Texas Tech Offense
Pos. No. Player Class
QB 5 Patrick Mahomes II So.
RB 21 DeAndre Washington Sr.
SE 6 Devin Lauderdale Jr.
IR 11 Jakeem Grant Sr.
IR 12 Ian Sadler So.
FL 2 Reginald Davis Jr.
LT 62 Le’Raven Clark Sr.
LG 56 Alfredo Morales Sr.
C 75 Jared Kaster Sr.
RG 51 Tony Morales Sr.
RT 65 Baylen Brown Jr.
K 96 Clayton Hatfield Fr.
Texas Tech Defense
Pos. No. Player Class
DE 9 Branden Jackson Sr.
NG 4 Breiden Fehoko Fr.
What do y’all need to do to stop Kansas State’s run game and mobile quarterback?
“Honestly, we need to play big football. We don’t have the biggest defensive line, but we will get after you speed wise. Knowing they run a lot, we need to play a lot of technique and go back to the basics.”
How do you get prepared for a game?
“I gotta talk to my mom. She keeps me sane, and I gotta say my prayers. You know how football is, you could get hurt anytime.”
What is the most played song on your playlist?
Texas Tech needs one more win.
That would guarantee a 6-6 season and a trip to a bowl game.
It only has two games left — after a three-game losing streak — but both Kansas State and Texas are winnable games for the Red Raiders. And Tech’s best chance may be against the Wildcats for one simple reason.
They are at home.
And that makes all the difference for Texas Tech’s offense, which is averaging more than 60 points per game at Jones AT&T Stadium and only a tick over 30 on the road.
Kansas State has one of the best run defenses in the country, and it’s no recent phenomenon.
It’s been that way since 2011.
In that period of more than 60 games, the Wildcats have allowed an average of 131 rushing yards per contest.
After surrendering only 140.3 rushing yards per game a year ago, Kansas State leads the Big 12 with a low yield of 141.9 rushing yards per game this season — presenting an intrigueing matchup for Texas Tech’s two-time 1,000-yard rusher DeAndre Washington.
Micah Awe was still a young-pup linebacker for Texas Tech when he first appreciated the magnitude of tortillas fans threw from the east side of Jones Stadium.
At one of Awe’s first games — probably his first — hundreds of ’em came flying out of the student section.
A scene from the movie “300” flashed through his mind and an exchange of dialogue between Persian Wars gladiators:
“Our arrows will blot out the sun.”
“Then we will fight in the shade.”
Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt says he’s confident construction can begin in the spring on a 159,000-square-foot Sports Performance Center with more than $44 million raised toward the privately funded $48 million project.
The combination facility for the football and track and field programs is now the front-burner focus of Tech’s ongoing “Campaign for Fearless Champions,” which has funded 13 of a proposed 25 sports facilities projects.
Texas Tech has called a news conference Friday at which school officials will reveal detailed plans for its future Sports Performance Center that include an indoor practice facility for football.
Tech is building the facility for an age-old reason: Because everybody else has one. Tech’s the only school in the Big 12 without such an indoor workout venue and has been for a while.
Kansas State has beaten Texas Tech four years in a row, scoring 41, 55, 49 and 45 points.
The Wildcats rank only 71st in the FBS in rushing offense this season, but the Red Raiders still expect to see quarterback Joe Hubener and running backs Charles Jones and Justin Silmon carrying the ball a lot against them on Saturday at Jones Stadium.
Hubener leads K-State in rushing with 411 yards, followed by Jones with 378 and Silmon with 311.
This particular week in the football season might not require Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury to do much talking in a motivational sense.
The Red Raiders are trying to end a three-game losing streak. They’re still looking for that one more victory needed to qualify for a bowl game.
And, oh yeah, Saturday’s the final home game for the team’s seniors.
Texas Tech missed Taylor Symmank, the kickoff specialist, in the Red Raiders’ 31-26 loss Saturday at West Virginia. Tech didn’t really miss Symmank the punter that much.
Michael Barden made sure of that.
On the first of the freshman’s punts, he got off a 43-yarder while kicking out of his end zone. Then came a 49-yarder that was fair caught at the 9-yard line and a 36-yarder that Tevin Madison easily downed at the 1.
His last was a 47-yarder on which the Mountaineers got a 1-yard return and a penalty for an illegal block that moved them back to their 13.
It looked like a sure-fire touchdown.
Patrick Mahomes fired the ball right where it should be, through the Cover 2 defense and into the outstretched hands of Devin Lauderdale in the corner of the end zone.
But as Lauderdale was getting his feet down and falling out of bounds, the ball popped loose of his grasp and fell helplessly onto the ground at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, West Virginia on Saturday.
With less than a minute left in the third quarter, Lauderdale’s drop cost the Red Raiders a touchdown that would have tied the game.
Kliff Kingsbury admitted he doesn’t have any answers to it.
But he needs to start finding some.
Texas Tech has been awful on the road this season. The Red Raiders are 3-2 at Jones AT&T Stadium this season and 2-2 on the road and 0-1 at a neutral site (that AT&T Stadium in Arlington where the Cowboys play).
But more than the records show, Tech can’t score when it isn’t in its friendly confines.
It was lucky Kansas was one of its road games.
In games at the Jones, the Red Raiders are averaging a whopping 60.4 points per game.
That is a lot.