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October 30, 2014 - 1:01pm

Texas' offense just hasn't been the same this season. Concussions forced quarterback David Ash to give up football, and Dominic Espinosa, a 40-game starter at center, was lost for the season with a broken ankle in the opener.

October 29, 2014 - 6:19pm

Texas Tech middle linebacker Sam Eguavoen's lower-leg injury that he suffered in the Oct. 18 Kansas game forced interim defensive coordinator Mike Smith to add players to his usual three-man inside linebacker rotation of Eguavoen, V.J.

October 29, 2014 - 9:20pm

Brown shows versatility when injury put line in a bind

Texas Tech lineman Baylen Brown played nearly the entire second half of Saturday’s game against TCU at right tackle after starter Reshod Fortenberry’s back flared up.

The sophomore from San Antonio O’Connor has eight career starts at guard, but none at tackle. And Brown said he hadn’t practiced much at tackle either.

“Just had to adjust on the fly, yeah,” he said.

Brown moved to the flank from his usual right guard spot, and James Polk took over that position.

“It wasn’t too bad,” Brown said. “I thought I did well. Just keep working on it.”

Atoe, Jenkins on call again this week if starting linebacker can't go

Middle linebacker Sam Eguavoen’s lower-leg injury that he suffered in the Oct. 18 Kansas game forced Texas Tech interim defensive coordinator Mike Smith to add players to his usual three-man inside linebacker rotation of Eguavoen, V.J. Fehoko and Micah Awe.

Sam Atoe and Malik Jenkins made three tackles each in last week's 82-27 loss against No. 10 TCU. Atoe was credited with a sack and a quarterback pressure, and Jenkins made a tackle for loss.

Circumstances lead to Newbold's first action of season

With the temperature around 90 degrees and TCU throwing deep on many of its 45 pass attempts, Texas Tech substituted at cornerback more than usual last week.

Tevin Madison and La’Darius Newbold both saw some action on defense in relief of starters Nigel Bethel and Justis Nelson. It was the first game action this season for Newbold. The touted 2012 signee slipped to third team during the first half of the season and didn’t make the travel roster some weeks.

Pace of Big 12 offenses makes Red Raiders adjust cornerbacks usage

Texas Tech has largely dispensed with its field cornerback/boundary cornerback deployment in recent weeks.

Three weeks ago against West Virginia, Nigel Bethel played left corner and Justis Nelson right corner. In last week’s 82-27 loss at No. 10 TCU, Nelson played left corner and Bethel right corner, although backups gave both a breather.

The game before against Kansas, Nelson and Bethel alternated sides each series, but stayed on the same side of the field throughout a possession.

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October 29, 2014 - 4:08pm

Texas' 41-16 win last year against Texas Tech in Austin was bad enough for the Red Raiders for the loss itself and the margin. It was even worse for the offensive line, which gave up nine sacks.

October 28, 2014 - 7:59pm

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October 28, 2014 - 2:58pm