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Texas Tech offers little resistance in blowout loss to Oklahoma

Red Raiders haunted by three turnovers, inability to finish drives

Posted: October 6, 2012 - 5:41pm  |  Updated: October 7, 2012 - 1:06am
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Texas Tech's Seth Doege tries to tackle Aaron Colvin after Colvin intercepted Doege's pass during their NCAA college football game in Lubbock, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 06, 2012. (AP Photo/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal,Scott MacWatters)  Scott MacWatters
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Texas Tech's Seth Doege tries to tackle Aaron Colvin after Colvin intercepted Doege's pass during their NCAA college football game in Lubbock, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 06, 2012. (AP Photo/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal,Scott MacWatters)
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At the start of Texas Tech’s game against Oklahoma on Saturday, rowdy Jones AT&T Stadium was packed to the gills with a school-record crowd of 60,800, most of which were black-clad Red Raiders supporters eager to see if their team’s apparent improvement could equate to a signature win.

By the end of the third quarter, Tech’s home stadium took on the same look it did much of last season during a series of lopsided losses: Pockets of empty seats and fans shuffling out of the exits.

By then, Tech’s 41-20 defeat at the hands of the No. 17 Sooners was all but assured, with the Red Raiders (4-1, 1-1 in Big 12 Conference) returning to earth following a promising start.

"Obviously a disappointment," Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. "We're not that bad a football team. We looked pretty bad at times, but good teams can make you look bad."

Tech lost a Big 12 game at home for the fifth straight time, and Tuberville dropped to 1-7 in conference games inside Jones AT&T Stadium since taking over in 2010.

In a game that took on the look of a shootout, Tech stormed out of the gates, then limped to the finish.

The Red Raiders put together a nine-play, 71-yard scoring drive, capped off by a Kenny Williams touchdown run, to tie the game at 7 early. But it would be their last touchdown until the game's final minutes.

As Oklahoma sprinted to 24 first-half points, Tech was forced to settle for a pair of field goals as an offense that sputtered at times during a win against Iowa State last week suffered through more prolonged periods of ineffectiveness.

"We can't get in the red zone and kick field goals every time," Tuberville said. "(Oklahoma was) getting in the red zone to score touchdowns."

Tech quarterback Seth Doege threw three interceptions, including his second pick-six in as many weeks, and the Red Raiders couldn't replicate the success in the running game they found through the season's first four games.

Meantime, a Tech defense that entered the game with a No. 1 national ranking was exposed by Landry Jones and an Oklahoma (3-1, 1-1) offense that moved the ball like a hot knife through butter for much of the afternoon.

"It hurts," said Tech safety D.J. Johnson. "Our goal was to go undefeated. It hurts a lot."

Jones, who faced criticism the past two weeks following a poor performance in his team’s 24-19 loss to Kansas State, was rarely thrown off his rhythm. With a lack of pressure from the Tech front four, he completed 25 of 40 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns.

"I'm not surprised by it," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said of Jones. "Landry is an excellent quarterback, and I thought we just overall had good rhythm."

Oklahoma won in Lubbock for the first time since 2003, breaking a streak of three straight losses.

If the previous four games illustrated that the Red Raiders’ defense has made improvements from its awful performance in 2011, Saturday showed that unit still has plenty of gains to make in order for Tech to compete with the Big 12's elite.

Then again, Doege and the offense didn’t do their counterparts on defense any favors. Before Javon Harris intercepted a ball off of Eric Ward’s hands and returned it 46 yards for a touchdown midway through the third quarter, the Sooners swung momentum with another crushing sequence.

Trailing 24-13 to open the half, Tech moved to the Oklahoma 36, where it faced a fourth-and-5. Tech coach Tommy Tuberville elected to go for it, and the gamble came back to bite him. Linebacker Frank Shannon beat right guard Le’Raven Clark inside and sacked Doege for a 10-yard loss.

"That was huge," offensive coordinator Neal Brown said of the turnover on downs.

Six plays later, Oklahoma backup quarterback Blake Bell rushed for his second touchdown of the game to put Oklahoma up three scores.

"I thought we lost the game in the third quarter, no question," said Brown, who added that the problems were more widespread than Doege's ineffectiveness.

A key stretch late in the second quarter didn't help, either. With Tech trailing by eight and nearing midfield, Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin, who was blitzing on a second-down play, leaped at the line of scrimmage and intercepted Doege.

Tech's senior quarterback wasn't made available to the media after the game.

The Sooners converted the turnover into a field goal and a two-score advantage at the half.

It epitomized Tech's woes on a bone-chilling Saturday in Lubbock. The Red Raiders moved the ball at the same pace as their counterpart much of the afternoon, but when big plays had to be made, the Sooners were usually the ones making them.

"Bottom line, we got beat," Tuberville said. "We got beat with quickness and speed, and we never really turned the corner."

 

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The Mighty Red Raiders have

The Mighty Red Raiders have struck out. Oops! Sorry. Wrong sport.

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The Logical Conclusion

This is the logical conclusion of playing a pansy out of conference schedule. You don't really improve. You don't play speed. You don't play strength. You don't play qiuckness, and you don't know what to do when things are not going your way. The result is you don't improve to the level that you need to compete.

From what I have seen Doege has not improved over where he was last year. The passing game has devolved somewhat and the running game has somewhat improved. However, I think we are loosing some of our edge. Before you had to cover the pass, so the run was available. I am not sure that is where we are now. It looks to me like we are just like most other teams. Better than most but not so different. Not so scarry.

The recievers are better than they were two years ago. More speed. The O-line got creamed today. Primarily because the pass routes we were taking and the formation, did not dare OU to blitz because we had hot routes to players with speed. Before that was a staple of our abilities.

Defensively we are better against the run, and the secondary is markedly better. However, we don't have much pass rush against physical teams and that is a problem. Landry was hardley ever pressuerd.

The result was a blow-out.

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Be Ready for the Jayhawks

This looks familiar. After all the blowhard claims about a great defense and asinine comments from old whiny Tubby that he's finally got Big 12 caliber talent - after taking over a program that won almost thirty games in the three years before he arrived - things are looking about the same. TTU had better be ready for the Jayhawks if they want to reach 5-7 again and avoid a second year of no home conference wins.

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Bernardo

Even though the scoreboard read blowout, you do realize the defense played a good game against a team that had two weeks to prepare for this game. In the end it was roughly 380 yards of offense for OU and 361 for Tech. Without a doubt the turnovers hurt and lead to the score being lopsided. Not going to give up on the season yet.

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Offense struggling

I mentioned this on another post, but I wished that Tech would just stay with the same 5 guys at WR. Most of the prolific offenses have a tandem and a couple of other guys that get some catches...ie WVU, Oregon, Bayor, OSU. etc. You need those main guys to develop rhythm, timing and trust with your QB. We are shuffling too many guys in there, the other is the offensive line is struggling, and it was starting to show in the ISU game. The defense play adequate, but needed some a big play turnover. No time to pout, just get it fixed. Everyone loses a game or two unless you are going for a National Championship. We can still come out with a 3-2 record over this five game stretch. It doesn't look like it right now, but it's time to man up because WVU is coming whether your ready or not. Doege made some bad decisions, got to clean that up or it will be a death sentence. Go Tech!

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Hance/Myers/James/Tuberville

Thanks to these great people we are so much better off. We are respected for having a dynamic offense. We are bringing in more money than ever. We are on TV all of the time and you can see our logo on all of the youths shirts, jackets and school gear. Oh, forgive me; that was when we had a dynamic coach and before the lying corrupt James/Myers/Hance coalition fired him. Even if we still struggled, Leach provided so much money and notariety that the University should have kissed his arse.... Instead, they villafied him falsely because the crook Craig James was unhappy his inept and lackluster son was not getting every pass. As if Craig was any good without Eric Dickerson. The Oklahoma game was another strike in the heart of anyone ever expecting Tech to receive any respect. Our fans are attrocious; I have set with many and they are! Drunk and beligerent. As often as we lose these games so badly; you would think we would learn something about decent decorem and sportsmanship. The powers that be (Texas, Ok, SEC, etc.) all disrespect us and speak disparagingly of Lubbock. No one is supposed to win but the 'real' universities. And our inept management is a good example of why. Why do we waste money on these efforts to only be treated so badly and embarrass ourselves so regularly. It is a tremendous waste of effort, time and money. I don't know why I would encourage my children to go to my university. I am only placing them at a disadvantage! I get calls asking me to contribute to the university because it is not Tier I. I didn't know I graduated from a Tier II university. What a disappointment. I am tired of getting excited for the team and feeling so disappointed for them after they get shellacked. Why does Oklahoma get two weeks to prepare for us all of the time? I know three years ago when we were ranked no. 2...; the same thing occurred. Why don't teams that have a week off, play teams that have had a week off......

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Not giving up just yet on Tech!

My two cents... OL was pushed around and Seth was forced to hurry his decisions making. Mr. Neal Brown has become to predictable and does not go down field enough to keep the opposing secondary guessing. Also on several occasions I noticed the DL standing straight up on the snap of the ball, Jones could have bent over and tied his shoes and still completed a pass. Now our secondary especially the safeties were flat footed while the OU WR were running by them. I also agree with a pervious post about not cycling so many WR. in the game we need more rhythm between QB and WR.

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Wake up and smell the coffee!

Why weren't we prepared? How is it we are never prepared for the big test? We are never consistent in 40 years.... Why didn't we get physical? Where was the rush??? Why didn't we go hurry up in the first half? Why can't the receivers catch??? They sure did when Leach was coach. Why couldn't the line block??? Wasn't this a big enough game to get up for? Did we think they were going to be easier than Iowa State? We are bottom dwellers now; especially without Leach's ability to bring in high talent on the offensive side. Why did we give up on the run in the second quarter? We were making progress. We were running every first down and they stopped us on one, so we stopped running all together. Predictable is right.... And don't let the Sooners have an extra week to prepare for us!!!!! What the ..... kinda stupid idea is that??? Too bad WV and UT don't get an extra week of prep time. We got an extra week to prep for IS. Wow, and we barely made it outa that one. Why do we need a week off in the first four weeks of the season.... How about 6 weeks in..... When we get our week off, there aren't any tapes of the other teams to prepare with. They haven't played anybody substantial either. I am sure our schedule is bullied just like everything else. UT rules. Let's make sure they have their own TV deal and all will be good..... We can't even have our on coverage if we are playing Texas State! Is that respect???? We are just whipping stones folks.... We aren't supposed to do any good. Praise UT, Okla, oh and Okla St, TCU, WVU and of course Baylor.... I am tired of being embarrassed in our own house!!! How is it Stoopid gets to badger the refs the whole game? Why isn't he fined or reprimanded? Ah, its the Oklahoma thing..... You know that is an affective practice; to badger the refs so they start to question their own calls and fairness.... Just think if he was constantly ragging in your ear. What a jerk? Grow up and show some sportsmanship as well...

No matter what; we have no excuses! Why weren't we prepared for a battle? Where was our determination and resolve? We died like wimpering dogs the whole second half. Did anyone show any leadership to get up on the horse and make a showing? I didn't see it! Come On Coach -- Let's become physically strong on the field.... Are we going to let Tooberville blame team speed? If that is the problem, what is the cure? Out recruiting the 'real' institutions.... What a pipe dream? 40 years and I haven't seen anything except what Leach did to improve the situation and of course we fired the most honorable coach we ever had in Spike Dykes. What a miniscule university we belong to.....

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told ya so....

I've said it before and I'll keep saying it.....Tech is average,always has been and always will!....simply pathetic. lol

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How about a draft????

I wonder when the rest of us will be frustrated by the fact that Tech is supposed to be Average. Only the Irish are supposed to be good. Well maybe again someday.... Why don't we quit spending money on these fruitless activities where certain institutions get all of the 'talent' and the rest are relegated to 'average' or less.....

I think they ought to place all players that want to be eligible for NCAA sanctioned scholarships in a draft similar to the NFL. Worst teams first, best last in rotation. That way at least everyone gets to have an equal opportunity to participate and the talent class can be much more competitive. Vote about this...

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Now your getting somewhere.........

The first paragraph said it all........couldn't agree more!

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Do we panic?

The game was not pretty, but actually it was not as bad as the score showed, granted turnovers killed us. However the defense wasn't as exposed as others may want to say. I was worried about this game from the start, believe what you want about Stoops, but the guy can coach. Every time Tech has faced Stoops when Tech appeared to be better than the OU team he has brought their A-game.

The concern I have is will this team fold up, or come back, everyone was saying that ISU was not a quality win, but I guess a team that knocks off TCU in Ft. Worth isn't quality. Yes, they were missing their QB, but again it was ISU. The defense allowed less in 400 yards, that is an improvement, did we lose, yes. Was it badly, yes. But, it was much better than the 2008, and 2002 debacles against OU and these were good tech teams.

I will say it is odd, knowing our offense took us out of this game. However, it is one loss so now the real question is can the coaching staff keep these guys focused for the next game. For me that is the sign of strong coaching.

As far as all of you who want to point their fingers, point away. As a fan for 30+ years I have endured many of these games, but my love of the program stands firm. It is about a group of student athletes who we need to support. But today was a pitfall, the question is how we bounce back.

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Come on Man

You want some Whine with that cheese? You are the most whinning, sniveling, so called "Tech Fan" I've ever seen.

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Only one

Granted this was only one game. The Raiders have a chance next week to make a huge statement character wise. Where, by the way, are my hancer friends? Mojo? Bill214? Atxraider? Spikerules? and last, but certainly not least, the irrepressible nasville raider? You know last week, these guys couldnt wait to jump on this site and call out those realists who, in the hancer mind, are fair weather fans. Last spring. I thought two games would go a long way toward defining this season. The first was Iowa State and, to me, Homecoming against West Virginia. We beat Dana's group and we come out smelling pretty good in spite of the loss to OU. However, if WVU rolls in here with a Leach disciple as coach, and blows us out, complete with the stadium beginning to empty at the half, a homecoming crowd, seeing this regime who promised championships and an immediate improvement on defense...well you get the picture. I would venture to say that the hancer posters mentioned above will disappear for eternity. Or they will take a different route. "Look at all the Leachers now that Tubs has his players in here and we have the number one defense" will become "hey we support our team win or lose, give Tubs another 5 years". But lets hope that doesnt happen. Lets hope for 11-1.

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Come On, Guys....

Let's let the sked play out a little further and then make our assessment. OU outplayed Tech, and, accordingly, the following are intended to be assessments and not excuses.

1. That was a very good OU team that played very well.

2. OU had a week off to prepare.

3. OU is now in position to win the league. It was "last call" for OU.

4. Tech held OU to 380 yards. Before the game started, I would have taken that.

5. We threw 3 interceptions, two of which were flukes. Doege did not play as well as he had to play in order for us to win. That's how you get beat.

6. OU, to their credit, protected the passer better than we did.

7. We're not the only home team that got beat yesterday. And OU, too, knows the feeling of getting beat at home.

We've got some people left on our sked we can beat, and that's what we need to do. Take care of KU and get to 5-1 and 2-1 and go from there.

We're going to be OK.

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CupCake

Playing the cupcake non-conference schedule created a false sense of optimism for players, coaches and fans! Our guys were not prepared for top tier competition, and guess what, next week WV is even better than OU!

Wake up Kirby, we need to play top tier teams to get ready for our conference schedule. If not we'll become the cupcakes!

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@al in alabama coyote

I admit when im wrong & i was on that previous post you were referring to. He's needs to develop some great chemistry with the starting receivers. I agree with you this is just 1 game & hopefully they will bounce back or we can get ready to be at home during bowl season again. Seth was horrible which gave Oklahoma the momentum. The defense wasnt bad but they have improved more than the offense has. Its hard to win when your QB is picked off three times. Oklahoma was prepared for this game & wasnt going allow the screen pass to develop like they did last season. Neal Brown should have called something different. Remove the turnovers & we would have had a ballgame.

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What Facts said....

Did I just say that??? When a good OU team plays that well, Tech will never beat them, never have, never will. OU hit us in the mouth and we didn't hit back. Season hinges on WV game. We battle the Mountaineers and we still get to 8 wins, we lay an egg and it's over and more than just the season.

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"Protect This House"

"Protect This House" is a phrase that needs to be put away until we can actually live up to it. Did any of the 60,000 plus fans at the Jones believe that Oklahoma would bring anything but their A game? After what their loss last year cost them they have had this game highlighted for a year! There is still a lot football left, but I left the OU game wondering if we could go two straight seasons without a conference win at home. I hope we are not in for weeks of endless excuses. The 60,000 plus fans at the Jones got to see an old fashion "Tail Kicking" and we weren't the ones doing the kicking. We quit simply were out played and out coached again.

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Obviously turnovers were a key but......

Doege is limited in the fact, he can't make plays with his legs. The premier qb's in the NCAA can sense pressure and move out of the pocket. They can either run or throw on the run.....neither of which Doege can do. He can make throws standing in the pocket but if Tech plays anybody that collapses the pocket....we're dead.

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ricryan nailed it...

Doege has the ability to make a great throw but he doesn't have the ability to make a great play.

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Tuberville is getting near the point of no return

He either needs to show he is building a better team in Lubbock than the guy Hance fired to improve the team, or he needs to go so we can try one that might.

Four weeks and the verdict on whether Tommy is a failure will likely be clear.

The Oklahoma game did not make observant Tech fans hopeful.

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Excuses, Excuses, Excuses..... FactsRFacts

Wait till you have been rooting for 40 years.... Come On.... OK played a good game.... What did you expect? Thats our excuse for losing these games consistently for 40 years? They are a better team! Whose not? Texas, OSU, TCU, K State, Baylor, WVU..... Perhaps Kansas this year? Why are we playing if we can't expect to be good enough to beat 'better' teams? Come On! If we can't expect to be better than others.... Especially at Tech..... What a waste of time, MONEY, and effort! Nobody respects Tech.... Just a JOKE!

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Has Beens.... Go Irish.....

I guess it could be worse! We could be the 'HAS BEEN IRISH' without a conference......

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Team Fights On - Fans Walk Out

That will show 'em! Do they think they can get away with a performance like that? Show 'em your buns waddling out of the Stadium. Send a message they can think about when they're practicing all next week. Empty seats! I'm sure they'll put in a better effort next week just to keep us in the stands a little longer.

It wasn't the Red Raiders who were embarrassed on national TV yesterday. It was Lubbock and Texas Tech. You expect some people to just show up to be part of the scene in case there's an upset. And you expect them to leave when they think they'll be disappointed. But in Lubbock, this is the whole culture and has been for about 30 years. Even the students! You don't find that at many universities. The TV announcers apparently had never seen such a bad display.

Good fans are there to have a good time AND support their team. You don't do that by turning your backs on your team. In fact it demoralizes the players and makes it that much harder down the road. Thanks for your contribution to a winning program.

Oh - and after you walked out? - there was still a bunch of hard-working young men on the field wearing your colors who kept battling till the end. Good kids. Too good for the likes of you, Lubbock, Texas.

My apologies to the 213 folks who stayed behind.

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Irish

Did they beat Navy last year? How's that economy? How are the potatoes this year???? Hey Penn State actually has a more prominent child molester.....

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rpm

Yea, I'll agree the players don't deserve the credit for the loss. Look at the school and admin and what they have don. But, fans don't deserve the blame for sure! 40+ years of rooting and contributing.... Have you seen the prices of those tickets over 40+ years and what do we get? A corrupt admin that fires someone that at least provides notoriety and a reason to show up and enjoy!!! Grow up kid! Its a rough world and if you want a full ride scholarship, be ready to play and don't give up because you got punched in the mouth the first half..... LET'S SEE WHAT THEY CAN DO NOW WITH HANCE AND TUBERVILLE......

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Isn't it obvious yet?

While I hated to lose Mike Leach as HC and felt he was done wrong, I was willing to accept it and move on. What I have not been willing to accept is the hiring of Tommy Tubberville. Nothing against the man personally, but I believe he is a dinosaur, from anothe rera. It's like Sly Stone makng an appearance at the Grammy's. Sorry but your time has passed by.

The perfect hire to keep the wide open offensive system alive back then, in my opinion, would have been Gus Malzahn or Sonny Dykes. Both were relatively unproven however.

Malzahn, as offensive coordinator, ended up helping take Auburn to a national title in the very next year.

As Malzahn is newly hired at AR State and appears not to want an FBS Division job, I think the time has now come to do whatever we can to get Sonny Dykes ASAP.

Sonny is the perfect fit. He is the son of a beloved Tech coach and legend and grew up at Tech having worked under his dad Spike AND the beloved coach Mike Leach.

Sonny has also now grown, developed and proven himself a winner in his own right at LA Tech.

Let's quit playing around and get Sonny Dykes in as Tech's HC and we can end all of the division among fans. I am convinced that the Leach Army will gladly surrender and come back home with the hire of Sonny Dykes. I know I am ready to come back home but cannot as long as Tubberville is tere.

Spread the word.

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to Come On Man

You seem to have reached an all time low for Leach fans (not Tech fans). You obviously hate your school and probably think your wife is ugly also.

What a looser.

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@ rpm

I can't recall many home games that the fans walked out when Leach was coach. Even if we were down 21 we were still in it. We won many games at the last second. It was exciting. What we have now is not.

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