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Red Raiders five key developments

Here are five facets that were noteworthy from Tech's 61-13 home victory Saturday against Stephen F. Austin

Posted: September 8, 2013 - 10:53pm  |  Updated: September 9, 2013 - 12:11am
Texas Tech's Jace Amaro is tackled by Stephen F. Austin's Marvin Gray during their game on Saturday in Lubbock. (Scott MacWatters/For AJ Media)   Scott MacWatters / AJ Media
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Texas Tech's Jace Amaro is tackled by Stephen F. Austin's Marvin Gray during their game on Saturday in Lubbock. (Scott MacWatters/For AJ Media)
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Each week, we break down Texas Tech’s most recent game to find five key developments pertaining to the Red Raiders. Here are five facets that were noteworthy from Tech’s 61-13 home victory Saturday against Stephen F. Austin.

A fast start

One of the best ways to beat a lower-division opponent is to not be lethargic early. Texas Tech was anything but sluggish against Stephen F. Austin, scoring touchdowns on its first four possessions and 45 points in the first half. The Red Raiders had 259 yards in the first quarter. They finished with 731 yards, most since the 2009 Kansas State game (739).




Solid defense

No one’s saying Stephen F. Austin’s is a great team, or even a great FCS team. But the Lumberjacks do have a senior quarterback and did put up 40 points and 564 yards in the season opener. Nevertheless, the Tech defense was having none of that, allowing just a trick-play TD in the first three quarters. And NG Jackson Richards and LB Zach Winbush came up with the team’s first takeaways in seven regular-season games. So that drought’s over.

Scheme Jakeem

Tech coaches are trying to be creative at finding ways to use Jakeem Grant’s speed. In each of the first two games, he’s taken handoffs at running back. On Saturday, Grant scored a 42-yard touchdown on which he came in motion behind the quarterback, caught a swing pass out to the right and then wove his way through traffic to score.



Another option

A game that was 45-7 at halftime easily could have become boring. Carlos Thompson kept it from descending to that, at least for Tech fans. The freshman slot receiver returned a punt 35 yards and returned a free kick after a safety for 73 yards. Sadale Foster is Tech’s No. 1 punt-return choice, Jakeem Grant the same for kickoff returns, but Thompson gives coaches a new option to keep in mind.


Webb sight-ing

Many Tech fans were hopeful that, based on Baker Mayfield’s success, coaches would try to redshirt true freshman quarterback Davis Webb. Kliff Kingsbury said that was never a thought, and he removed any suspense by playing Webb the entire second half. So there’s no guesswork about the team’s first two QBs, at least not until Michael Brewer gets back. If Mayfield were to get hurt, at least Webb’s had a little game action.


Compiled by Don Williams

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Baker Ball

I hate to say it but if Tech beats TCU and Baker plays relatively error free, I think Brewer may be hard pressed to get his starting position back! I think Brewer deserves a shot at getting it back, but he may have to play lights out in order to win it back in October. I wonder if we may have a situation like OSU had last year at some point during the season! As long as we are winning I'm good with it. Wreck'em!!



Here's the way I see it...

If we lose to TCU and it looks as if Mayfield contributed to the loss at least a little (bad decision making, fumbles, interceptions, etc) then I think Brewer has to have a chance regardless of when he's healthy. That might be in 2 weeks or 5 weeks, I haven't heard. BUT if Mayfield and Co pull off a TCU win (and I'm confident they can) then I assume he can pull off a win in the next two games consisting of TXST, a by week, then KU, then he would have the team at 5-0. I don't think any coach in their right mind could pull him out to start another guy who has less playing time under his belt simply because the other guy was "supposed to be the starter". Now if at any point after Brewer has suited back up and Mayfield starts to slip and have a bad game or something like that I wouldn't blame the staff for subbing in Brewer but until Mayfield stumbles there is no reason to pull him out!

If Mayfield ends up keeping his composer and the starting position, I'm going to feel bad for Brewer. He has been at Tech for a while, he waited his turn, and apparently did everything he could do right. Unfortunately injuries happen and that's what got us into this discussion. That's the life of a football player.

Long story short, as long as we win every game we play I don't care who is taking the snaps! GUNS UP!!!

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