Texas Tech suffered one of the losses it can least afford — an offensive line starter going down — in Saturday’s game against Texas State. Starting left guard Alfredo Morales was carted off in the second quarter with an injury to his lower left leg or ankle.
After the game, Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said he did not have an update on Morales’ condition.
Tech running back Kenny Williams was running up behind Morales, and Texas State defensive end Michael Odiari fell across the back of Morales’ lower leg.
Tech medical staff put Morales onto a cart and inflated an air cast around the injury.
True freshman Baylen Brown replaced Morales.
Offensive line probably is the team’s thinnest position group. Tech lost starting right guard Beau Carpenter with an ankle injury late in the season opener against SMU, and he missed his third straight game Saturday.
Kingsbury said Carpenter will be back next week.
Tanner Jacobson made his first career start, replacing strong safety J.J. Gaines, who did not play. Jacobson had a hand in six tackles, tied for second-most on the team.
“Tanner did a great job,” linebacker Will Smith said. “That kid comes to practice every day prepared. You can tell he’s going to be a leader in the future. He comes every day ready to work, doesn’t complain about anything, listens and rarely makes a mistake. He’s a hard-working guy.”
Jacobson is the third true freshman walk-on who has played for the Red Raiders this season, the others being quarterback Baker Mayfield and running back Armond Weh-Weh.
Gaines was out with a knee injury, head coach Kliff Kingsbury said. He was on the sideline in his jersey, no pads and wind pants.
“He had a little something in his knee,” Kingsbury said, “but it was a lot less than what we thought initially. He’s walking around and looks good. So I expect him back early next week.”
Backup cornerback Jeremy Reynolds also missed the game but was on the sideline.
Inside receiver Jordan Davis (hamstring) returned to action after suffering an injury in the season opener against SMU.
White at home
Texas Tech took the unusual step of wearing white jerseys in a home game, part of the “White Out” game theme and “Celebrate Cotton” promotion in which the athletic department asked fans to wear white to the game.
The Red Raiders wore black helmets and black pants with the white tops.
The norm in college football is the home team wearing colored jerseys and the visitors wearing white tops, but the home team gets to choose.
Not that hurt
Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said at the beginning of last week that multi-purpose player Sadale Foster might miss the Texas State game with a calf strain, but Foster played and showed no ill effects.
His biggest contribution was catching a 44-yard pass from Davis Webb late in the first half, which set up a field goal. Foster got behind coverage, and Webb was able to unleash a deep throw despite being hit from behind just as he released the ball.
Foster also caught a pass for 11 yards and returned a punt for 19.
More dirty work
The blocking of the Texas Tech receivers was instrumental in the Red Raiders’ 20-10 victory against TCU in week three, and it showed up again Saturday.
Split end Derreck Edwards turned a short catch into a 46-yard gain in the third quarter. Edwards got 33 of those yards after tight end Jace Amaro peeled back and made a crushing block on a Bobcats free safety Aaron Matthews, who was knocked off his feet and parallel to the ground.
“It’s a big body moving at a fast pace,” flanker Bradley Marquez said. “He can do that to some people. It was just good block by him, hustling.”
Announced attendance was 60,997, a Jones AT&T Stadium record. … Derreck Edwards got second-team snaps at SE and caught three passes for 68 yards. Edwards and Shawn Corker have been competing for the job of Eric Ward’s backup throughout the first month, with Corker getting the second-team snaps the first three games. Corker caught one pass for 2 yards Saturday.
Compiled by Don Williams