Texas Tech’s scrimmage structure on Friday night was tilted in favor of the offense early on. And boy, did Davis Webb and company use those circumstances to bludgeon the defense.
Webb threw five touchdown passes and DeAndre Washington ran for two TDs to highlight the team’s second open scrimmage of spring football, this one under the lights at Jones AT&T Stadium. Webb completed his first 13 passes and finished 23 of 29 for 342 yards.
The offense produced eight touchdowns and a field goal, all but one of the scores coming in the first half. A special teams period served as the midpoint for the 80-play scrimmage.
All the scoring might be a little misleading with Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury drilling game situations and most drives in the first half starting with officials spotting the ball in plus territory. Of the seven first-half touchdowns, five came on series that began at the plus-35 or the plus-20.
Webb looked sharp again nevertheless. Six days after a four-touchdown, no-interceptions outing at a scrimmage in Midland, he threw first-half TD passes for 17 yards to Bradley Marquez, 9 yards to Reginald Davis, 59 yards to Jakeem Grant and 20 yards to Quinton White.
Washington bolted 55 yards for a touchdown on the fifth play of the night, then added a 7-yard TD run — the first behind right guard Baylen Brown, the second behind left guard Alfredo Morales.
Washington led all rushers with six carries for 76 yards.
All-Big 12 left tackle Le’Raven Clark sat out the scrimmage. Rashad Fortenberry took Clark’s place at left tackle, and redshirt freshman Josh Outlaw got a chance to spend all scrimmage with the first team at right tackle, Fortenberry’s usual post.
Inside receiver Jordan Davis made the individual effort play of the night offensively, turning a Webb pass over the middle into a 44-yard TD. Davis caught the ball at the 25, immediately broke one tackle and kept fighting his way through defenders to the end zone.
Second-team quarterback Tanner Tausch threw a 14-yard scoring pass to Brent Mitcham, but had four passes intercepted — by safeties Dorian Crawford and Brandon Bagley and cornerbacks Tyler Middleton and Thierry Nguema.
Middleton blanketed Dylan Cantrell on a go route up the right sideline, then pulled the ball out of the sophomore flanker’s hands and returned the interception 20 yards.
The series after that, Nguema ran stride for stride with speedy Devin Lauderdale up the left sideline and picked off a deep pass.
Notes: The kickers had a difficult night. On back-to-back PATs, Ryan Bustin clanged one off the upright and had the next blocked by defensive tackle Donte Phillips. Kramer Fyfe missed 33- and 39-yard field goals wide right. ... Sophomore CB La’Darius Newbold scrimmaged with the first team, and Nguema, the starter all spring, went with the second team. Newbold had his hands full, giving up a 33-yard pass to Reginald Davis in the first half and a 46-yard post-pattern catch by D.J. Polite-Bray on the first snap of the second half. Then he missed a tackle on Grant on the next play. ... Starting SS J.J. Gaines is recovering from shoulder surgery, so that’s left one slot in the secondary vacant this spring. New junior-college transfer S Josh Keys ran with the first team there on Friday. Defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt said before spring Gaines will be hard to beat out if he comes back and plays at the level he did the first half of last season. Keenon Ward has made the best case this spring to be the starter at FS. ... DE Branden Jackson, SE Devin Lauderdale and OLB Zach Winbush scrimmaged. All had been out with injuries. ... OLB Andre Ross and SE Derreck Edwards sat out, Edwards for the second scrimmage in a row.
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TEXAS TECH SCRIMMAGE
at Jones AT&T Stadium
Washington 55 run (Bustin kick)
Marquez 17 pass from Webb (kick failed)
R. Davis 9 pass from Webb (kick blocked)
FG Bustin 36 Grant 59 pass from Webb (Bustin kick)
Washington 7 run (Bustin kick) Q.
White 20 pass from Webb (Bustin kick)
Mitcham 14 pass from Tausch (Bustin kick)
J. Davis 44 pass from Webb (Fyfe kick)
RUSHING: Washington 6-76, Weh-Weh 6-21, Hall 4-12, Q. White 1-6, Tausch 3-(-14).
PASSING: Webb 23-29-0—342, Tausch 12-26-4—113.
RECEIVING: Grant 6-83, Mitcham 4-33, Polite-Bray 3-72, Austin 3-31, Cantrell 3-26, Q. White 3-26, Pearson 3-13, J. Davis 2-57, R. Davis 2-42, Marquez 2-21, High 1-15, Lauderdale 1-15, Hall 1-14, Weh-Weh 1-7.