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OSU's pass defense thwarts effort by Webb

Posted: November 2, 2013 - 11:07pm  |  Updated: November 3, 2013 - 12:24am
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Texas Tech's Davis Webb walks away from Kliff Kingsbury during their game on Saturday against Oklahoma State in Lubbock. (Stephen Spillman/AJ Media)  Stephen Spillman/AJ Media
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Texas Tech's Davis Webb walks away from Kliff Kingsbury during their game on Saturday against Oklahoma State in Lubbock. (Stephen Spillman/AJ Media)
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Oklahoma State’s No. 7 national ranking in pass-defense efficiency and its 13 interceptions in seven games were a bad omen for a Texas Tech team with a true freshman quarterback.

That omen turned into unpleasant reality.

Davis Webb reached 400 yards passing for the third time in four starts, but Oklahoma State picked him off twice and regularly got Webb out of rhythm in the Cowboys’ 52-34 victory Saturday.

“Up and down,” Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said of Davis’ performance. “Had some plays to be made. I didn’t think the supporting cast played as well either. I thought we had plays to be made and didn’t make them to keep up. When teams are scoring that much, you’ve got to make all the plays.”

Oklahoma State spoiled one Tech red-zone chance when Webb threw into an area with three defenders, and linebacker Shaun Lewis intercepted the pass. That came on a second down from the OSU 20-yard line with Tech trailing 28-10 in the second quarter.

Middle linebacker Caleb Lavey swiped a throw over the middle in the third quarter, though Tech safety Keenon Ward bailed out the Red Raiders with an interception of his own three plays later. The interception was Tech’s third straight three-and-out to start the second half.

More than the interceptions, though, Webb sometimes looked out of sync and missed open receivers. A couple of overthrows in particular, for Jakeem Grant and Bradley Marquez, could have been big plays.

Kingsbury said he didn’t think it was too much adrenaline in a big game.

“I don’t think it was that as much as he had some (pressure) in his face,” Kingsbury said. “They did a good job with the front four. They can rotate some guys in, and they did a good job pressuring even without blitzing.”

Webb finished with 425 yards on 45 for 71 passing. The attempts were one short of Graham Harrell’s school-record 72 passes in a 2007 victory over Oklahoma. Webb had touchdown passes for 38 yards to Eric Ward 1 yard to Jace Amaro.

“I feel like he played well enough to win,” Amaro said. “He threw a couple of interceptions. That’s just going to come with the lack of experience he truly has. He’s going to get better with each game.

“I think he played well. He never crumbled or dogged it or anything like that. He kept our hopes up on the sideline. We had a great chance to take the lead. We just need to execute better.”

 

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no way

That was his normal game. Against a team with a winning record. Look at the OU game not the stats because they can lie. Look at his passes any type of rush confuses or scares him and he would either pass the ball were it was closer to the db or no were close to tech player. How many times did he do that tonight i count 10 times most of which would have been turnovers if not for the DB back being turned. He did the same thing in that game but for amazing plays by his receivers and his backs. Like the OU game but unlike this game because our out of his league coach designed his game plan for 2 and 5 yard passes. But unlike most coaches that know if all your QB can do is pass 2-5 yard pass because he has no ability at all to avoid the rush. the other team will sit back and wait for those short passes as they did tonight. I am pretty sure all big 12 teams know by now that this kid gets scared if you rush more than 3. Thus all the 2-5 yard passes. In last seconds of first half how many screens? and why coach could it be you knew he has no down field game. If so why is he in the game at all what are you hiding. But better questions were are all the other QBs they were almost no were to be found. Whats up with all the poor body language from most of your offense. Something is not right never seen 2 games were the back ups are almost invisible What is wrong with our team what are you hiding. Thats the only reason you would play this guy and keep in him after a almost identical start. This guy will not develop into a good college QB. He has no strength, courage or the bare basic ability to avoid the rush. So are we going to have to watch Kansas team that will rush him and give us another game of 2-5 passes with more long passes being closer to the DBs than our players. QBs need to be tough and this guy never has been and never will be. I think we would have been better off with a coach that was a grown up not a kid himself. This will hurt tech worse than tubby. Yea he got yards but that means nothing so did brown and look how that turned out in fact i think brown and tubby would have won the last 2 games. Dont kid yourself that OU team is one of the worst i seen in 30 years. Dont blame it on the defense who would ever expect a beat up, inexperienced undermanned unit to have to be in the game more than the offense and if not for the few good plays of the defence it would have been far worse.

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Chelf runs 67 yards on 3rd and 10

Just pathetic. Inexcusable. And say good bye to any chance.

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looks like hes crying in that

looks like hes crying in that picture kind of him balling up to protect him self in OU game when rusher was 4 yards from him. I think kliff will make tubby look like leach by the end of it. Hes way over his head and acts to much like a player to be a good head coach

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Kenp give me a break! KK

Kenp give me a break! KK could coach circles around tubby. I've seen more imagination and better play calling in this year than all three of tubby's years combined. He has been left in a poor situation by a coach who had no clue how to run a spread offense. How else could you explain the qb situation where your options are two true freshman and a sophomore. Give him some time with these qb's before you jump off he band wagon. To top it off what happened to all these defensive studs that tubby recruited? They are constantly out of position against the run and not playing very sound technique. Being aggressive is great and calling more stunts or blitzes is great but when you do and run yourself out of the play using poor technique that has to be fixed. I am still excited though as it is very evident that the players have bought into the system and play hard the whole game which they have not the last couple of years. Once a Red Raider aways a Red Raider! Guns up and keep fighting!

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KK better play calling

sure if thats what you see. hes never coached a qb for more than a year and was handed 2 of the best QBs in in the game. The play calling 2 and 5 yard passes and allowing OSU and OU to set in man coverage because he can not stand any type of pass rush and his down field arm is shaky at best. Now put your all your important emotions aside and look at the facts. we are 4 and 2 in the big 12 with wins against teams with 3-21 wins in the big 12. The defense is not the problem can you tell me how many minutes in last 2 games of the first and second quarter this kid did nothing. Leaving our under man, inexperienced and beat up def on the field. Also how many teams come back in a game with 5 yard passes? And just to top off his great call playing Tech has a record setting place kicker. Which means his play calling and QB is a flop were it really count. Look for even worse games to come if he leaves web in

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Quit complaining

Coachntx is right. Give KK a break. It is his first year with a bunch of kids that he didn't recruit. Win or lose, he is a class act that is a breath of fresh air after what we have been through. Sure the freshman QB made some mistakes, but based on what KK sees in practice, he is the best choice at this time. As for the defense, they did allow 52 points, they shoulder some of the blame as well. OK St could almost throw at will against the secondary with some of our first string players out with injuries. Almost every third down, you knew what was coming and we couldn't defend it. As I said at the beginning, give KK some time before you try to kick him out the door.

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So the problem was the

So the problem was the defense and not those 5 in a row 3 and outs or the inability for kliff to keep his team on the field. What do we really expect from a coach whose has no experience at setting up his own system or recruiting and just wait and see how poor its going to be. So with removing the emotion of him being a loved ex player. What did we get a coach with less that 4 years in total were he was given his system and QB that needed little coaching. It is going to get bad unless we play a lot of 0 win teams.

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Turnovers and QB change

The problem with the turnovers is a lack of discipline. Coach King. is more of a players coach. He should have brought in a little more experience as Asst. coaches. Don't get me wrong I like all the alumni, but all the turnovers are killing us and its lack of discipline. The swagger is fine but, if you can't hold on to the ball it only gets you so far.

There is very little separation between the two Freshman QB's in their passing ability and LACK of mistake free football. I think Coach should go with Baker down the stretch, who at least gives you more of an options with his legs. The O-line is not that great yet and we need a more mobile QB. Otherwise you might be looking at a 5 game losing streak and we end up close to where everybody said we would. K-State and Texas are must wins, I HATE to say it but, Baylor is most likely a loss. Wreck'em!

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al

k-state going to make osu look good and texas is going to be hell. They all watch the films and see what people not driven by only emotions see. A qb that all he can do is short yard passes and gets shaky under any rush making him use the short pass game most of the time. This allows more man coverages and will lead to more turn overs and injures. The fact he has no ability to avoid the rush just will make it easier for other teams. how does our coach try to make up for being behind in the second quarter by calling 3-5 yard pass plays until Webb passes the ball to the OSU player i guess he just dis not see the 4 OSU players sitting in zone in the middle of the field.

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The OSU defense

I dont think it changed what Webb is. His play looks like in his high school film but with much better group of receivers. He needs a year or two to work on his reads, Any of the other 2 QBs would be a much better choice.

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