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LAWRENCE, Kan. --- It's one down and three to go in a brutal four-game swing that'll either ruin the season for Texas Tech or thrust the Red Raiders squarely into the national championship hunt.

With Graham Harrell throwing for 386 yards and five touchdowns and a swarming defense forcing Todd Reesing into his worst game since high school, No. 8 Texas Tech pasted No. 19 Kansas 63-21 on Saturday. The Red Raiders scored 49 consecutive points.

Next up for Texas Tech (8-0, 4-0 Big 12) will be No. 1 Texas, followed in order by No. 7 Oklahoma State and No. 4 Oklahoma.

"We're focusing on not looking ahead," said running back Baron Batch, one of 11 different receivers who caught passes in coach Mike Leach's seemingly unstoppable spread offense.

Harrell, the nation's No. 1 passer also scored on a 1-yard run for the Red Raiders, who rolled up 556 yards of total offense while matching their best start in 32 years.

"Here's the reality of it," Kansas coach Mark Mangino said. "We got a good old-fashioned butt-whipping today and we know that. You just get a day where the snowball starts rolling down the hill and before you know it, you've got no chance to stop it and it runs you over."

Darcel McBath intercepted three of Reesing's first four passes of the third quarter to snuff out any flickering hopes for the Jayhawks (5-3, 2-2).

Harrell's touchdown passes ranged from 55 yards to Edward Britton to 4 to Michael Crabtree. He also connected with Eric Morris on scoring tosses of 10 and 7 yards and found Crabtree on a tackle-breaking 16-yard scoring play.

"It's all about having fun," Harrell said. "When we have fun, we're at our best."

The Red Raiders' career passing leader was 34-for-42 with no interceptions.

"We went out and executed well. When we play like that, we're tough to beat," he said.

Kansas matched Harrell touchdown-for-touchdown through a first quarter that ended 14-14.

But the Red Raiders ripped off 49 unanswered points for their 10th victory in 11 games against Kansas, which had won 13 in a row at home.

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r11mcbell 10/27/08 - 10:12 am
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they have always had a good

they have always had a good offense since the days of Sonny. Now it looks like they finally have a defense. There games should certainly be interesting.

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