Texas Tech sophomore Micah Awe played most of the game Saturday against Oklahoma at Raider outside linebacker, taking over after starter Terrance Bullitt got hurt in the first quarter.
Awe had not played outside linebacker since his junior year in high school. He’s been a middle or, at least inside, linebacker ever since.
“I’ve never had to set the edge,” Awe said Tuesday. “I had to adjust on the fly.”
Texas Tech senior Ryan Erxleben is back among the Big 12’s top punters, ranking fourth in the league with a 43.1-yard average. He’s rebounded nicely from the jolt of losing his job — he’s a fourth-year starter — for a couple of weeks earlier this season.
“That was pretty tough,” he said. “I felt like I was getting a character test. At that point, I didn’t know what the future held, but I knew God held it and I just put my faith in him. I just held my head up, did the best I could and hoped for the best.”
Six Texas Tech exes are with NFL teams who have open dates this weekend, so the possibility exists the Red Raiders could have some famous faces on the premises for Saturday’s game against Oklahoma State.
None are certainties to show up yet.
“I don’t know,” Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “I haven’t talked to any of them, but that would be cool if a couple of them came back.”
Texas Tech coaches and players said Monday they don’t begrudge Oklahoma its spirited celebration at the end of the Sooners’ 38-30 victory Saturday.
In what’s become a common scene in the series lately, the winning team began dancing to House of Pain’s “Jump Around” that blared over the stadium speakers. Quite a few fans did, too. The music and gyrating broke out after OU got a fourth-down stop with 39 seconds left, then took a knee to run out the clock.
Tech defensive end Branden Jackson said it wasn’t out of line.
Ever since Michael Brewer made a brief appearance three weeks ago, playing two series against Kansas, some have anticipated more playing time for the sophomore quarterback.
Not only has it not happened, but Davis Webb will start his fourth game in a row this week, Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said, and Webb and Baker Mayfield have taken the first- and second-team snaps in pre-game warmup. Brewer has suited up each of the last four games.
I asked Kingsbury on Monday if Brewer, who missed nearly all the August and September practices with a back injury, is fully available.
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury seldom gives very detailed information regarding injuries and time frames for player returns, but he indicated on Monday that defensive lineman Dartwan Bush is doubtful for this week.
Bush suffered a sprained knee in the Oct. 12 game against Iowa State and has missed the last two games. The Red Raiders could have used him Saturday against Oklahoma, whose 526 yards with 277 rushing were season highs against Tech.
NORMAN, Okla. -- Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury readily acknowledged last week that he's happy to use the words of skeptical media to motivate his team.
So Saturday's edition of the Oklahoman should be right up his alley. The newspaper's Sooner Pregame wrap featured the word "OVERRATED" in all capital letters and large print above a photo of Kingsbury. Columnist Jenni Carlson then made that case while saying it's good to have the Red Raiders back among the Big 12 contenders and Lubbock a tough place to play again.
Texas Tech has 1,700 tickets remaining for its Nov. 2 home game against Oklahoma State, Tech spokesman Blayne Beal said at the end of the day Wednesday.
Beal also said Tech has sold nearly 20,000 from its allotment of 24,000 tickets for the Nov. 16 game against Baylor in Arlington. Only a limited number of lower-level seats are left in Tech’s stock.
Beal said Tech sold 17,000 tickets for last year’s Baylor game in Arlington.
Texas Tech’s Kerry Hyder was rewarded with first-team All-Big 12 recognition last season after he led the league’s defensive tackles in sacks (six) and tackles for loss (14).
Now a senior, Hyder’s on pace to top his tackles for loss number with 10 through the first seven games. Nationally, only two players listed as defensive tackles or nose tackles — Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald and Wake Forest’s Nikita Whitlock, a Texan from Wylie — have more TFLs.
Zach Winbush has replaced newcomer Andre Ross as Texas Tech’s backup bandit outside linebacker and has a chance to stay there for a while. Winbush played about 10 snaps Saturday in Tech’s 37-27 victory at West Virginia, giving relief to starter Pete Robertson.
Ross didn’t travel to West Virginia. Before Saturday, Ross had played in every game this year except against TCU, which he missed with an injury.