Smith making do with what he has on injury-depleted defense

Texas Tech has at least a dozen players on the injury list going into Saturday’s game at No. 10 TCU. Eight are on defense, which doesn’t make preparation any easier for interim defensive coordinator Mike Smith.

“We’ve got no depth up front,” Smith said Monday. “Linebacker, we don’t have any depth. Corner, we don’t have any depth, so it’s really our whole defense.

“We’ve got what we’ve got. These guys are playing a lot of reps. That’s what it has to be, so I’m proud of the way they’re fighting.”

Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury puts TCU QB Trevone Boykin in the Heisman discussion

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin belongs in the Heisman Trophy discussion. The junior from West Mesquite is fourth in the FBS in individual total offense and gets high marks from Kingsbury for throwing only three interceptions to go along with 14 touchdown passes.

Kingsbury was asked Monday if Boykin, a frequent target of criticism last year, has made the biggest jump of any quarterback in the Big 12.

Red Raiders dodge penalty bug -- and its consequences -- for one week, at least

Texas Tech is the second most penalized team in the FBS, based on per-game averages for both penalties and yards. The Red Raiders were flagged only four times for 22 yards Saturday, though, which meant they dodged punishment after the 34-21 win against Kansas.

“We have a certain number of penalties that we either have some extracurricular after practice or we don’t, and we fell under that number,” Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday. “I don’t know if (the players) were more excited about winning or the fact they were under that number on Saturday.”

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury isn't sure if Jakeem Grant will play Saturday, but he is hopeful. Grant, a Texas Tech wide receiver, was injured during an off-campus incident early Sunday morning at El Fronteriso, in the 12000 block of U.S. 87 in Lubbock County. ...

October 19, 2014 - 6:34pm

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October 20, 2014 - 2:13pm

Branden Jackson welcomes teams to run on Texas Tech. He doesn't care how successful teams have been doing it. The Red Raiders defensive end knows those days are slowly coming to an end.

October 19, 2014 - 8:19pm

He has his own website. And Captain Ben Heeney showed up big time against the Texas Tech offense. The Kansas senior linebacker had 14 tackles, 12 solo, and an interception at the half.

October 18, 2014 - 10:13pm

DeAndre Washington's doing all he can to take a label off the Texas Tech program. You know, the one about how the Red Raiders do nothing but pass since they embraced the "Air Raid" 15 seasons ago.

October 18, 2014 - 10:47pm

Texas Tech ended its eight-game Big 12 Conference losing streak with a 34-21 win over Kansas. It was the first Big 12 win for the Red Raiders since this time last year. Furthermore, it gave the Red Raiders their first Big 12 win this season.

October 18, 2014 - 10:41pm

As Branden Jackson and Jared Kaster pulled the Red Raiders into a circle at the 50-yard line Saturday, the team chanted in unison with their helmets off and their emotions high. Every Red Raider gathered wanted one thing - respect.

October 18, 2014 - 10:36pm