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Red Raiders start well but can't keep up with Aggies

Tech scored first for the first time since its second game of the season, but it couldn’t score nearly as often as Texas A&M.

Posted: October 31, 2010 - 12:09am
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Texas A&M’s Charlie Thomas, rear, and Toney Hurd Jr. tackle Texas Tech’s Alexander Torres during the Aggies’ 45-27 win on Saturday at Kyle Field in College Station.  John A. Bowersmith
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Texas A&M’s Charlie Thomas, rear, and Toney Hurd Jr. tackle Texas Tech’s Alexander Torres during the Aggies’ 45-27 win on Saturday at Kyle Field in College Station.
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COLLEGE STATION — For the first time since the first half of September, starting slowly on a Saturday wasn’t a problem for Texas Tech.

At issue in the Red Raiders’ worst loss of the season was everything that happened afterward.

Tech scored first for the first time since its second game of the season, a win against New Mexico on Sept. 11, but it couldn’t score nearly as often as Texas A&M in a 45-27 loss to the Aggies in front of 84,479 fans at Kyle Field.

“I thought we came out a little bit stronger, with a lot more confidence, played pretty good, caused a turnover or two,” Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. “It looked like we had the game under control, but it just flipped on us real quick.”

Tech forced a three-and-out and a turnover on downs on the Aggies’ first two offensive series, then took a 7-0 lead

midway through the first quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Eric Stephens. On the second play of the ensuing possession, Cody Davis stripped Texas A&M receiver Brandal Jackson in Aggie territory.

The Red Raiders (4-4, 2-4 in Big 12 Conference) were on the verge of going up 14-0 shortly thereafter, but Trent Hunter forced a Stephens fumble into the end zone, where A&M’s Garrick Williams recovered.

The Aggies (5-3, 2-2) scored on that possession and their next two, never relinquishing their lead after that point.

“Play of the game, there’s no question about it,” A&M coach Mike Sherman said of Stephens’ fumble. “One play can make the difference in a ballgame like that. If they go up 14-nothing, we might have to play the game differently.”

Down 17-7 after the first two touchdown passes by Ryan Tannehill, who threw for a school-record 449 yards in his first start at quarterback for the Aggies, Tech tried to fight back in the second quarter. Taylor Potts connected with Lyle Leong for a 15-yard TD that put the Red Raiders within three with 5:33 left in the first half, and they got the ball back about four minutes later.

But Tech went three-and-out while taking only 37 seconds off the clock, then helped fuel a 60-yard touchdown drive by the Aggies with a pair of personal fouls. Davis was flagged for a big hit on A&M receiver Jeff Fuller, who couldn’t hold on to a deep ball on second-and-9 from the Tech 33-yard line, and Franklin Mitchem was penalized for a hit on Ryan Swope, who missed a tipped pass in the end zone on third down.

On the next play, Fuller caught his second TD pass to give the Aggies a 24-14 lead with nine seconds left in the half.

“That kills your momentum and puts a damper on everything,” Davis said.

Tech’s troubles continued in the second half. The Red Raiders got the ball first and stormed into Aggie territory on a 54-yard catch and run by Detron Lewis — a College Station native who finished with eight receptions for a season-high 111 yards — and Lewis nearly scored on the next play before fumbling the ball into the end zone.

“I hate for that to happen to him,” Tuberville said. “He made a great run to get us down there in the third quarter and then he made a very good catch, just got the ball outside of his body a little bit.”

A&M recovered again and dominated the rest of the third quarter, taking a 38-14 lead into the fourth. That’s when Leong caught two touchdown passes from Steven Sheffield, who completed 11 of 14 for 129 yards with an interception in his most extensive action of the season.

But the late offensive burst wasn’t nearly enough for the Raiders to avoid dropping to 2-4 in conference play for the first time since 2000, Mike Leach’s first year as head coach.

“Both sides, we scratched and clawed,” Tuberville said. “We just made way too many mistakes on both sides to give ourselves a chance.”

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Sheffield came in too late

Tuber stuck with Potts way too long.

Our running backs coach should resign. The backs have fumbled all year long, not just the A&M game.

It made my ears water to hear it on the radio. Pitiful.

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Another Sad Day

Yet another poor performance by our Red Raiders. It was nice to see Sheffield get an opportunity. Too bad some one in the administration must not like this young man. He has done nothing but be a field leader, yet he gets little opportunity. Very disappointed in the performance of the offense, little resemblance to the offense of the last several years. I know what we were told when Coach Tuberville was hired. The Troy State version is just not cutting it with the big boys. Defense, what defense? 5-7 at best. What a way to send Meyers out!! fitting

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The apathy starts

Fewer and fewer Tech fans (or should we say former?) care enough to even comment on how lousy the new coach is doing and the absolute nose dive the program is in.

Yea Hance!

Yea Board Prez!!

Yea Tuberville!!!

And, by the way, Sheffield's performance yesterday, after finally getting let off the bench, is sure makingTuberville's first and most important coaching decision, who to be his starting quarterback for the season, look like he knows what he is doing, eh?

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Downright embarrassed!!!!!!!!

Way to go Tubers! As I live near Aggieland I'm ashamed to say I went to Tech. And I don't wear the ring. I'm sure Iowa State fans used to feel the same way. Thanks alot Admin & Coach........

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Apathy

Myers and his neponistic hires emptied the United Spirit Arena. Hance and his co-conspirators are on track to empty the football stadium of the fans who were attracted by Mike Leach. (Winning and entertaining football.) Folks, get ready for another Jerry Moore era in Lubbock--all for the benefit of the egos of Hance, Myers, Bailey, Scovell, White, Anders, Sowell, and a few more. If you are a Techster or a friend of Texas Tech, you have been cheated by these people.

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Who Dat...

Taken from a text message I received yesterday: "Who dat gonna make teletubbies look bad" Received from a friend of mine, not local. Bad news travels fast. We are a nationwide embarrassment in the sporting world. And with regards to revenue, what is our TV revenue this year? I see we still have a head coach we are contractually obligated to pay 1.5 M. Coach Tubberville, the highest paid employee at Texas Tech.

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focus on important point

The one good thing to remember (most important to administration) is that our head coach now speaks appropriately to gerald, hance, bailey, mr. james (baby's dad), and others. Who cares about results? As for yesterday's game, I understand there were wind gusts of 7-8 mph. Certainly played a factor I'm sure

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National Tv

And then they want to put us on national t.v against a pissed off Missouri Team! MissourI + National T.V= DISASTER!!!!!!!

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LOL

"As for yesterday's game, I understand there were wind gusts of 7-8 mph." Ha! Touche'!!

We might as well LOL at what Hance's and the Board Prez's coaching hire is doing. --- The rest of the country sure is.

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LAY OFF TUBS

He soon will bring home lots of championships.

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Texas100

The big question is where will home be?

Wanttostayfan I think you got it a little wrong. He already used that excuse. He also used the excuse that the opponents slowed down his bumper car offense. I know, maybe the Aggie cheerleaders were winking and flirting with Tuber and he could not concentrate on the game. He seems to have that problem every game.

Tech's problem began in January (or maybe back in November or December) when Hance and his goon squad hired Tuber to wreck our football program. I guess Hance was tired of it being successful while the rest of his programs failed.

Oh well, we always have next week to look for. I should be a breeze.

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Hey defenders of this nonsense...

Where are you today? I've been watching TT football since the early 60's. Except for a couple of spells this is as bad as I've seen. For years everyone, including me, complained. Everyone wanted more wins, more excitement, more, more, more. Well we got it and then had it jerked away from us. Well here's my selfish side coming out, I feel real damn cheated. As an earlier post pointed out we were on the map, known about everywhere in the football nation. Well we still are but for different reasons. Leach and the Air Raid were too big for anyone at Broadway and University and they're not coming back. Question is how long are we expected to put up with what we've got now? Judging from the past probably a good while. I'd say by the time Weber State rolls in everyone will have seats on the 50. I I will keep going, I will continue to stay until the end and I will continue to complain until it changes. Fight Raiders Fight if you have any fight after having your team cleaned and gutted.

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Best Coach

The best coach in Texas and probably the Big 12 is at Baylor. We should try to work out something or some way to get Briles.

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Championships?

Remember when the Tumor came in and basically chastised Leach for never talking about championships? He made it a point to put in a new trophy case and said we needed to talk about championships. The problem with this program was we didn't think like a winner. That unless we started talking about championship we would never be one.

Did anybody see the Briles interview after their defeat of TU? The announcer asked him if this was his biggest win? He simply said...they are all big wins and that Baylor doesn't look at anything more than each game. They work on the little things each week to get better for that week. Hmmmmm.....they focus on week to week. He won't allow them to think about anything other than their next opponent. Seems to me while we're thinking about the big picture the little things aren't getting done. You know things like blocking & tackling.

So.....which program is closer to a championship? For the Tele-tubbies who look at things through rose colored glasses..this might surprise you but Baylor is closer. But.....we're talking championships......That's our coach Raider Nation......Big hat....No cattle.

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Super Scheffield

If anything positive came out of this loss,it was the play of Scheffield. Unfortunately Tubberville doesn't know when to pull the plug when needed. Once again you're killin us with your poor coaching decisions. Passive coach equals passive results....the few wins we've had have been less than convincing. Conservative coaching doesn't cut it in the Big 12! Tupperware offense...Tupperware results! No way can we blame our defense for a poor showing! They were on the field for more than 90 plays! OMG! No offense is pressure on the D! I credit them for showing up every week. Keep plugging away Red Raiders..hopefully you future will be in the NFL. Hats off to you Scheffield! You were my starter all along but Tubbs had his reasons for not believing in you and his reasons have cost us our dignity and our season. Shame on the coach.

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True fan

If you have decided you are no longer a Raider fan, you never were. True fans stick with the team in the bad times. You may as well buy a Longhorn T-shirt and be one those people who walk around Lubbock with no ties what-so-ever to UT. I almost forgot Texas is not that great this year. I guess you could become a Oregon fan I am seeing more Ducks shirts around town.

I liked Leach, he is gone GET OVER IT!

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ALWAYS A FAN BUT....

i will alway continue to be a fan...but what Kent Hance did because of his ego and campus expansion legacy was disgraceful.Quite often there is a price to pay when things are turned upside down.

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Championships at Tech?

To JimmyT: "Leach and the Air Raid were too big for anyone at Broadway and University and they're not coming back." Aside from the Oklahoma State version of the Air Raid that bombed Tech in Jones Stadium two weeks ago, no, sadly, those days won't be seen under this current coaching regime.

To Grumpy: Didn't Coach Briles actively pursue the Tech head coaching job? I think he did, but Tuberville was the annointed one from the git go, so Briles or any other candidate had no chance of being hired.

Only a couple of seasons ago, Texas A&M and Baylor fought hard to stay out of the division basement, but now with Tech under new management neither will probably have to worry about it for awhile. Sad days indeed. Not all Techsans agree that the firing of Coach Leach has devastated the football program. For me, I would like to hear from the anti-Leach / pro-Tuberville camp all the positive indicators that suggest the football program is in better hands with this current staff. I'm willing to bet any response will be predicated on Tuberville's record at Auburn, ESPN's shameful conduct against Coach Leach, and all the potential championships Tech football will win under Tuberville. . . all while the obvious fact screams Tech is dead last in the South Division!

With respect to Chris Wall, "I'd rather be Red Raider in New Mexico than be a Mule Rider from Southern Arkansas."

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Well said Bob C. This program

Well said Bob C. This program is taking a nose dive because a few grown men couldn't get along. What a great lesson for our student athletes. When the going gets tough just quit and start over. Move over Aggies as we just replaced you as the worse football program in this great State.

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Hindsight is 20/20

Art Briles is not going anywhere, he is building a successful program at Baylor. Just like he said he was going to do. Why would he or anyone want to come be the coach at tech with this administration, one of them is leaving but thats not enough. Theres still some trash that needs to be taken out. Wheres that idiot bar none and hotrodtrucks today.

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Seems like each week is worse

I will always root for Tech but I also will always call a poor coach a poor coach---Tommy is a poor coach---even us fans know you don't take a Corvette and use it like a tractor.---Where is the great defense that is going to bring speed and turnovers to win the day instead of using a great passing attack that sets up the run. We have a run up the middle on first or second down and try to get 8 or 10 yards or more on every pass.---Weber State better watch out we are gunning for them.

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Solution!!!

Quick call Jerry Jones and tell him Tuber is available and then call Karl Rove and tell him Kent Hance and Alberto Gonzales are both available and then, most importantly, on Tuesday go vote for anybody but perry so it will not happen again.

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texas 100

Who else but the head coach is responsible for this mess he calls football? Please enlighten us.

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... and it won't be getting better anytime soon!

I've held back from commenting in the past, mainly becuase I was so incensed by the idiocy of Hance and his gang of losers. Tumor has the best of both worlds, though. His job is secure knowing that no matter how horrible a job he does, they'll never get rid of him anytime soon. Hance and his losers aren't about to admit being wrong by removing the Tumor! How sad for our wonderful young athletes to insinuate that Techs woes will be solved with more recruiting time to fix everything when Leach did just fine for 10 years with what we already had! I actually feel sorry for the Tumor being used at the expense of Hance and his idiots. What a classic case of the Emperor's new clothes this turned out to be. The reason there aren't anymore pro-Tumor supporters out there commenting as one previous poster mentioned is because there aren't any. When will the Tumor realize he's not wanted here and that he's just an extension of the Hance cancer at Tech?

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Shameful season

My biggest complaint is the lack of accountability in this coaching staff. Every week its a new excuse. We have athletes out there on offense, thats a fact. Something changed over the last year and it has a lot to do with the sub par offensive sceme we are running out there.

Also, the lack of attention to detail is appalling! Dropped passes, multiple fumbles, ONSIDE KICKS RETURNED FOR TD's! We look like a bunch of clowns out there. A couple years ago we were on ESPN and FOXsports for being the number one offense in the land. Now the only time I hear about Tech on TV is when we make a bonehead play or if its about a Leach update. We have become the laughing stock of the NCAA football world.

In a year like this with all the teams in the south having their struggles I would have loved to have Leach's offense and a Ruffin D out there to competitive.

Hope things get better. I sure hate spending my afternoons watching and listening to the junk "football" we are presented week after week.

And yes I am a true fan, Alum, and a flag waving red raider.

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