Four-star wide receiver Carlos Strickland caught two passes for 82 yards in Skyline’s 41-14 bi-district round win. Here’s how the rest of Texas Tech’s 2015 commitments fared last week.
OT Madison Akamnonu, Arlington Bowie
Helped team gain 523 yards in 55-52 season-ending San Angelo Central loss in bi-district round.
RB Corey Dauphine, Port Arthur Memorial
Team failed to qualify for the playoffs. Finished the season with 179 carries for 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns.
Tech pursuingRider wide receiver
Texas Tech has offered a scholarship to three-star wide receiver T.J. Vasher to play football.
The Wichita Falls Rider junior is the No. 63 wide receiver and No. 349 player overall, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rating. The Red Raiders are the first team to offer him a football scholarship.
Trailing 14-7 at halftime, Oklahoma knew what it wanted to do in the second half — run the ball and keep Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the pocket.
The Sooners did both and won 42-30 Saturday night in Lubbock. Freshman running back Samaje Perine ran for 213 yards and three scores, becoming the first OU back to run for more than 1,000 yards in a season since now-Dallas Cowboy DeMarco Murray did it for the Sooners in 2010.
Jakeem Grant was supposed to run a slant route.
But, Oklahoma brought a blitz and forced Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes out of the pocket.
The freshman rolled right.
Grant broke off his route and followed. The pass was on target and Grant pulled in the ball for a 6-yard touchdown pass that put the Red Raiders up 7-0. The play showed exactly what Mahomes could do and exactly what he could bring to the Texas Tech offense.
And if the defense had shown up in the second half, it would have given the Red Raiders exactly what they needed.
Twice on its first offensive series Saturday, Texas Tech was flagged for illegal procedure in third-and-short situations. Both times, the Red Raiders hadTylerScalzi lined up at tight end and at least once the Red Raiders gestured toward the Sooners.
“That was what I was told, was they were simulating a snap count,” Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “But that goes on, and you just have to be focused and sit in there. That’s inexcusable, whether they’re doing it or not.”
Texas Tech lost two starting defensive backs in its 42-30 loss Saturday with cornerback Justis Nelson suffering a head injury and not playing after the first series and strong safety J.J. Gaines leaving with a shoulder injury in the fourth quarter.
Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said Nelson was held out for precautionary reasons. Nelson broke up a pass during his one series, his 14th of the season. He came into the game tied for second in the FBS in that category.
Texas Tech had three staff members holding up towels throughout the team's 42-30 loss Saturday to shield its defensive play calls fromOklahomacoaches in the press box.
“Obviously, with the situation we had earlier in the year,” Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said, “I’m sure our signals had been passed around. So we’ve changed some up, and they just wanted to make sure.”
Texas Tech linebacker Sam Eguavoen has experienced four difficult seasons.
The senior watched his first head coach, Tommy Tuberville, bolt for Cincinnati in December 2012. He’s had four defensive coordinators. And now he’ll finish his career with a losing season.
The final negative was guaranteed by the Red Raiders’ 42-30 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium. The defeat also secured their second losing season in his career.