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Five key developments from Tech vs TCU

Noteworthy facets from Thursday's game

Posted: September 14, 2013 - 10:49pm  |  Updated: September 15, 2013 - 3:44am
Texas Tech's Baker Mayfield looks to get around TCU's Marcus Mallet during their game on Thursday in Lubbock. (Stephen Spillman/AJ Media)  Stephen Spillman / AJ Media
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Texas Tech's Baker Mayfield looks to get around TCU's Marcus Mallet during their game on Thursday in Lubbock. (Stephen Spillman/AJ Media)
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Each week, we break down Texas Tech’s most recent game to find five key developments pertaining to the Red Raiders. Here are five facets that were noteworthy from Tech’s 20-10 home victory Thursrday against TCU:

1. Defense

The Texas Tech of the past was known for its Air Raid offenses and prolific number of yards per game. So far, the Kliff Kingsbury era, while holding some offensive excitement, has been sustained by the defense. Against SMU, Tech had five sacks. Against SFA, the team got its first two turnovers of the season. And Thursday night against TCU, the Red Raider defense held a top-25 team to only 10 points.

2. Offensive Plan

When asked how the team transitioned from one freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield to Davis Webb, junior tight end Jace Amaro replied that head coach Kliff Kingsbury has one game plan and will not change it for whoever is in the game. This team knows the plan and is confident in what it can do with the plan – like snap out of a funk late in the fourth quarter against TCU and score 10 points to solidify the win.

3. Jakeem Grant

The sophomore wide receiver finished with only 38 yards, but he was a key component in aforementioned plan for Texas Tech. He had a clutch one-handed grab to get the Red Raiders a first down. On one run, he dodged two would-be TCU tacklers, then seriously faked out another. Maybe he could have been the one who taught Baker Mayfield how to shake ‘n bake.

4. Penalties

Whoa, nelly. Both teams combined for 23 penalties for a total of 204 yards. TCU and Texas Tech both made key plays but shot themselves in the foot after and weren’t able to capitalize on big opportunities. It became habit to check the field for a yellow flag after every play, especially high-yardage plays. So far this season, Tech has received 28 penalties for a total of 275 yards.

5. Le’Raven Clark

The offensive line has taken a bit of heat but on Thursday night, sophomore offensive lineman Le’Raven Clark played a key role that could go unnoticed. Clark was face to face with the reigning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, sophomore defensive lineman Devonte Fields. Clark pushed Fields out wide constantly throughout the course of the game, not allowing Fields to swim through and reach his quarterback. Fields only recorded three tackles in the game.

Compiled by Krista Pirtle

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