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Marquez makes impact in Texas Tech win, not only in catching game-winning TD

Bradley Marquez plays through a cold, congestion

Posted: September 12, 2013 - 11:11pm  |  Updated: September 13, 2013 - 12:20am
Texas Tech's Bradley Marquez pulls down a touchdown over TCU's Michael Downing during their game on Thursday in Lubbock. (Stephen Spillman/AJ Media)  Stephen Spillman/AJ Media
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Texas Tech's Bradley Marquez pulls down a touchdown over TCU's Michael Downing during their game on Thursday in Lubbock. (Stephen Spillman/AJ Media)
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Bradley Marquez sounded stuffed up, his sinuses choked by cold and congestion.

The Texas Tech wide receiver wasn’t about to use that as an excuse not to play hard, though.

Not only did Marquez catch the touchdown pass that did in No. 24 TCU on Thursday night, but he made two blocks that were just as important in a 20-10 Red Raiders victory at Jones AT&T Stadium.

“He plays every rep like it’s his last, even in practice and so you’re happy to see him have success,” Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “He plays (pro) baseball and comes back and is in mid-season form this early. He’s an impressive young athlete.”

Marquez, the junior flanker from Odessa, threw blocks that sprang Kenny Williams for a 50-yard touchdown on the game’s first series and DeAndre Washington for a would-be touchdown on what turned out to be the game-winning drive.

On the first, he drove TCU safety Sam Carter to the Tech sideline, and Williams took advantage of the window. On Washington’s big play, Marquez kept shoving TCU cornerback Kevin White downfield to the point White couldn’t get free and cut off Washington, also along the Tech sideline.

“We pride ourselves on that,” Marquez said. “We’re not all about just going out there and catching passes. We love to catch balls, but when the ball’s not coming to us, we’re able to make plays away from the ball — and that’s our whole receiving corps.”

Washington should have had a 49-yard TD, one to break a 10-10 tie with a little more than four minutes left in game. But in jubilation, he dropped the ball just before he reached the goal line. Officially, it was a 48-yard gain, and a celebration penalty at the end of the play moved the ball back to the TCU 15-yard line.

From there, facing third-and-13 from the TCU 19, Marquez pulled in Davis Webb’s pass over White in the corner of the end zone.

“It was a beautiful ball by Davis Webb,” Marquez said. “Those are the kind of balls you can’t drop.”

On a night when the Red Raiders knocked off a ranked opponent, senior wide receiver Eric Ward was uncharacteristically quiet — no catches from a guy with 188 receptions since the start of the 2011 season. Facing Horned Frogs star cornerback Jason Verrett, Ward did not catch a pass and quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Webb barely looked his way.

However, Marquez said Ward’s leadership was evident in the way Marquez himself threw those big blocks.

“Guys like Eric Ward instilled that in us, and the older guys,” Marquez said. “With the stats that he has, he still goes out and blocks as hard as anybody. It’s something we all feed off each other.”


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Do what it takes!!

Do what it takes to win! If it means catching or blocking downfield, then that's what you do. Eric Ward was shut down this game, but it won't happen ever game! He is a great player and teamate. I have seen Ward throw some great blocks too. He set the standard for these young receivers. Great catch Marquez and great blocking downfield. TCU made some great adjustments to frustrate our young QB, but i have a feeling it was a great learning experience and I think it will pay off down the road for him. Wreck'em!


Ward is one of a talented stable of ...

.. receivers and rb's on this team. If we had an above-average o-line, this team would be a legitimate Big 12 title contender, even with a freshman QB. To have Ward take a shut-down corner out of the game, and not have the other wide-outs have monster days is an indictment of inability to pass protect. Along with no run blocking, I hope this is a wake-up call for the composition of recruiting classes. Where is the beef ??

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