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Red Raiders football notebook: Douglas back on 'D'

Cornelius Douglas returned a fumble for a touchdown Saturday and was credited with three tackles in his first action on defense this season.

Posted: November 13, 2011 - 12:21am  |  Updated: November 13, 2011 - 1:56am
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Douglas back on ‘D’

Texas Tech junior Cornelius Douglas returned a fumble for a touchdown Saturday and was credited with three tackles in his first action on defense this season. Douglas moved from inside receiver to cornerback at the beginning of the week.

The 5-foot-9, 197-pound Douglas has made an offense-to-defense switch two years in a row to help out in a pinch.

“It was pretty tough,” Douglas said of the transition, “but I’ve got good coaches. They coached me up. I messed up on some things, but most of all they really showed me technique-wise what to do, what not to do.”

Happiness Osunde, a junior transfer from Kilgore College, switched from safety to cornerback last week. He got his most extensive playing time of the season and was credited with four tackles.

Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said Douglas struggled with press coverage, especially when he was lined up against Cowboys star receiver Justin Blackmon, but he found some bright spots.

“We’ve got to go with guys we feel like might be a little bit more mature,” Tuberville said. “Corn’s been around. Even though he’s played offense, I think he took some good angles and all those things in terms of really understanding football, and so did Osunde, who’s a little bit older. That’ll just give us a little more depth.”

Douglas’ touchdown came on the first series of the second half. Safety Terrance Bullitt caused a fumble by Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle. Linebacker Daniel Cobb missed a chance to pick it up, and then Douglas grabbed it and showed his offensive moves dodging tacklers on the runback.

“It was just a great play by the whole defense,” Douglas said, “and then I just happened to be there to pick up the ball.”


Injury update

Texas Tech inside receivers Aaron Fisher and Adam James and defensive tackle Donald Langley all left Saturday’s game with injuries. Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said Fisher suffered a season-ending knee injury. He said James hurt his ribs and Langley had a “bad ankle; might be a little bit more than that.”


Historic lows

Texas Tech’s previous largest margin to lose by was 53 points in a 56-3 drubbing by Nebraska in 2000. Tech’s 66 points allowed Saturday broke the record from a 65-21 loss to Oklahoma in 2008.

The 49-0 halftime deficit the Red Raiders faced is believed to be the largest.


In brief

Tech recognized 20 seniors and two juniors playing their final home game in pre-game ceremonies. Junior running back Harrison Jeffers is ending his career because of back problems, and junior linebacker Tanner Foster is ending early because he’s graduating. ... Honorary game captains were Louis Flores, Anthony Villareal and Chad Fleming from the Wounded Warrior Project and Medal of Honor recipient Sal Giunta.


Compiled by Don Williams

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Another all-time high

If the worst loss in school history isn't enough, this coaching staff has lead us to the most devastating injuries in history, too.

Thanks Kent Hance for bringing this coaching staff to what was once a fun team to watch. Won't be there any more.


Offense score no points

Wow a defense that was rated as low as ours holds our offense scoreless. This team has sunk to all time lows. Way to go Tubby.


The Clear Problem

The clear problem here is Neal Brown. Tubbs is a weak leader at best, but Brown may be the worst OC in all of football at any level. He is so predictable. Hey Brown I know why don't we run 3-7 yard out patterns or maybe another bubble screen. Ohhhh I know lets run a backside off tackle dive that takes soooo long to develop my grandmother could read the play and make the tackle. Fire Brown, he is on way over his head!


Inexperienced coaching

We took an experienced and veteran coaching staff and traded it for an inexperienced hodge-podge of coaches. Brown has 3 yrs OC experience and Glascow none. What did we think the results would be. You can't have a Mike Leach offense without Mike Leach. Massive failure by our leaders. They sold out to Anders/Sowell, James and ESPN.

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