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Five Key Developments

What advantage?

Posted: October 7, 2012 - 11:05pm  |  Updated: October 8, 2012 - 12:14am
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Each week, we dissect Texas Tech’s football game to find five key developments affecting the Red Raiders. Here are five thigns that stood out after Tech’s 41-20 loss to Oklahoma.

What advantage?

Texas Tech’s losing streak in Big 12 Conference home games reached five, and Tech coach Tommy Tuberville fell to 1-7 in Big 12 home games. Each of the last three league home losses have been by three or more touchdowns. In this case, a record crowd of 60,800 was watching. They showed faith and had their patience tested again.

Not there yet

Even the Red Raiders didn’t brag much about their No. 1 national defense ranking after four games, knowing much tougher competition lay ahead. Oklahoma had 380 yards — 212 more than Tech’s average yield. The Sooners converted three third downs on their first touchdown drive, and made yardage so easily on the second — a nine-play, 66-yard march — they didn’t even face a third down.

Leaders let down

The Red Raiders’ best players had bad or ineffective games. QB Seth Doege threw three interceptions. WR Eric Ward managed 20 yards on three catches. The Sooners covered the A and B gaps to silence normally disruptive DT Kerry Hyder. CB Cornelius Douglas gave up a touchdown pass, and S Cody Davis missed a tackle on a Sooners big play.

Protection plan

Tech struggled to protect QB Seth Doege. The senior was sacked twice, including a devastating 10-yard loss on a fourth-and-5 play early in the third quarter, and he was hurried often. Offensive coordinator Neal Brown said Tech’s running backs struggled with blitz pickups, which led to some of the pressure.

Big plays lacking

Tech had just two plays of more than 20 yards. Seth Doege completed a 35-yard pass to Darrin Moore on Tech’s opening drive, which set up a Kenny Williams touchdown run. The Red Raiders didn’t come up with another big play until their final drive, when backup QB Michael Brewer hit Javon Bell down the sideline for 36 yards.

By Don Williams and Nick Kosmider

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My 5

#1 The offense is becoming too conservative. We look like most other teams offense. We don't dare other teams to blitz with a 4 or 5 wide receiver set.

#2 Doege has to get the ball out quicker. He held it too long and the receivers ran slow developing routes. A drag route that has to come all the way accross the field probably will not survive a 6 man rush.

#3 Pass protection must get better. Two games in a row that we have not picked up the blitz.

#4 We could not stop the power running game. Some how we have to be faster getting to the ball and getting off blocks. You cannot try to duck behind the lead blocker, you have to take him own and fill the hole.

#5 We have to mix up our defense more--Combination man and zone. By the middle of the 3rd quarter OU knew exactly what defense we would be in for the next play.


Forgot 1 (at least!)

Totally uninspired and completely predictable play calling.


Tuberville is 1-7 in home

Tuberville is 1-7 in home conference games?

How much longer are we going to remain patient?

The mystic of the Jones is gone. Teams used to fear coming to Lubbock because it was a wild and crazy atmosphere where it was hard to win.

Now, it's just another W for them.

When is this "Administration" going to admit they were wrong? Time to move on!


OU offensive line

In watching the game on tv (replay), I noticed that OU got away with several blatant holds, especially on key drives. One noticeable one was on their very first TD drive on a long 3rd down play when our cornerback was literally thrown to the ground. That would have put them close to out of field goal range if called. On another drive, both Hyder and Bush (on separate plays) had their jerseys pulled underneath their shoulder pads and Bush had a hand up in his neck and facemask most of the night without a flag. It didn't matter much, since our offense was just horrid...but it certainly didn't help. I actually felt better about our defense after watching it again. No way any other team gets away with what OU did. No wonder we never could get pressure on Landry. And it was very bad on that swing pass...our corner was constantly tugged and pulled away from the point of contact. I hate bringing things like this up because there's always that smart-a that thinks things like this is just "part of the game". I'll point to instant replay and let those people be who they're going to be. If it wasn't a big deal to both teams, instant replay NEVER would have happened. Unfortunately, it can't be used to call obvious holding...

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