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KU vs. TTU

KU vs. TTU

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Starting Lineup
oFFeNse deFeNse
The Jayhawks’ defense didn’t do their offense any favors last week. Kansas gave up 21 unanswered points in the second half after a close battle in the first 30 minutes. Part of the problem was the Bears’ passing game backing up the Kansas defenders and allowing Baylor to run. The good news: While Texas Tech boasts the fourth-best passing game in the country, it has the worst run offense in the Big 12. Pos. DE DT DT RE OLB MLB WLB CB CB SS FS P Name Josh Williams Jordan Tavai Kevin Young Toben Opurum Jake Love Ben Heeney Huldon Tharpe Tyler Patmon Greg Brown Lubbock Smith Bradley McDougald Ron Doherty No. 95 9 90 35 57 31 34 33 5 1 24 13 year Sr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Fr. So. Jr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Pos. QB HB FB WR WR TE RT RG C LG LT K Name Michael Cummings James Sims Nick Sizemore Kale Pick Andrew Turzilli Mike Ragone Aslam Sterling Randall Dent Trevor Marrongelli Damon Martin Tanner Hawkinson Nick Prolago No. 14 29 45 7 82 84 77 64 69 73 72 16 year Fr. Jr. Jr. Sr. So. Sr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. So. Running back James Sims sprints downfield. Sims ran for 178 yards in Kansas’ Oct. 27 defeat against Texas.

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The Jayhawks’ passing game has been an issue all year. Even with a solid run game, Kansas’ inability to throw has robbed itself of valuable points. We saw last week against Baylor that playing high-scoring teams on the road would be the ultimate challenge for the Jayhawks. It does have to take an Andrew Luck-type performance, but neither Kansas starting quarterback has completed more than 50 percent of its passes since losing to Kansas State.

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coachING
This part of the season will get very tough for running backs coach Reggie Mitchell. Kansas’ biggest weapon is its stable of runners, but teams are starting to catch on. After rushing for nearly 100 yards in the first half against Baylor last week, James Sims finished with just 126 yards. Keeping the run effective will be crucial for the Jayhawks in their last three games.

PLayer To WaTch
With three games left in the season James Sims is leading the Big 12 in rushing. He is less than 100 yards away from breaking his career high for a season (748), and that’s after sitting out the first three games in 2012. All eyes will be on Sims to see if he is in fact the Big 12’s best.

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It’s hard to have any momentum after giving up 21 unanswered points in the second half of a blowout to Baylor. Michael Cummings’ passes looked much better, but his receivers had trouble making plays. Putting together a full game will be the next step to boost Kansas’ spirit.

Texas Tech presents many of the same offensive problems as Baylor did a week ago. Quarterback Seth Doege has passed for more touchdowns (19) than anyone else in the Big 12, while throwing just seven interceptions. But the Red Raiders offense is somewhat onedimensional. Texas Tech averages only 3.5 yards per rush, so the key to this game will be slowing down Tech’s passing game.

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Weis

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sPecIaL Teams
Ron Doherty returned to form last Saturday with six punts averaging 44.3 yards per kick. Fixing the pestering special teams problems has been a huge concern for Kansas coach Charlie Weis lately. After calling for all hands on deck it seems he’s found some more stability with the unit. Still, field goals have got to become a more viable option for the low-scoring Jayhawks.

quesTIoN marKs
Can James Sims keep up his streak of 100-yard rushing games? The Jayhawks certainly need his production. Will Texas Tech tempt Weis to opt for more passes? Since becoming the Jayhawks’ starter, Michael Cummings has only completed 22 of 49 pass attempts. And will the Jayhawks score more than 20 points? They haven’t been able to do so since putting up 23 on Northern Illinois in week four.

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Kansas can perform on the road like it does at home. The Jayhawks have been able to limit high-scoring offenses to 21 points or less in Lawrence, but not on the road. Staying competitive until the end is the next challenge for Kansas.

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Career starts by left tackle Tanner Hawkinson (will tie the Kansas record on Saturday) Last Kansas victory over Texas Tech (34-31 overtime win in Lubbock, Texas)

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Jayhawk record for 100-yard rushing games (James Sims has 10)

Safety Lubbock Smith knocks a Texas runner into the air. The Jayhawks were defeated in the final seconds of the homecoming game against Texas on Oct. 27.

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Sophomore wide receiver Andrew Turzilli attempts to catch the ball for a touchdown during the Oct. 27 game against Texas.

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Starting Lineup
oFFeNse deFeNse
Texas Tech’s offense is red hot and one of the best in the Big 12. Texas Tech leads the conference for most passing touchdowns. Led by quarterback Seth Doege and a strong offensive line, the Red Raiders’ offense is mostly passing oriented. Doege’s thrown 31 touchdowns and eight interceptions on the year and hopes to improve his numbers against Kansas. Running backs Kenny Williams and Eric Stephens Jr. have not been involved in game plans very much. Expect the Red Raiders to go pass heavy on the Jayhawks. Pos. QB RB WR WR WR TE LT LG C RG RT K Name Seth Doege Kenny Williams Eric Ward Jakeem Grant Tyson Williams Jace Amaro LaAdrian Waddle Beau Carpenter Deveric Gallington Le’Raven Clark Terry McDaniel Ryan Bustin No. 7 34 18 11 3 22 65 72 66 62 68 48 year Sr. So. Jr. Fr. Sr. So. Sr. So. Sr. Fr. Sr. So. Tommy Tuberville has coached a good defense, coordinated by Art Kaufman. The defense is ranked 18th in the country and third in the Big 12. Texas Tech’s pass defense is second in the conference, thanks to safety Cody Davis, who won Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week in Week 7. The defense runs a 4-3 style and sometimes shifts into a nickel package with Tre’ Porter as the extra defensive back. Pos. LE NT DT RE OLB MLB OLB CB CB FS SS P Name Dartwan Bush Delvon Simmons Kerry Hyder Jackson Richards Terrance Bullitt Wll Smith Sam Eguavoen Eugene Neboh Bruce Jones D.J. Johnson Cody Davis Ryan Erxleben No. 54 8 91 43 1 7 13 31 24 12 16 26 year Jr. So. Jr. So. Jr. Jr. So. Jr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Texas Tech’s Seth Doege is hit by Texas’ Alex Okafor ahead of Texas Tech’s Deveric Gallington (66) during their game on Nov. 3 in Lubbock, Texas.

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coachING
Like any coach, Tommy Tuberville took the necessary routes to land head coaching gigs with multiple schools throughout his coaching career. He spent four years as the defensive line and linebackers coach at Arkansas State. He made a name for himself at Miami as an eight-year assistant and as the defensive coordinator for Texas A&M for one season. Tuberville was the head coach at Ole Miss for four years and at Auburn for 10 years. Since 2010, Tuberville as been with Texas Tech and has led it to a 19-15 record so far.

PLayer To WaTch
Wide receiver Eric Ward can make the biggest difference in this game for the Red Raiders. Ward isn’t in the top 50 in the nation in either receptions or receiving yards. But that hasn’t stopped Seth Doege from finding him in the end zone. Ward is tied fifth in the nation for most touchdown catches with Ward 10. Ward has been a red-zone threat for opposing defensive backs. What makes this more interesting is the fact that Kansas is first in the Big 12 in red-zone defense. Keep an eye on Ward when Texas Tech has the ball inside the 20.

Texas Tech has lost to Kansas just once in the two teams’ history. The Red Raiders have defeated the Jayhawks in the previous five meetings. This year, the Red Raiders have played well and have six wins, three within the conference, under their belt. They have the upper hand going into this game against the Jayhawks, but Tuberville won’t take any game lightly.

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Texas Tech opened the season ninth in the Big 12 polls with few expectations. Although the Red Raiders are 3-3 in the conference, they have some standout players who’ve had their names featured in the spotlight. An unbalanced offense and inconsistency on defense has kept them away from being ranked higher, but they’ve won more games than many had expected, and in doing so have already exceeded expectations for 2012.

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Tuberville

sPecIaL Teams
Kicker Ryan Bustin has made 12 of 17 field goals this year, with misses from various distances. Texas Tech will want Bustin to come through if it’s stopped in the red zone. Kick returner SaDale Foster and punt returner Austin Zouzalik haven’t made much noise on special teams but have a chance to change that against Kansas. The Jayhawks have allowed some big returns this season, most notably against Oklahoma.

quesTIoN marKs
Can Texas Tech limit its turnovers? Although Texas Tech has played well this season, its 3-3 conference record is due to the 10 turnovers the team has committed this year. If Kansas creates a couple of turnovers on the road and follow up with scores, Texas Tech could find itself in jeopardy of losing its top 25 spot in the rankings. Will the Red Raiders draw a lot of penalties? The Red Raiders, as good as they are, have been guilty of 44 penalties, which counts for the most in the conference. Texas Tech must be mentally prepared and more focused this week to prevent from having yellow flags thrown its direction.

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Kansas can’t compete in the second half on the road. It’s a trend with the Jayhawks. Their road performance in conference games haven’t gone well in the second half. Charlie Weis has told his players that they need to play four full quarters of good football if they want any shot at winning, especially on the road in difficult Big 12 environments.

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Texas Tech’s Eugene Neboh, right, tackles Texas wide receiver Mike Davis (1) during their game on Nov. 3 in Lubbock, Texas. Texas won 31-22.

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Texas Tech running back Kenny Williams is tripped up by Texas safety Mykkele Thompson during their game on Nov. 3. Texas won 31-22.

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