Davis Webb looks good enough to be Texas Tech's starting quarterback on Saturday, at least. There's still no indication whether he will be.

September 30, 2014 - 10:09pm

Eight hundredths. The odds didn't seem to be in Zach Thomas's favor to make the NFL. At less than one, they seemed nearly impossible. But that 8-year-old boy playing for the "Mean Machine" in Pampa, Texas, in 1981 was set on defying those odds.

September 30, 2014 - 9:22pm

Four with starting experience make Tech guard slots a weekly battle

There’s no position on the Tech team with more depth and experience than guard, where four players have started: Alfredo Morales, James Polk, Baylen Brown and Dominique Robertson. And that’s not counting tackle Le’Raven Clark, who started a full season at guard.

Webb suited up, in full pads, for Red Raiders' Tuesday practice

Davis Webb looks good enough to be Texas Tech’s starting quarterback on Saturday, at least. There’s still no indication whether he will be.

Webb was suited up and in full pads, leaving the field with his teammates, when media were let in Tuesday to do post-practice interviews. Tech spokesman Blayne Beal confirmed that Webb did practice.

The uncertainty surrounding who'll start at quarterback Saturday for Texas Tech remains. Davis Webb is considered a game-time decision after suffering a left (non-throwing) shoulder injury last Thursday.

September 29, 2014 - 9:17pm

Each of Texas Tech's last two opponents has found an area to exploit in the defense and kept hammering away at it. Arkansas kept running the football to beat the Red Raiders. Oklahoma State kept throwing it deep.

September 29, 2014 - 9:16pm

Spate of dropped passes bites Texas Tech receivers

Texas Tech offensive coordinator Eric Morris said he counted nine dropped passes in Thursday’s loss at Oklahoma State.

“We dropped them at key times, too — some big third downs and some of our key players dropped some footballs,” Morris said. “It’s hard to win a game when you’re throwing it and you drop nine balls.”

One of the guilty parties was Jakeem Grant, who could have threatened the school single-game record for receptions. Grant caught a career-high 12 passes for 100 yards even after missing passes he could have caught on each of the Red Raiders’ first two series.

Cantrell's first start 'some really good, some really bad,' coach says

Sophomore wide receiver Dylan Cantrell made two eye-catching plays Thursday in his first career start for Texas Tech. He had a 33-yard gain making a one-handed catch while falling backward and a 17-yard gain to convert a second-and-17.

Those were his only receptions, though.

Now he just needs to be a more frequent threat.

Smith looks for better ball skills from young cornerbacks

Each of Texas Tech’s last two opponents has found an area to exploit in the defense and kept hammering away at it.

Arkansas kept running the football to beat the Red Raiders. Oklahoma State kept throwing it deep. The Cowboys hit six pass plays of 30-plus yards, and two more longer than 20, in Thursday’s 45-35 victory.

Most were on deep throws as opposed to short passes that receivers turned into big gains.