Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury made it clear from the start of his tenure that he won’t make a big to-do over whether his team gets its yards passing or rushing.
Good thing, because the rushing numbers might have driven him nuts last season.
Only once in 2013 did Tech have an individual rusher reach 80 yards — when DeAndre Washington, Sadale Foster and Kenny Williams ran for 88, 87 and 80 yards, respectively, against Iowa State.
In Saturday’s 42-35 win against Central Arkansas, Washington gave the Red Raiders their first individual 100-yard rushing performance in 24 games when he carried 20 times for 104 yards — both career highs for the junior — and a touchdown.
He had 12 carries for 94 yards by halftime.
“I think I did some good things early on,” Washington said. “Definitely (need to) work on finishing the game.”
Tech’s last 100-yard rushing performance before that came in week three of the 2012 season when Eric Stephens ran for 118 yards against New Mexico.
Kingsbury and offensive line coach Lee Hays downplayed the Red Raiders’ 184 rushing yards because Central Arkansas schemed more to play the pass than the run. But coaches acknowledged Washington nonetheless.
“DeAndre has turned into an every-down back that we feel confident doing anything,” offensive coordinator Eric Morris said. “We can run (him) inside, outside, gap scheme, zone scheme or throw the ball to him out of the backfield. ... He did really good in protection as well.”