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Tech survives 41-34

The Kansas Jayhawks rallied late to overcome a 10-point fourth quarter deficit and force overtime, but it wasn't enough.

Senior safeties D.J. Johnson and Cody Davis played their last game at Jones AT&T Stadium on Saturday.

Texas Tech senior safety D.J. Johnson deflected the Jayhawks' last second shot at the end zone in double overtime.

“I didn’t realize I was up that high or I would have tried to intercept it,” Johnson said.

As the ball fell to the turf, so did the Jayhawks' hopes of notching their first Big 12 win of the 2012 season, and their first in 19 tries.

“These seniors, it’s only fitting they can win an extra-inning game at home,” Tuberville said.

Junior wide receiver Eric Ward was once again a bright spot for the Red Raiders, hauling in 12 catches for 180 yards.

"That play he made right before the field goal to try the end the game was a huge catch," Tuberville said.

Darrin Moore added nine catches for 74 yards and two scores, including the game winner.

The Red Raiders appeared to have the game in hand with a 10-point lead with just over 10 minutes left in the game, but a 69-yard Tony Pierson run set up a first and goal and quickly changed things.

“They made us earn it,” Tuberville said.

Pierson averaged 12.6 yards against the Red Raiders with 206 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries. However, on a third down in double overtime, Pierson couldn't get around sophomore linebacker Blake Dees.

“We never really stopped that option play except right there at the end," Tuberville said. "We stopped it one time.”

The stop by Dees was pivotal for the Red Raiders because it gave the Jayhawks a 4th and nine, forcing them to pass - something they hadn't done well all game.

The Red Raiders held the Jayhawks to just 29 passing yards, but gave up nearly 400 on the ground (390).

"I think the whole thing about our defense today, our back-side pursuit didn’t tackle well," Tuberville said. "We looked like we were running in mud a little bit."

With the win, the Red Raiders improve to 7-3 on the season and 13-1 all-time against the Kansas Jayahwks. The Jayhawks fall to 1-9, 0-7 in Big 12 play.

The Red Raiders travel to Stillwater, Okla. to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys next Saturday.

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