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Coach: Team better than it looked

Posted: October 11, 2010 - 12:18am
Texas Tech's  LaAdrian Waddle (65) tackles Baylor's Prince Kent\ (1) after an interception during their NCAA college football game at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010. (Miranda Grubbs/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal)  Miranda Grubbs
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Texas Tech's LaAdrian Waddle (65) tackles Baylor's Prince Kent\ (1) after an interception during their NCAA college football game at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010. (Miranda Grubbs/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal)
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Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville and his players are in agreement on one point: They’re a quality team.

As they swung into the October portion of the schedule, it was time to start showing it. Tech’s 45-38 victory against Baylor on Saturday at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas ended a two-game losing streak.

“It feels good to get ... No, it feels great to get back on the winning track,” Tuberville said. “We’ve had a much better team than what showed the last couple of weeks.”

The week of the season opener, Tuberville mentioned in passing that he thought Tech was a Top 25 caliber team. The Red Raiders (3-2, 1-2 in the Big 12) haven’t played with enough consistency in any facet of the game to allow that to happen.

On Saturday, when they gave up 427 passing yards and a special-teams touchdown for the second week in a row, they simply obliterated the mistakes with offense. Tech rolled up 635 yards and got off 95 plays, which were a seven-year high. Taylor Potts established career and Cotton Bowl stadium records with 462 passing yards.

“We’re a good football team,” said running back Baron Batch, who rushed for 97 yards, caught four passes and scored twice. “The two games we lost, mistakes killed us. We’re really good, and I think sometimes that gets overlooked, just the talent we have on this team. Once we get it together, we get rolling, we’re going to be good.”

Even though Tech has beaten Baylor every year since 1996, Tuberville said Saturday’s win was important. Had Tech fallen to 0-3 in conference play, players’ confidence could have been in jeopardy.

“We made a lot of good plays, much better this week,” Tuberville said. “A lot more players played more consistent. The offense was outstanding the first half, and that was the key. We were able to just kind of score at will.

“The second half, defensively we gave up a couple of plays, but other than that they had a good half. We’ll take the win. We needed it. Get us going back in the right direction.”

Potts set a stadium record for passing for the second game in a row, a feat he also pulled off at Iowa State’s Jack Trice Stadium. Against Baylor, though, the Raiders were more well-rounded. They ran for 173 yards, and Batch and fellow running back Eric Stephens were more of a factor.

Stephens scored a 10-yard touchdown off a direct snap in the Wildcat formation, and Batch broke a tackle on the way to a 37-yard TD run.

“I think the biggest thing was we just got first downs,” Batch said. “In the past, you can’t do tempo if you don’t get first downs and you stop yourself and stall and get bad down-and-distance. I think we ran the ball really well on first down and that allowed us to kind of do what we wanted and keep them on their heels.”

Tech’s attack was helped by flanker Alex Torres’ return to form. The team leader in receptions last year, Torres had been limited by back problems the first month of the season. On Saturday, he caught seven passes for 82 yards and made some big plays: two touchdowns, plus a 38-yard gain in which he made a lot with good broken-field running.

“I hurt for a while,” Torres said. “I really struggled coming back, brought me down to earth. I kind of needed my team’s support and my coaches’ support, which it took to regain my confidence and get out there and play like I knew I can. They pulled me through some stuff. After all this, it’s good to be back.”


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College football
Who: Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State
When: 2:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Jones AT&T Stadium
TV: Fox Sports Plus (Suddenlink Cable channel 81)
Records: Oklahoma State 5-0, 1-0 in Big 12 Conference; Tech 3-2, 1-2
Last game: Oklahoma State beat Louisiana-Lafayette 54-28; Tech beat Baylor 45-38.
Last meeting: Oklahoma State beat Tech 24-17 last year in Stillwater, Okla.

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Congratulations Tech (Players)

Congratulations guys (players), I know you needed a win big time. You have a great team and talented players. Unfortunatley, you don't have leadership in coaching. Tubby and co. don't know how to utilize your strengths. One example is the special teams gaffe. If you had proper coaching, you would have known to down a live ball on an onside kick-off......


There was a Smart Coach That Worked Here

For ten years when you played Texas Tech, their coach was going to be smarter than your coach.

Observations from the Baylor Game:

1. Onside kick. Monumental Coaching Error.

2. Baron Batch gets hurt on the kickoff. And he's not a return back. Monumental Coaching Error.

3. Smith kid is the 2nd best player we have on defense. So he gets suspended. One bite rule not observed. Coaching Error.

4. I have thirteen more. But that's enough.

Get it?

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