More than just the opponents have given Texas Tech trouble in the first two games of the season. The Red Raiders have also had issues with their own sideline organization.

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:21pm

Texas Tech's defensive game plan for Saturday is simple: stop the run. When they play host to Arkansas at 2:30 p.m., the Red Raiders face an opponent that has averaged 324 rushing yards - good for No. 11 nationally - and 9.4 yards per carry.

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:16pm

Good news, bad news for Texas Tech wide receivers

Last week, Texas Tech offensive coordinator Eric Morris bemoaned a lack of blocking from his outside receivers. They were much better at that Saturday at UTEP, he said.

The down side is the Red Raiders got zero catches from split ends D.J. Polite-Bray and Devin Lauderdale.

“They (the Miners) played press man a large majority of the game,” Morris said. “We’ve got to win on some of those deep balls.

Jackson made plays everywhere on Tech's game-ending defensive stand

The key player in Texas Tech’s game-ending stand Saturday to hold off UTEP had to be defensive end Branden Jackson. A long kickoff return with a facemask penalty thrown in gave the Miners possession at the Tech 33-yard line with 2:23 left, and Jackson showed up on three of the next four plays as the Red Raiders held on to win 30-26.

McElrath holds own at noseguard, makes case for more time

With Texas Tech’s noseguard 1-2 of Jackson Richards (ankle) and Rika Levi (knee) both missing Saturday’s game, defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt allocated their snaps to junior-college transfers Keland McElarth and Marcus Smith and sophomore Anthony Smith.

The results were mixed: UTEP rushed for 277 yards, but McElrath showed some playmaking and agility while getting credit for eight tackles and a quarterback pressure.

Sideline, organization issues bug Tech each of first two games

More than just the opponents have given Texas Tech trouble in the first two games of the season. The Red Raiders have also had issues with their own sideline organization.

In a 42-35 win against Central Arkansas, Tech twice had to spend timeouts on defense to get the right personnel in the game. Then in Saturday’s 30-26 victory at Texas-El Paso the Red Raiders were penalized on back-to-back plays: once for having two players in the game with the same number and then for sideline interference.

Duplicate-numbers penalty prompts Tech to switch several players' uniform numbers

Texas Tech was penalized Saturday for having two players in the game simultaneously wearing the same jersey number, so the Red Raiders have changed several players’ numbers this week to limit the chance of it happening again.

Those switching are linebacker Andre Ross from No. 2 to No. 36, receiver Cameron Batson from No. 13 to No. 80, cornerback Jah’Shawn Johnson from No. 14 to No. 29 and linebacker Sam Atoe from No. 21 to No. 25.

OPPONENT WHEN WHERE Central Arkansas Aug. 30 Lubbock The Red Raiders held off the FCS Bears for an "embarrassing" 42-35 win UTEP Sept.

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 12:16am

Justin Stockton ran only eight times, but gained 135 yards and on the Red Raiders’ game-winning drive he broke off runs of 20 and 24 yards back-to-back.

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 3:58am