Third quarter: Texas Tech 56, Kansas 14

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Is there such a thing as a mercy rule in college football?

Rule makers might consider such an amendment as we enter play in the fourth quarter. Texas Tech has already proved the legitimacy of their top 10 ranking and is cruising with a 56-14 lead.

After getting a defensive lift to put them ahead in the second quarter, Texas Tech's offense provided the knockout punch as expected after the break. Graham Harrell had passed for 386 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for another.

The binge was fueled by three third-quarter interceptions by safety Darcel McBath. The Red Raiders have raced away on a 42-0 scoring binge since the end of the first quarter.

The beating has become so one-sided that a sellout crowd at Memorial Stadium that was packed with Kansas fans has been streaming to the exits. The stadium is barely half-full as we begin play for the fourth quarter.

McBath's third-quarter production has continued a miserable day for Todd Reesing, who had thrown only five picks in 280 attempts coming into the game. Reesing had three in a period of less than 10 minutes in the third quarter to go with a fumble in the first half.

About the only encouragement for Kansas were back-to-back sacks late in the third quarter. Harrell had been sacked only once in more than 350 passing attempts.

I'm wondering how much longer Leach will keep Harrell in the game. Those last two plays should be a sign that maybe he should watch the rest of the game from the bench so he's ready for Texas next week.