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.
Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro on Monday was named the Big 12 Conference offensive player of the week for his performace in the Red Raiders’ win Saturday at West Virginia.
Amaro caught nine passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns.
The junior from San Antonio MacArthur now has caught a career-high nine passes in each of the last five games and eight passes in the game before that.
One of Texas Tech’s bright spots in the comeback victory Saturday was the play of cornerback Derrick Mays, who was terrific after he replaced struggling starter Olaoluwa Falemi midway through the third quarter.
Falemi was flagged three times for pass-interference penalties, the last nullifying an interception by teammate Austin Stewart. The series after that, Bruce Jones moved from boundary (tight-side) cornerback to Falemi’s spot at field (wide-side) cornerback, and Mays took Jones’ spot.
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury credited defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt for making sound adjustments on the fly during the Red Raiders’ 37-27 victory Saturday at West Virginia.
Tech went from giving up 27 points in five possessions in the second and third quarters to giving up one first down in the last five series of the game. That gave the offense a chance to rally from a 27-16 deficit.
So how much did Wallerstedt chalk up to tactical changes and how much to the players simply executing calls better?
West Virginia’s Ford Childress, one of three quarterbacks the Mountaineers have started this season, will miss Saturday’s game against Texas Tech. Several West Virginia media reports said Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen made the announcement on his radio show, indicating that the redshirt freshman from Houston Kinkaid will be sidelined “for a while.”
Two weeks ago, a storyline for Texas Tech’s game at Kansas was how well the Red Raiders would handle their first 11 a.m. kickoff of the season, coming off four night games in a row.
With the Red Raiders playing their third consecutive 11 a.m. game Saturday at West Virginia, now it’s fair to ask if the the familiar routine will help.
Tech beat Kansas 54-16 and beat Iowa State 42-35 in the pre-noon kickoffs.