Texas Tech 30, Kansas 20

You might not believe it, but Kansas annually has one game where a far superior opponent stumbles over itself... yet the Jayhawks can't close the deal. It happened against Baylor in 2011, Oklahoma State in 2012, and TCU the last two years. Today was likely that game. Kansas fell behind 20-0. But K.U. actually pulled within 23-20 in the fourth quarter. The game also included this bizarre two-point conversion.

Kansas lost by ten. Kansas missed three field goals and an extra point. I can't speculate if the game would have ended the same way. But that's frustrating to leave ten points on the board and lose by ten points.

But, the Jayhawks showed some life, a glimmer of promise, that perhaps, maybe, there is light at the end of what seems like the longest tunnel. Ryan Willis threw for the most yards by a Kansas quarterback since Todd Reesing in 2009. His interception killed any chance at a win. But that happens with freshman quarterbacks. Willis managed multiple scoring drives and showed poise under pressure-- most of the time.
Ryan WillisBest passing performance in years
Joe GibsonGibson, the center, left with a nasty-looking ankle injury
Front sevenThe front-liners played better today, disrupting running plays and even getting into the backfield.
Special teams
KickersThree field goals missed, one extra point missed