Kansas Jayhawks Football Team Loses Home Game Against Texas Tech

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It appeared to be a big play at first.

Cole Ballard, a freshman quarterback from Kansas who had taken over for injured starter Jason Bean, hit tight end Jared Casey with a great ball.

Casey held the football in his hands for a brief while. However, Texas Tech defender Dadrion Taylor tore the pass out of Casey’s hands, negating any meaningful gain for the Jayhawks.

That moment summed up KU’s afternoon: on Saturday at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, the Jayhawks (7-3, 4-3 Big 12) lost 16–13 to the Red Raiders (5-5, 4-3) in a conference game that was always close but never quite in their control.

Texas Tech has now defeated KU four times in a row.

With three seconds left, Red Raiders kicker Gino Garcia hit the game-winning field goal.

Prior to then, the Jayhawks, trailing 10-0 at the half, tied the game with 13 straight points. Ballard had guided the Jayhawks on a 14-play, 77-yard drive that ended with Seth Keller’s game-winning field goal.

After a 6-yard run late in the first quarter, Bean was injured. He jogged off the field after holding his head for a while.

Bean returned to the game after KU freshman quarterback Ballard replaced him for two plays. However, Bean’s comeback was fleeting as Ballard took over as KU’s permanent replacement on the following drive after he was knocked out during a fourth-down run.