Why Matt Wallerstedt chose the fourth quarter of close game to break in two new safeties

Texas Tech defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt picked a conspicuous stretch to insert safeties Jalen Barnes and Josh Keys for their first career defensive snaps: virtually the entire fourth quarter of a game that hadn’t been decided.

Barnes, a redshirt freshman, and Keys, a junior college transfer, went in with 12:58 left Saturday and Tech up 35-21. They played every snap the last two series, during which Central Arkansas drove 15 plays to get within 35-28 and nine plays to cut it to 42-35.

Wallerstedt said he wanted to get both some playing time.

Tech LB Payne enrolled for fall, possible late-season help

Texas Tech linebacker Chris Payne is enrolled in school for the fall semester, defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt said Monday, and could be a candidate to help the team late in the season.

Payne was on the sideline in jersey and shorts Saturday night during the Red Raiders’ 42-35 victory against Central Arkansas.

Levi 'day to day' with knee injury,

Texas Tech noseguard Rika Levi is day to day, coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday, with the right knee injury he suffered in Saturday’s season opener against Central Arkansas. 

“It wasn’t as bad as initially thought, which was good,” Kingsbury said. “So we’re going to brace him up and see how he’s feeling. But he’s day to day as of right now.”

Levi got hurt on his fifth play, a fourth-and-1 in Tech territory in the first quarter.

Raider Nation has cause for concern, especially after Texas Tech gave Kingsbury $22.9 million to sign a contract extension through 2020 this week.

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 10:52pm

The biggest adjustments this week to the Top 25 rankings come with newcomers Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma State

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On Friday, the school announced a $185 million fundraising campaign that would build a new indoor football practice facility

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 10:58pm

Red Raider transfer Michael Brewer strong for Virginia Tech (Talbot Blog)

Michael Brewer made it clear that he deserved to be the starter for Virginia Tech on its first drive.

The Texas Tech transfer led the Hokies on a 14-play, 84-yard scoring driving, capping it with his first of two touchdown passes, as Virginia Tech beat William and Mary 34-9 to open the season.

Steve Campbell’s football team led Texas Tech 16-7 in the first half before falling behind 21-16 at halftime. He told his Central Arkansas Bears to keep fighting, they were only five points behind a team that beat Pac 12 South champs Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl the last time Tech suited up....

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 1:30am

The Red Raiders were expected to win — and big. They are now 18-1 against FCS programs and scored an average of 40.6 points in winning their previous 11 season openers. 

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