Eric Stephens took the snap out of the wildcat formation, rolled to his right and threw a 3-yard jump pass to Darrin Moore for a touchdown in double overtime to lead No. 25 Texas Tech past Kansas 41-34 on Saturday.
Kansas quarterback Michael Cummings couldn’t connect with Tre’ Parmalee in the end zone on fourth-and-9 for Kansas to end the Jayhawks’ chances.
The Jayhawks (1-9, 0-7 Big 12) came from behind in the fourth quarter and sent the game into overtime tied 27-27 on a 32-yard field goal by Nick Prolago with under a minute remaining in regulation.
Seth Doege completed 45 of 59 passes for three touchdowns and 476 yards for Texas Tech (7-3, 4-3). He had one interception in the second quarter that seemed to give the Jayhawks belief they could upset the Red Raiders.
Tony Pierson had a career-high 202 rushing yards on 16 carries for Kansas, which lost its ninth in a row and 19th straight Big 12 game.
Pierson also got the longest run from scrimmage this season for the Jayhawks when he scampered 69 yards to set up James Sims 3-yard run that pulled Kansas within 27-24 with about nine minutes remaining in the game.
Sims, the junior from Irving, Texas, got his sixth game with more than 100 yards, becoming the first Jayhawk to do so since 1961. He finished with 127 yards on 30 carries.
The win ended a two-game skid for the Red Raiders, following losses to Texas and Kansas State.
Doege’s completion to Tyson Williams at the Kansas 20 with six seconds remaining in regulation was called back after a review because Doege’s knee hit the ground after he fumbled the snap. Then Ryan Bustin missed to the left by about a yard on a 41-yard field goal attempt in high winds that would have won the game at the end of regulation.
Texas Tech was 18th in the country in total defense coming into the game, giving up an average of 314 yards per game. Against the Jayhawks they gave up 419 yards.
For a second straight week, the Red Raiders had some trouble when they got into the red zone. Last week, in the loss to Texas, they went for field goals four times after they stalled inside the 20. This week they got two field goals after failing to get into the end zone.
Still, Doege threw touchdown passes of 9, 16 and 6 yards — one each to Jakeem Grant, Tyson Williams and Moore — to build a 21-7 lead for Texas tech in the second quarter.
A video clip of Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville went viral during the game. He’s seen knocking off the headset of someone along the sideline after the Red Raiders seemed to have difficulty getting the right personnel on the field. Tuberville said after the game he was just trying to get a man off the field.
Texas Tech’s offense was hit or miss in the first half. The Red Raider had three three-and-outs on three of their seven possessions. Yet at times Doege still was able to the offense down the field, despite a stiff south wind that at times gusted 50 mph.
Kansas pulled within 21-14 after Doege threw his ninth interception of the season. Brad McDougald picked off the pass in the middle of the field and returned it 32 yards to the Red Raiders 29 halfway through the second quarter.
A few plays later Cummings found Brandon Bourbon in the near-side flat and he ran it in for a 10-yard touchdown.
On the Jayhawks’ next possession, Pierson juked diagonally across the field for a 49-yard run that led to a 22-yard field goal for Kansas to whittle the lead to 21-17 going into halftime.
On Doege’s second touchdown pass he moved into third place all-time at Texas Tech. His 63rd touchdown pass came when he hit Tyson Williams in the back corner of the end zone to put the Red Raiders up 14-7 early in the second quarter.