FORT WORTH — Davis Webb once again left a game early because of an injury.
The Texas Tech quarterback hurt his left ankle with 10:42 remaining in the third quarter of Saturday afternoon’s 82-27 loss at TCU. He left the field on crutches minutes after Horned Frogs defensive end Mike Tuaua landed on Webb’s leg following a pass attempt.
FORT WORTH — Early Sunday, Kliff Kingsbury and his Texas Tech coaches will watch video of the disaster the day before at Amon Carter Stadium and see more than just a record-setting 82-27 loss to No. 10 TCU.
They ought to be scared at the sight of one of the worst fundamental teams in college football occupying their sideline and how it got this bad. Twenty-one games into Kingsbury’s head-coaching career, no one should have expected him to be trotting out a flawless, well-oiled machine.
He’s young. His team’s young.
But the Red Raiders are giving themselves no chance.
FORT WORTH — With 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter, the crowd was starting to trickle down to the last few stragglers.
The TCU fans who remained at Amon G. Carter Stadium must have wanted to see just how many points their team could score. The Texas Tech fans were nearly non-existent, a few speckles of red and black that had resigned to stay the rest of the game playing on their smartphones, trying to avoid seeing a final score that eventually reached 82-27.
The latest “embarrassment” was essentially over at halftime.
FORT WORTH — Texas Tech suffered a historic loss Saturday afternoon against TCU.
The Red Raiders set a number of records — including the most points allowed by a Big 12 team in conference play — in their 82-27 defeat to No. 10 TCU at Amon G. Carter Stadium. The 82 points set a school record, 16 points worse than the 66 they gave up to Oklahoma State and Baylor in 2011.
Tenth-ranked TCU’s defensive success thus far should surprise no one.
Dating back to last season, TCU’s last 13 opponents have combined to complete less than 50 percent of their passes while throwing 21 interceptions compared to 16 touchdowns.
An experienced secondary has seven of the team’s 11 interceptions. Cornerback Kevin White, along with safeties Chris Hackett and Derrick Kindred, have two each, while safety Sam Carter has one.
By the numbers
3: DeAndre Washington’s three 100-yard rushing performances this season leads the Big 12.
2: Texas Tech has won both meetings against TCU since the Horned Frogs joined the Big 12.
7: Texas Tech holds a 30-23-3 all-time lead in the series that dates back to 1926.
Offense: Projected starters
Pos. Player Class
LT Le’Raven Clark Jr.
Tech doesn’t give up sacks. Clark is why.
LG Alfredo Morales Sr.
Is back into his starting role after injury
C Jared Kaster Jr.
The leader in a midfield chant last week
RG Baylen Brown So.
Could be key against DT Chucky Hunter
RT Reshod Fortenberry Sr.
Will face small, playmaking DEs
QB Davis Webb So.
Q&A Wide ReceiverDevin Lauderdale
With Bradley Marquez and Jakeem Grant in doubt for Saturday, how do you prepare knowing you might have to be the go-to guy?
“I need to step up and take responsibilities with my actions.”
Do you think you proved that you can be that guy with your performance against West Virginia?
“No, sir, I don’t think I have, but I am going to prove it this game.”
What do you do to mentally prepare for a game?
Bob sent me the following via Twitter this week:
“No bowl trip this year, why not give the freshman qb a chance to see what he can do before the Spring...need to build.”
Solid Tweet, because it encapsulates, in 140 keystrokes, three thoughts a lot of Texas Tech fans have been expressing for a month or more. Heck, quite a few were ready to call it a season before Big 12 Conference play started.
Dallas Morning news columnnist Marc Engel write about Texas Tech's decision to hire Kliff Kingsbury over Ruffin McNeil, who is now the head coach at East Carolina. He says they may not have made the right choice: