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Kansas at Texas Tech
When: 8:30 PM ET, Thursday, September 29, 2016
Where: Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, Texas

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes II leads the most productive passing attack in the country as Texas Tech opens Big 12 play against visiting Kansas on Thursday night. Mahomes, who has thrown for almost 500 yards per game to lead the nation, keys an offense averaging 61 points through the non-conference schedule and looks to extend the Jayhawks losing streak away from Lawrence, Kan., to 40 games.

Mahomes, a junior, boasts 14 touchdown passes and ran for another four while eight players posted at least 100 yards receiving. “He’s hard to tackle. He’s very well-coached. He’s got a ridiculous arm,” Kansas coach Dave Beaty told reporters of Mahomes. “He can throw it from anywhere, and he breaks rules, because he’ll throw it to the wrong guy and he’ll still put it in there.” The Jayhawks, who like the Red Raiders did not play last week, won their opener against over-matched Rhode Island before losing their last two contests, allowing a combined 80 points. Kansas must cut down on its turnovers to be competitive in the Big 12 after coughing up the ball 11 times in three games, tied for third-most in FBS.

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1. LINE: Texas Tech -28.5

ABOUT KANSAS (1-2): The Jayhawks have some offensive weapons when they are able to keep possession of the ball with junior quarterback Montell Cozart at the helm. Cozart has completed 68.6 percent of his passes, but had two interceptions in the loss to Memphis last time out, and Steven Sims Jr. (11 catches, 253 yards, four touchdowns) is his top target although the sophomore was held to two receptions at Memphis. Senior Ke’aun Kinner is the leading rusher with 134 yards, but freshman Khalil Herbert could get more opportunities after a 66-yard TD run last game.

ABOUT TEXAS TECH (2-1): Coach Kliff Kingsbury’s Air Raid offense is deep with talent and sophomore receiver Jonathan Giles emerged as the top threat with three touchdowns against Louisiana Tech last time out. Giles leads the team with 19 receptions for 346 yards and five scores while junior Cameron Batson (14, 197, three), junior running back Justin Stockton (10, 191, one) and junior Dylan Cantrell (11, 168, three) are all dangerous targets at Mahomes' disposal. The Texas Tech defense is giving up 531.3 yards per contest – 206.7 on the ground.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Red Raiders won 16 of 17 meetings against the Jayhawks, including nine in a row, but struggled to a 30-20 victory last year.

2. The Kansas defense has 29 tackles for loss in the first three games by 16 different players.

3. Mahomes is 307 passing yards away from becoming the fourth Texas Tech player to reach 8,000.

PREDICTION: Texas Tech 59, Kansas 24
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Kansas 1-2 L2 27.7 28.7 1-1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0
Texas Tech 2-1 W1 61.0 43.3 2-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-0
Last Meeting
Kansas Texas Tech
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/17/15 TTU 30 KU 20 475 145 330 576 222 354
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Kansas R. Willis 70.0 330 2 1
Texas Tech P. Mahomes II 58.0 354 1 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Kansas D. Mann 15 107 7.1 0
Texas Tech D. Washington 23 157 6.8 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Kansas T. Parmalee 5 84 16.8 1
Texas Tech Z. Austin 8 80 10.0 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Kansas T. Cox 1
Texas Tech R. Davis 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Kansas M. Cozart 67.6 484 5 3
Texas Tech P. Mahomes II 71.2 1493 14 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Kansas K. Kinner 24 134 5.6 1
Texas Tech D. Felton 22 156 7.1 3
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Kansas S. Sims Jr. 11 253 23.0 4
Texas Tech J. Giles 19 346 18.2 5
Touchdowns Player TD
Kansas S. Sims Jr. 4
Texas Tech J. Giles 5
Quickchart Matchup
Kansas Kansas Off vs  Texas Tech Texas Tech Def
Kansas 372 yards
Texas Tech 531.3 yards
Kansas 3.9 yards/rush
Texas Tech 5 yards/rush
Kansas 7.4 yards/attempt
Texas Tech 7.9 yards/attempt
Texas Tech Texas Tech Off vs  Kansas Kansas Def
Texas Tech 678.7 yards
Kansas 369.7 yards
Texas Tech 4.2 yards/rush
Kansas 4.9 yards/rush
Texas Tech 10.3 yards/attempt
Kansas 4.8 yards/attempt