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Tech defense encouraged by another solid scrimmage

Posted: March 3, 2012 - 8:10pm  |  Updated: March 4, 2012 - 1:40am
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Texas Tech coaches and players remain confident their usual high-scoring offense will show up when it matters. For now, no one seems to mind seeing the defensive players build confidence.

They more than held their own for the second spring football scrimmage in a row.

The Red Raiders went at it for 108 plays Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium, and there were no touchdowns until the 80th play. For the second week in a row, the only touchdowns came on drives that started in plus territory.

“It’s not a secret we were bad on defense last year,” Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said, “and we’ve got to get a lot better or it’s not going to get any better in the win column. You can’t win on offense. You’ve got to play defense. It’s good to see them step up.”

Quarterbacks Seth Doege and Michael Brewer each threw for a little more than 200 yards, but had trouble turning yards into points. The Red Raiders stalled often in scoring position, which led to Ryan Bustin making six field goals in nine chances.

Ronnie Daniels turned some hard runs into 83 yards, and flanker Bradley Marquez caught eight passes for 90 yards. But a slew of penalties kept derailing drives.

“I think we definitely took a step forward as an offense,” Doege said. “We moved the ball well. We didn’t finish in the red zone like we wanted to. All we need to do is eliminate the penalties, but we’re getting better every day.”

In an 85-play scrimmage last week, the offense scored three touchdowns — two on red-zone sequences that started at the plus-20-yard line and the other on a series from the plus-40. This time, they punched it in only while working red-zone sequences from the plus-25.

Daniels caught Doege’s check-down pass into the left flat and turned it into a 15-yard touchdown. Brewer flipped a 7-yard TD pass to Aaron Fisher, and Kenny Williams went in from 3 yards.

Those scores came after the offense repeatedly settled for field goals.

“We just weren’t very physical today, for some reason, on offense,” Tuberville said. “The defense challenged them coming out of practice on Tuesday, and the offense kind of spit the bit, so to speak. They did a little bit better, I guess, the last 20, 30 percent of the practice, but the first part of the practice was all defense.”

Doege led the opening series from his own 20 to the plus-33, but then came back-to-back penalties and the first of Bustin’s three field goals longer than 40 yards. Cornerback Jeremy Reynolds blew up a swing pass on a three-and-out second series.

As the scrimmage progressed, defensive linemen made some timely plays deep in their own end. Defensive end Dartwan Bush batted a pass. Defensive tackle Lee Adams and ends Leon Mackey and Jackson Richards all broke into the pocket to get third-down plays whistled dead.

Yet another field goal came after safety J.J. Gaines stopped receiver Jakeem Grant for a 1-yard gain on third-and-4 from the 26.

The defense’s success notwithstanding, it’s worth noting again that the offense is without running backs Eric Stephens and DeAndre Washington and receivers Alex Torres, Eric Ward and Marcus Kennard.

But linebacker Terrance Bullitt said Red Raiders defenders need to have some success and carry themselves with confidence.

“We have to have something,” said Bullitt, who is limited to non-contact work after offseason shoulder surgery. “Last year, our defense was bad. That’s just how it is. We have to do something. Our attitude has to be different.”

Tuberville said the Red Raiders seem to have improved in coverage, playing the run and limiting missed assignments while they learn from new defensive coordinator Art Kaufman. They threw in more coverages and blitzes Saturday than they used in the first scrimmage.

“Mentally, it looks like they’re much further than I ever thought they’d be after eight practices,” Tuberville said. “It’s good to see that. If we can make that much improvement in the next seven, we’ll be off and running to make this defense a lot better. The jury’s still out.”

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TEXAS TECH SCRIMMAGE

at Jones AT&T Stadium

Scoring Summary

FG Bustin 46

FG Bustin 39

FG Bustin 27

FG Bustin 37

FG Bustin 42

Daniels 15 pass from Doege (Bustin kick)

Fisher 7 pass from Brewer (Bustin kick)

K.Williams 3 run (Bustin kick)

FG Bustin 46

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: Daniels 12-83, K.Williams 9-35, Foster 3-1, Brewer 7-(-8), Costilla 1-(-9), Doege 5-(-20).

PASSING: Brewer 24-33-0—227, Doege 16-27-1—215.

RECEIVING: Marquez 8-90, Amaro 5-56, T.Williams 4-45, Daniels 3-46, Davis 3-31, Grant 3-20, Foster 3-10, Fisher 2-38, Moore 2-21, Bell 2-19, Edwards 2-18, Ontiveros 1-33, K.Williams 1-10, J.McRoy 1-5.

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Its good!

Its good ! Its good ! Its good ! Keep up the good work!!

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Receivers Austin Zouzalik and

Receivers Austin Zouzalik and Shawn Corker did not participate in the scrimmage today, as well. It's good to see the defense doing well. The offense will be fine.

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same baloney year 3

"You can't win with offense." Always good for Tech fans to look back on 10 years and think, we did not win. And this coming from the defensive genius who brought us the worst defense ever in year 2, which is hard to do even with injuries.

Everyone agrees you need offense, defense and special teams. Does Tommy Turpitude mean you cannot win conference titles and national championships with offense alone? Or does he mean what he says? Never know with him and those behind his presence here.

Off-season affords plenty of time to send out the spin that it will be the Tech defense that shuts down the Big 10/12 competition. Let's improve over one of the nation's worst defenses, call Tubs a hero, buy his wife a hummer, and settle in for more delusion on our way to those year in year out conference titles and national championships. When the losses begin in conference play, expect Brewer to play, show "promise" down the stretch and then add to the reasons for giving Turpitude more time, then maybe a bowl appearance for 2013 season, and oh my won't we say then that offense does not win.

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Attaboy Tacokisses

I'm with you! There are a few negative posters on here (like LodoTex) I like to ignore. I don't read their junk. The team is working hard and deserves support. Looking forward to an improved defense and a better season overall for Tech!

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The defense may be

improving but they still gave up 39 points and over 500 yards offense to a so called struggling offense. I have to see it against Big 12 competition to believe it.

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Get over it

Let's get over the past and move forward. The negative stuff is overdone. I did not agree with way it was handled. But I want this team to be successful and tearing things down constantly is not going to help.

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Tuberville is selling, but I'm not buying

Unlike the people who invested in Tubbs hedge fund, I am not buying what he is selling. To say offense doesn't win games is living in the past. To see offenses that win, look at Oregon, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, and Tech for a decade. To say defense is much improved after 2 spring scrimmages is premature. When Tech faces the Cowboys or the Mountaineers the defense can show if it is improved or not. Tommy is not a good coach, he is an excuse maker. He built a false perception with great talent at Auburn. He failed at Ole Miss and is a bigger flop here at Tech. This isn't spin or sour grapes, this is fact.

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Praises

Praise GOD Hallelujah, Our RED RAIDERS are Blessed and we won't be Moved by any fault finders or negative comments. Our Players and coaches are working extremely hard and they Give GOD thanks and praise after every event or practice. GOD is Blessing us with GOOD Days and the enemies will Touch Us NOT!!

AMEN, we will Bless our enemies and GOD will turn things in Our Favor!

PS I have renewed my Season Tickets!!

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Praises

I love my Red Raiders and won't be moved by fault finders or negative comments!

Our Red Raiders are Going to be Blessed in a Great Way in 2012 with Great Victories!

Wreck'em Tech!

PS I renewed my Season Tickets, haha

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Bleed REDiculous

Yep, and the other teams that face Texas Tech must be godless. I bet He got upset when he saw the lack of accountability in the wreck em, defraud em Turpitudes.

You can [filtered word] rainbows til the cows come home during off-season, but the only reality is the one the Hancers can't accept. Tech sports is a mess and Tommy Turpitude is the face of inept good ole boy failure.

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Southpark and More Coffee

You two Ckmaagfy, and after doing that, try to explain just how awesome Tommy Turpitude is. The more you dismiss reality, the more Tech will remain in the embarrassing cellar we've been thrown into by Hance et al.

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I am pro Tech, but nobody can

I am pro Tech, but nobody can deny the state of our football team, our BB team, and our women's BB team. I keep trying to ignore this and give everything I have to them, but let's admit that we are in sad shape. There is a major coaching problem on all 3 sides of the ball. We bring in a defensive coach from Alabama who should've been great. We bring in aTCU coach with a great resume and that blows up in one year also. Couple those leadership fiascos with our skyscraper fall from offensive elite to middle of the pack. And you have Tubby's club.

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homofogenonious hezikajavmo

i was speaking in tongues to bleed red above.

This here spring season stuff is as good as it usually gets for any Tech fan. Let's enjoy it before we start the conference games.

PS: i was hoping Doege had graduated already.

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Many Praisers Here

Many folks here praising the various programs and thanking their Maker for our good fortune. But Mike8 probably has it about right. We all want ALL THINGS GOOD for our programs, but because we are Techsters we can read and write and understand.

The state of our athletics department was wrought by Hance, Scovell, White, Anders, and the rest. And we are byond upside down.

And our leadership brought it upon us. Nobody else.

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Why not expect Results?

I am a lifelong Tech fan. I attended my first Tech football game in 1976. I've been a season ticket holder as long as I can remember. Since when am I a "bad" Tech fan for expecting positive results? Why am I expected to never be critical? Why am I expected to be ok with bad coaching, bad play calls, or mediocre game plans? Everyone has been told to sit down and shut up or you are a dirty "Leacher" and a bad fan. Believe me, my opinion of Tubbs, Neal Brown, Hance, the state of the team,or anything related to Tech doesn't make me a bad fan. It also doesn't hurt the team. If you think all unhappy fans are still begging for Leach you are just stupid. If you think all unhappy fans are disrupting the football team, you are an idiot. If you think I'm not going to state my opinion, good or bad, you are just dead wrong!

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is the defense better of the offense worse???

I think it's a HUGE red flag that the Tech OFFENSE isn't able to do any better than this against an awful defense that can not have improved that much in just a few spring practices. The Tech OFFENSE has been in a steady decline over the past 2 season ... it only makes sense for that trend to continue since Tubs is meddling with the offense by demanding more running plays and adding a tight end. I wouldn't even be surprised to see a fullback on the field before we nail the coffin shut on this Tech coaching era. Lack of ball control on the behalf of the Tech OFFENSE didn't help the defense at all last season. I think it will take a miracle for Tech to win 6 games and get to a bowl game this season ... even with 3 automatic wins to start the season.

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Time to Save $3,000,000.00

Time to bring in Dicky Grigg and explain to Curry that "We're the Government and You're Not."

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@Rodneylama

I have yo agree with you on all points. I think we are in for a 4-8 season or a 5-7 if we pull an upset.

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New O-Line

It takes a while for the O-Line to gel and the offense is always the last part to come around in spring ball. We will find out how good the defense is towards the end of the spring when the offense starts to hit rhythm.

I like where the defense is headed though. You have some new faces pushing the depth chart. whether it be the JUCO guys or the guys coming off redshirts like J Reynolds, Pete Robertson, Brandon Jackson, Kindred Evens, and Justin Cooper. With the Redshirts and JUCO guys we have something like 9 new guys in the 2 deep. That is before we take in Newbold, Lollar, and Smith who are the 3 freshman who are expected to compete.

Either way competition is always good to improve intensity which we can all agree was lacking last year.

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offensive and defense rankings last 5 seasons

The offense has had a significant drop in the last 2 seasons. The defense has had a catastrophic drop off. I think it's hilarious how Tubs was gonna come in and make a defensive powerhouse ... LMAO. This defense needs a miracle to get back up to "average". If the significant drop in offensive production doesn't reverse (and there's no reason to think it will with Tubs meddling) the defense can be significantly better without it really showing if they are on the field more minutes/game.

National Total Offense Ranking over the past 5 years 2007 - 3rd - 540 yds/game - 40.9 pts per game 2008 - 4th - 531 yds/game - 43.8 pts per game 2009 - 6th - 471 yds/game - 37.0 pts per game 2010 - 15th - 460 yds/game - 32.9 pts per game 2011 - 29th - 470 yds/game - 33.8 pts per game

National Total Defense Ranking over past 5 years 2007 - 45th - 365 yds/game 2008 - 80th - 382 yds/game 2009 - 49th - 352 yds/game 2010 - 114th - 456 yds/game 2011 - 114th - 485 yds/game

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offensive and defense rankings last 5 seasons

The offense has had a significant drop in the last 2 seasons. The defense has had a catastrophic drop off. I think it's hilarious how Tubs was gonna come in and make a defensive powerhouse ... LMAO. This defense needs a miracle to get back up to "average". If the significant drop in offensive production doesn't reverse (and there's no reason to think it will with Tubs meddling) the defense can be significantly better without it really showing if they are on the field more minutes/game.

National Total Offense Ranking over the past 5 years 2007 - 3rd - 540 yds/game - 40.9 pts per game 2008 - 4th - 531 yds/game - 43.8 pts per game 2009 - 6th - 471 yds/game - 37.0 pts per game 2010 - 15th - 460 yds/game - 32.9 pts per game 2011 - 29th - 470 yds/game - 33.8 pts per game

National Total Defense Ranking over past 5 years 2007 - 45th - 365 yds/game 2008 - 80th - 382 yds/game 2009 - 49th - 352 yds/game 2010 - 114th - 456 yds/game 2011 - 114th - 485 yds/game

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Tra La La

Oh tra la la, tra la la, tra la la. Everything is hunky dory. I love it here. (Now let's see if the Chancellor's Administrator leaves this comment in.)

"No touchdowns until the 80th play."

The world has officially come to an end.

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Rodneylama

Good post Rodneylama. I like the detail you provided in your post to back up your argument without the fluff. I did find it interesting on the offense side that the difference between the 6th ranked offense in 2009 and the 29th ranked offense of 2011 was 1 yard and 3.2 points per game. Again good post.

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Top Defenses have top talent

Ability and athleticism define defenses. It is not easy to "coach up". On the contrary, offenses are much more "coachable" and can do more with less in the talent department. Given the hierachy with regard to availability of talent in the Big-12...TT had the right idea for a decade. Because the originator of this idea is no longer here...it does not mean the idea is no longer valid. If you want to win at TT you better find a way to score lots of points and hope to limit the damage from the other side (and put pressure on the opponents offense to perform). The top teams on the other side love conservative offense (and defense) from TT because they know they have the talent advantage...now let's go back to what works and stop finding excuses for failed strategies.

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DFW

You are surprised because he is wrong, our 2011 Total Offense ranking located on NCAA website is lucky number 13#. Our points ranking is #22. He used the rivals ranking which take into account total yards regardless of games played. If you look at CFB stats.com and NCAA.com you will see the actual rankings, they are identical.

Also you will notice the evolution of the spread in the rankings through the years if you look back a ways. Statistics have continued to increase. It is worth noting that no SEC team has been in the Top 5 nationally concerning total offense during their run of 6 NC's.

Also note that with the subtraction of the of teams from the Big 12 we have lost one non-con patsy that we can hang 60 on which equates to about 5 points per game over the course of a 12 game season.

What you will notice if you really dig into the stats is our 4th quarter scoring is down about 50% over the last 2 years.

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Dear Kent:

Dear Kent: I will never go away. Your plan to allow "time to heal" followed by historical revision WILL NEVER WORK. Your name will live in infamy wherever Texas Tech athletics are spoken. FOREVER. Love and Kisses. Red.

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Clutchcityraider

Thanks for posting that clarification. It's easy to see how many different rankings are out there and how many can be confused. My take on it is every year is different not only with the quality of teams on the schedule, but how other teams schedules impact the outputs as well. If the numbers Rodney posted on yards and points are accurate, our 2011 offensive production is almost identical to 2009, yet the ranking was 23 positions lower based on the rivals ranking. Thanks for the post.

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Clutchcityraider

Wrong???? Straight off of ESPN website. Take a look yourself.

http://espn.go.com/college-football/statistics/team/_/stat/total

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Red

Put the bong down dude. No posting after Toaking.

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