knew Keke Coutee’s time on the field might be limited, and someone would need to step up. Keke still led the team in receiving with 8 catches for 87 yards and a score, but the player who stepped up the most was Quan Shorts. Quan was second on the team in yards, just 11 yards behind Coutee, but only had 4 receptions, one of which was a TD.

Grade: A+

Offensive Line

Any time you rush as a team for over 300 yards, you know the line is at least doing something right. After a game where the rushing attack was very limited, both the backs and linemen needed a good bounce back game. However, the other half of their job is in regards to pass protection, something rather important for an air raid team. Kansas had 3 sacks, 5 tackles for loss, and a quarterback hurry. This part of the game is something that the young line still needs to work on as the season progresses.

Grade: B+

Running Backs

4 rushing touchdowns. Last week there were a lot of fans that wanted to see more of Desmond Nisby. Not only did the fans see him play, the Jayhawks defense felt him play. Nisby ended the game with 93 yards on 11 carries, 4 going into the end zone. Stockton was the feature back in the game, rushing for 161 yards on 15 carries. The one blemish for the backs was Stockton’s fumble in the end zone. Against Kansas, that may end up as a wash, but turnovers need to be limited in the future.

Grade: A