Texas Tech senior Jakeem Grant broke Michael Crabtree’s school record for career receiving yards in the fourth quarter of the Red Raiders’ 48-45 win on Thanksgiving night against Texas in Austin.
Grant reached 3,164 in four years, breaking the mark of 3,127 yards that Crabtree produced in two years before leaving early for the NFL.
THE INTERCEPTION RECEPTION
It looked like Patrick Mahomes II was going to be picked off for a second time.
But, then the amazing happened. Mahomes’ deep ball was picked off for a split second by Texas cornerback Holton Hill. But, Devin Lauderdale delivered a crushing hit, causing the ball to pop up in the air where Jakeem Grant was waiting.
AUSTIN – In a football season that’s been anything but perfect, Texas Tech still has a perfect scenario in play, believe it or not.
For Tech, could it get much better than beating Texas and Texas A&M to end a season? The Red Raiders achieved part one of that by finally subduing the Longhorns 48-45 in a Thanksgiving night thriller.
And when I brought up the latter possibility, even Kliff Kingsbury all but asked the SEC and the Texas Bowl to schedule his team against the Aggies.
AUSTIN — Every week, Texas Tech defensive coordinator David Gibbs comes out to the Monday press conference and says the same thing but in a different way.
Texas Tech’s defense isn’t good or even average.
It is flat-out awful.
Gibbs would run it 50 times a game if he was the opposing offensive coordinator.
He would have to say the same thing again this Monday.
But luckily for him, there won’t be a press conference.
AUSTIN – It turned into an old-fashioned game of 3 yards and a cloud of dust.
Or rather, 10 yards and a cloud of dust.
Texas Tech running back DeAndre Washington and Texas’ Chris Warren III traded blows Thursday at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin.
Washington won the battle as he helped the Red Raiders defeat the Longhorns 48-45 in the Thanksgiving showdown.
Sure, Warren ran for 276 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries.
Red Raiders have opportunity with Longhorns dragging
As Texas Tech arrives at the end of its regular season, the Red Raiders are presented with a rare opportunity: the chance to beat Texas in Austin, something that hasn’t happened since 1997.
Could it set up any better?
■ Texas’ top two running backs are hurt, leading rusher D’Onta Foreman sidelined by surgery for a broken finger and Johnathan Gray questionable with a foot injury.
■ The Longhorns aren’t good to begin with. They’re 4-6, much like that 1997 team that finished 4-7.
■ Their passing game’s nearly nonexistent, and special teams have cost them games.
Dylan Haines has been a Texas fan since birth.
His father, John, played defensive tackle at Texas from 1980-83 before he played in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts and the Minnesota Vikings.
His mom, Sandra, was on the Texas track and field team.
His brother, Dakota, played wide receiver for the Longhorns.
Even his grandfather and great-uncle both competed on the Texas track and field team.
When he tries to recall his memories of the rivalry against Texas Tech, one stands out among the rest — Michael Crabtree’s touchdown catch in 2008.
Any superstitions you do to get ready for a game?
“On Thursday nights I usually go eat by myself. ... Then whenever I have free time I usually draw a picture before every game.”
What do you usually draw?
“I am an art major and I am about to start my tattoo apprentice in the summer. I am going to be working in a shop. So, usually I draw anything in black and white.”
Are you going to be a tattoo artist when you graduate?
“It is not a long-term goal, but it is something I enjoy doing.”
Texas started and ended the 2010 calendar year at different ends of the spectrum.
On Jan. 7, the Longhorns fell short of a national title by 16 points to Alabama in the championship game.
Fast forward to November 25, and Texas’ season ended with a 5-7 record and no bowl game.
In February of 2011, the Longhorns signed the fourth-best class in the country according to 247Sports.
Bobby Esiaba didn’t make the Texas Tech football team the first time he went through walk-on tryouts.
The second time around, he stuck — and then he stuck it out all the way through his senior season for little glory. Esiaba’s playing time comes when many Red Raiders fans in the stadium have headed to the concession stand, or when Tech fans at home have made a quick run to the bathroom.
He gets in on special teams, rarely at any other time, and he never thought of giving it up.
What motivates a guy like that?
Behind the scenes
Texas Tech brought in 18 scholarship newcomers this season, about half of whom have already played. Over the next several days, we’ll update the progress of freshmen who are redshirting and some other young players for whom Tech coaches have expectations.
Name: Jamile Johnson
Class: True freshman
High school: Dallas South Oak Cliff