INSTANT REACTION: Red Raiders roll past Kansas, 48-16

Red Raiders wide receiver TJ Vasher (9) catches a touchdown pass against the Kansas Jayhawks in the first half at Jones AT&T Stadium.Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Defense, return of Alan Bowman, T.J. Vasher on offense ruled the day for Texas Tech.

Texas Tech held serve by methodically pounding Big 12 bottom-dweller Kansas, 48-16 on Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium.

The Red Raiders were more than two-touchdown favorites and, while they didn’t ever hit the Jayhawks with an avalanche of points, the game was never in doubt in the second half either.

Texas Tech fans gave a loud cheer as freshman quarterback Alan Bowman ran out for the first offensive series of the game. Bowman didn’t disappoint as he completed 36 of 46 passes for 408 yards and 3 touchdowns. He threw an interception and lost a fumble, but at the end of the day, he did more than enough fuel a Red Raider win.

“I thought he knocked some rust off in the first half,” Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “I felt the last couple drives he was really locked in, made some nice throws. It was good to get him hit, so he feels comfortable again.”

Texas Tech’s offense showed its grit in the fourth quarter by answering Kansas’s first touchdown. The Jayhawks marched 80 yards in 12 plays for a score that cut the Red Raiders’ lead to 27-9 on the last play of the third quarter.

But Texas Tech punched back with a 4-play, 54-yard touchdown drive and Bowman finished it with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Antoine Wesley.

Wesley finished with 9 catches for 155 yards and the score. He had fellow wide receiver T.J. Vasher back in action as Vasher hauled in 5 catches for 79 yards and a touchdown.

“Really, I feel like there’s a difference when anybody else steps up,” Wesley said. “When (Vasher is) out there, it’s definitely fun.”

The Red Raiders defense gave up 308 total yards and surrendered 16 points. While those numbers will suffice on most days, perhaps the best thing Texas Tech’s defense did was hold Kansas to 10 points on its four trips into the red zone.

The Red Raiders came up with a Dakota Allen fumble recovery and a Douglas Coleman interception to stop two Jayhawk trips inside the Texas Tech 10.

“We gave them the ball twice inside the 10, and they got a total of three points, which is huge stepping up,” Kingsbury said. “When the offense is struggling, really not protecting the ball very well, that was a couple huge drives we were able to come up and make a stand.”