Archive for Sunday, September 26, 2004


September 26, 2004


  • Thanks mainly to TV timeouts, a combined 23 penalties and 48 incomplete passes -- two dozen by each team -- the game lasted three hours and 45 minutes, or 45 minutes longer than the non-televised home opener against Tulsa and a half-hour longer than the 63-14 win over Toledo, another game that wasn't on TV.
  • Texas Tech was able to overcome five turnovers -- four interceptions and a lost fumble -- and 114 yards in penalties by compiling 538 yards of offense. KU had three turnovers and 81 yards in penalties, but the key stat was yardage. The Jayhawks had 336 offensive yards, or about two football fields fewer than the Raiders.
  • Rodney Harris, Tony Stubbs, Gabriel Toomey and Greg Tyree had KU's interceptions. KU was also credited with six pass breakups, but the Jayhawks were able to record only one sack (Jermial Ashley). Linebacker Nick Reid led KU with a dozen tackles. Reid also deflected the pass Tyree intercepted. Toomey had nine stops.
  • Kansas lost despite running 82 offensive plays and maintaining about a 10 1/2-minute edge in time of possession (35:17 to 24:43).
  • Midway through the third quarter, Tech was fortunate when punter Alex Reyes dropped the snap. KU had the return on, so Reyes was able to recover and boot the ball, and it was downed on the Jayhawks' two.
  • Tech trailed 30-11 at halftime despite accumulating 291 yards to KU's 194. But the Jayhawks had no turnovers, and the Raiders coughed the ball up four times -- three interceptions and a fumble.
  • Wide receiver Charles Gordon's gadget TD pass to Brandon Rideau before halftime was his first career completion. Gordon threw two incomplete passes on similar razzle-dazzle plays last season.
  • On fourth-and-one at the KU 20 with 6:07 remaining before halftime and Texas Tech trailing 17-5, Tech coach Mike Leach eschewed a field-goal attempt, but KU's defense stopped quarterback Sonny Cumbie's quarterback sneak for no gain, and the Jayhawks took over.
  • Kansas has surrendered only five points in the first quarter this season -- the five Tech scored Saturday.
  • KU kickoff return specialist Greg Heaggans suited, but didn't play. Heaggans didn't make the trip to Northwestern last week following a DUI arrest.
  • Backup strong safety Jerome Kemp started as Kansas' fifth defensive back. KU also opened with four defensive ends and two linebackers, but the Jayhawks utilized several other defensive looks later.
  • Cesar Rodriguez, a 6-foot-7, 280-pound red-shirt freshman, made his first collegiate start, opening at right offensive tackle for the Jayhawks, replacing Travis Dambach. Rodriguez was hit with a holding penalty on the first play of the second quarter and was whistled later for a false start.
  • Hal Dowden of Heavener, Okla., was the referee in charge of the seven-man officiating crew assigned by the Big 12 Conference. Topekan Brad Horchem, a former Kansas State defensive back, was the side judge. ... Kickoff temperature was 84 degrees under bright, sunny skies with a slight breeze out of the north. ... The crowd of 37,422 was the smallest of the season. KU had a little more than 40,000 for each of its first two home games against Tulsa and Toledo.

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