Not giving it away
Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville disputed a claim Monday that center Justin Keown was tipping off Oklahoma State defenders about the Red Raiders’ play calling.
“He calls plays at the line of scrimmage,” Tuberville said of Keown. “He calls fronts and stuff like that. I’m sure what they did is they might have picked up on some things that he was saying as they were going and running.
“After you hear it long enough, you can figure out what’s going to happen. No, there was nothing to that. I would imagine when somebody figures something out, they’d feel good about themselves and say, ‘Hey, we knew what was coming there.’”
OSU linebacker Shaun Lewis told The Oklahoman on Saturday that he knew Tech was going to run a pair of draw plays to close out the first half.
“Those last two plays before the half,” Lewis said, “one of the D tackles told me that the center told him the play. It was going to be a draw twice.”
DeAndre Washington had runs of 11 and 6 yards to close out the half. The former was Tech’s longest run of the first half.
“We know what’s coming a lot of times, too,” Tuberville said, “but those were two of our better plays in the game. So if they figured it out, it didn’t help much.”
OK to make mistakes
Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown said Saturday that quarterback Seth Doege lost his confidence early in the 66-6 Oklahoma State loss.
On Monday, Doege said he tried so hard to not make any mistakes that he played worse.
“I can’t worry about whatever happens,” Doege said. “I need to worry about one play. If we throw the ball so many times a game, the worst thing I can do is throw an interception, that’s fine. I just need to go out there and compete and play my game and not worry about how many points they have on the board or what other things are going wrong.”
Injuries piling up
Texas Tech senior defensive tackle Donald Langley and sophomore inside receiver Aaron Fisher were injured Saturday against Oklahoma State and will miss the rest of the season.
Langley suffered a broken ankle, Fisher a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Both will have surgery in the coming days, Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said.
“Aaron was pretty much our team captain on special teams, and he had made some crucial third down catches this year,” Tuberville said. “He’s really coming into his own. He had hurt his elbow a couple weeks ago and it’s tough to lose him.
“Of course, Donald is the type of guy that was one of our defensive leaders that had some quickness inside that gave us some pressure on the quarterback and was probably our leading defensive lineman in tackles.”
Junior inside receiver Austin Zouzalik, a Coronado product, will likely miss the rest of the season, as well, Tuberville said. He missed Saturday’s game after suffering a concussion against Texas.
Senior tight end Adam James suffered an abdominal contusion Saturday and is listed as probable for this weekend against Missouri.
Junior weak safety Cody Davis strained his back against OSU and is also listed as probable for the Missouri game.
The loss of junior running back Eric Stephens to a season-ending knee injury on Oct. 8 has been particularly glaring the last three weeks.
Not only has Tech struggled to run the ball — rushing for 30 yards against Texas and 101 against Oklahoma State — but Stephens’ skill at pass protection has been missing.
“You can’t put a price tag on the guy that’s been there, done that and played in tough games,” Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. “We didn’t realize the type of pass protector he was, and not letting the pocket collapse.
“It’s been different. We’ve had to change our offense a little bit in terms of the pass plays that we ran with Eric.”
Quarterback Seth Doege said he’s not worrying about what Tech doesn’t have, and he gave a vote of confidence to true freshman running back DeAndre Washington.
“We still have some great running backs,” Doege said, “and the running game hasn’t been great, but it’s not always the running back’s fault either. I think they’re well capable of making a lot of plays. I think you’ve seen DeAndre Washington really come along lately, and he’s made some big plays for us. He’s going to keep getting better, and he’s going to be more productive each and every week.”
Compiled by David Just