Kansas coach Charlie Weis says there are no moral victories, but the believers of the Jayhawk football program have to be feeling better about the course of the program, after Kansas fell short in a heartbreaking 41-34 double overtime loss at Texas Tech, Saturday.
Yes, the loss is the ninth straight for Kansas (1-9, 0-7), who will look to finally get one next week in the home finale against Iowa State. But, the Jayhawks know they were that close to the upset.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Michael Cummings hit running back James Sims on a five-yard touchdown pass to give KU its first lead of the game at 34-27, after trailing as much as 14 in the first half. The defense, which had fought all day, needed just one more stop to steal the win.
It never came.
The Red Raiders scored on a one yard run by tailback Eric Stephens to tie the game and send it to a second overtime.
In double overtime, Tech scored on the first possession on a three yard touchdown reception by Darrin Moore to give them a 41-34 lead.
On the ensuing possession, the Kansas offense sputtered, gaining one yard on three running plays, before a last ditch pass was knocked down to seal their fate.
On the day, the Kansas running game was incredible, amassing 390 yards, including 202 from Tony Pierson on 16 carries. Sims set a school record, rushing for over 100 yards in six straight games, finishing with 30 carries, 127 yards and two scores.
Cummings was 6 of 15 on the day for 29 yards and two touchdowns.
Red Raiders quarterback Seth Doege was 45 of 59 for 476 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
Kansas hopes to build off Saturday’s momentum, next week against the Cyclones, who also loss Saturday at Texas 33-7.