Here's a short Q&A with Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill, a Big Spring product. Tannehill grew up a Texas Tech fanin West Texas but wasn't recruited by Mike Leach.
The questions and answers were provided by the A&M athletics department:
Question: I know your parents went to Texas Tech, what was your home like growing up in West Texas?
Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville and offensive coordinator Neal Brown both commented following Saturday night’s 45-40 loss to Texas A&M about a slew of Aggie injuries that slowed the pace of the game.
“Kind of slowed us down a little bit,” Tuberville said Saturday. “Kind of interesting they’d go down and come back the next play.”
Brown went a step further, saying the injuries were a factor working against Tech. He said it was “kind of ironic how they would have these bad injuries and then they would be back two plays later.”
Texas Tech junior flanker Darrin Moore is expected to play Saturday against Kansas State, Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said.
Moore suffered knee and ankle injuries against Nevada on Sept. 24 and missed most of that game as well as the last two weeks.
He practice last week and was in uniform Saturday but didn't play. Tuberville said he wanted to use Moore in goal line situations but no opportunities arose.
Texas Tech junior running back Eric Stephens is out for the rest of the season after suffering a knee dislocation in Saturday's game against Texas A&M, Tech announced Tuesday.
Stephens was on pace to become Tech's first 1,000-yard rusher since Ricky Williams did it in 1998. Stephens had racked up 570 yards on 109 carries through five games. He'd also scored eight touchdowns.
He has not scheduled surgery, according to the Tech release, and is expected to return for his senior season.
Tech coach Tommy Tuberville had a few interesting thoughts about postgame handshakes, which were in the news after a Sunday spat between Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz and San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.
Schwartz took exception to Harbaugh’s exuberance after defeating the undefeated Lions at Ford Field and the two got in a shoving match.
Tuberville said Monday that there have been times that he’s been "uncomfortable" shaking hands after a game.
Deveric Gallington moved to center from right guard on the third play of Saturday’s game at Oklahoma to replace the injured Justin Keown.
Even though Gallington made a number of low snaps, he did well enough to help Tech topple the third-ranked Sooners.
Texas Tech is now 2-0 in games delayed by rain this season.
The Red Raiders waited out a 94-minute lightning delay Saturday in Norman, Okla., and waited through a 51-minute delay in Albuquerque, N.M., on Sept. 17.
“It was good having gone through one early in the season and knowing what it was like, especially in a big game like this,” junior wide receiver Alex Torres said. “Just stick to the game plan, go out, no panicking, no worrying about factors that we can’t control.”
Iowa State offensive tackle Kelechi Osemele will provide a hefty challenge for Texas Tech’s defensive ends this Saturday.
Osemele, a projected first-round NFL draft pick, is on the Rotary Lombardi watchlist as well as the Outland Trophy watchlist.
He’s 6-foot-6 and weighs 347 pounds.
“Well you need to make sure and keep your pads low,” Tech freshman defensive end Jackson Richards said. “It’s going to be a challenge for sure. We’ve got a good rotation going and hopefully we can keep that going and just do our best.”
Freshman strong-side linebacker Blake Dees and senior defensive tackle Donald Langley are both expected to return in time for Saturday’ game against Iowa State, coach Tommy Tuberville said.
Dees suffered an ankle injury and Langley a knee injury, both of which occurred during practice Thursday. Neither made the trip to Norman, Okla., last weekend.
“Blake Dees should be back,” Tuberville said. “Donald Langley should be back, but we’ll have to wait. There’s no way to predict how well ankles or knees are going to get in a short period of time.”
Texas Tech’s Nov. 5 game at Texas has been scheduled for 11 a.m. and will be televised on FX.
The game will be Tech's third road game played during the day. The Red Raiders are 2-0 in those games, beating New Mexico 59-13 and Kansas 45-34. All but two of Tech's games have been televised this season. The Red Raiders appeared on FX against Texas A&M, their first loss of the season.