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5 key developments from Texas Tech's 2-OT win against Kansas

The Red Raiders continue to suffer damage from high penalty totals

Posted: November 11, 2012 - 9:56pm
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Dirty laundry

Texas Tech was hurt by penalties on Saturday during its 41-34 double-overtime win against Kansas, getting flagged seven times for 74 yards.

The Red Raiders are the most penalized team in the Big 12 Conference, averaging 70.8 yards in penalties per game. To contrast, Kansas State, the league’s least penalized team, is being flagged for only 25.1 yards per game.

Turning nowhere

One of the biggest problems for the Texas Tech defense has been in its inability to create turnovers.

The Red Raiders have gone three straight games — and four out of their last five — without forcing their opponents to cough the ball up. Tech’s minus-five turnover ratio this season is ninth in the Big 12, ahead of only Oklahoma State.

Clean bill of health

For the first time in several games, Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville reported no injuries after Saturday’s win.

The Red Raiders were without CB Cornelius Douglas, TE Jace Amaro, NB Jarvis Phillips, DT Dennell Wesley and LB Terrance Bullitt missed the game against Kansas, but it’s unclear when any of those players could return. Tuberville said Bullitt’s status is “week to week.”

Climbing the charts

After throwing for 476 yards on a career-high 45 completions on Saturday, Tech quarterback Seth Doege has moved up a number of Texas Tech passing lists.

The senior needs to average just 186 yards per game in Tech’s final three contests — including a bowl game — to move past Robert Hall into third all-time on the school’s passing list. With 64 career touchdown passes, Doege is third on that list at Tech.

Ward scorching

Texas Tech junior wide receiver Eric Ward has been Mr. Dependable for the Red Raiders this season.

On Saturday, his 180 yards receiving were the most by a Tech player in a Big 12 game since Michael Crabtree had 195 against Texas in 2007. Ward’s third straight 100-yard receiving game marked the first such stretch since Crabtree achieved the feat in 2007.

Compiled by Nick Kosmider

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1. Bad effort 2. Bad coaching 3. Chop blocks 4. Dropping passes inside the 10-yard-line 5. Slapping students 6. Lying about it like Robmehood and Lyin' Ryan

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