Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has said from the moment he took the job he’ll adjust his offensive approach from year to year to suit the personnel.
He proved it last season. Though Tech’s known the past 15 years for passing, senior running back DeAndre Washington ran for nearly 1,500 yards.
With Washington departed, Kingsbury doesn’t see his team’s 125-yard rushing output in the season opener as a reason to establish the running game.
Kliff Kingsbury says Texas Tech’s ready for the higher level of competition this week that’s expected from Arizona State.
For the next few days, though, the Tech coach figures to harp on the facets at which he judged his team lacking last weekend.
Kliff Kingsbury didn’t have time to watch Texas defeat Notre Dame in double overtime, 50-47, Sunday night.
The Texas Tech football coach was busy catching up on his Netflix shows.
“I did not (watch that game),” Kingsbury said. “I was watching ‘Narcos’ season 2. I didn’t get to see it Friday, so I was on it hard yesterday.”
Patrick Mahomes II, though, chose to watch the game.
Red Raider offense must make strides before Saturday
Ondre Pipkins brought a physical style of play to the Texas Tech defense.
In his first action. the nose tackle who transferred from Michigan led the Red Raiders with five tackles in their 69-17 win over Stephen F. Austin on Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Kliff Kingsbury called it “street ball.”
Most others called it a performance that should put Patrick Mahomes II on the Heisman Watch and Texas Tech in line for a solid season.
Mahomes passed for 483 yards and four touchdowns — and ran for another two — as Texas Tech defeated Stephen F. Austin 69-17 at Jones AT&T Stadium on Saturday.
Kingsbury, who is in his fourth year at the helm of the Red Raiders wasn’t having it, though.
Texas Tech’s opener went off without a hitch Saturday night at Jones Stadium, which, as my colleague Nick Talbot points out elsewhere in this sports section, is more than a lot of high-profile FBS teams can say for their openers against supposedly overmatched opponents.
I’ll let Nick detail that.
The junior receiver put on a show Saturday night as he finished with 75 punt return yards against Stephen F. Austin.
Put that in comparison with his total of 81 yards on 13 returns a season ago.
Batson’s first return of the game in the opening quarter went for 30 yards, Texas Tech’s longest since the 2013 season.
He added another for 33 yards in the second quarter.
Texas Tech used 10 true freshmen in Saturday’s season opener against Stephen F. Austin, removing their redshirt option.
Defensive backs Kevin Moore, Douglas Coleman and Desmon Smith, linebackers Jordyn Brooks, Brayden Stringer and Johnathan Picone, offensive linemen Travis Bruffy and Bailey Smith, flanker T.J. Vasher and defensive tackle Joe Wallace all got in on plays from scrimmage.
Entering Saturday night’s contest, Stephen F. Austin was 0-10 all-time against Big 12 opponents.
Make that 0-11 after the Red Raiders routed the ‘Jacks 69-17 to open the 2016 season.
Before the contest, coach Clint Conque mentioned that SFA will focus on its development from the start of the offseason.
The crowd had mostly dissipated.
By halftime, they had seen enough.
In two quarters, Patrick Mahomes threw for 407 yards and three touchdowns and added 57 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
The second was a remarkable Heisman Trophy highlight run, where he escaped pressure, ran to the sideline, pump faked and ran to the end zone and dove just getting the ball inside the pylon.
Despite a few hiccups early on, the Texas Tech football team appeared to be in good form as it made its season debut Saturday night against Stephen F. Austin.
Patrick Mahomes II combined for 540 yards of offense and accounted for six total touchdowns, while his defense created havoc for the Lumberjacks all night, as the Red Raiders defeated Stephen F. Austin 69-17 in front of 60,097 fans at Jones AT&T Stadium.
What was the biggest challenge in transferring from Michigan?
“Sitting out a year. It had more positive than it had negatives, though, because you get to see how to work on your game and you have unlimited reps in the weight room.”
Was the weather a nice switch?
“It is really different. I don’t think it is better or worse. Y’all get dust storms and I had never heard of that in my life.”
Have you experienced one yet?