LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — How costly Texas Tech's 54-16 victory over Kansas is going to be is not yet known.
Minutes after the No. 20 Red Raiders scored 54 straight points to swamp the hapless Jayhawks and remain unbeaten, coach Kliff Kingsbury said he could not be sure how badly quarterback Baker Mayfield was hurt. The true freshman had already passed for 368 yards when he was helped off the field with just seconds to go in the third quarter.
Mayfield has started every game for the Red Raiders (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) who are 5-0 for the first time since 2008 and possibly poised for a breakthrough season behind a true freshman walk-on.
"I just saw him limping off and he wasn't putting much weight on that (right) leg," said Kingsbury. "I've got to talk to the docs and see."
Mayfield was hurt when tackled while passing. There was no penalty. He hobbled very slowly off the field with someone helping him under each arm.
He was 33 of 51 with one interception.
With Mayfield in command after Kansas took a 10-0 lead, the Red Raiders surged, and went to 14-1 all-time against the Jayhawks (2-2, 0-1).
Kansas lost its 22nd straight Big 12 game.
"I thought Baker settled in and started finding guys," Kingsbury said. "The O-line played good the whole day."
Kansas coach Charlie Weis said the Red Raiders didn't change anything to ignite their offense.
"No, they didn't. And that's what bothers you the most," Weis said.
Backup Davis Webb threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Eric Ward and a 4-yard scoring pass to Dylan Cantrell. The Red Raiders also scored twice on short runs by DeAndre Washington while rolling up 518 total yards on an exhausting 100 plays.
The turning point may have come with about 5 minutes left in the second quarter when the score was tied 10-all and Kansas punter Trevor Pardula, facing a fourth-and-12 from the Kansas 17, fielded the snap but took off running. The junior kicker, who two weeks earlier averaged a school-record 57.6 yards on five punts, was tackled on the 16 and a moment later Mayfield scored on a 19-yard quarterback draw.
"It was based on whether something happens, you have to take it," Weis said. "And he kind of got caught in that gray area. In hindsight, he wouldn't do it. But if he had a certain look, he was able to do that."