1. OPPOSING RUNNING BACKS
So far this season, five opposing running backs have set career highs against Texas Tech.
Arizona State’s Kalen Ballage rushed for 137 yards, Louisiana Tech’s Jarred Craft rushed for 151 yards, Kansas State’s Charles Jones rushed for 128 yards and Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon rushed for 263 yards.
D’Onta Foreman was the fifth as Texas’ 249-pound junior ran for 341 yards in the Longhorns’ 45-37 victory Saturday.
No second guessing
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury and quarterback Patrick Mahomes II stood behind the decision to call quarterback sneaks each time when the Red Raiders encountered third-and-1 or fourth-and-1 four times on the same series in the fourth quarter of a 45-37 loss Saturday to Texas. It didn’t haunt them until Mahomes was stopped for no gain on fourth-and-1 from the Tech 35-yard line with 4:01 left, and even then Kingsbury questioned the spot.
As Texas Tech slipped below .500 Saturday with a 45-37 loss to Texas and Red Raiders fans start looking for a bright side, one’s becoming apparent: It seems more and more likely Patrick Mahomes II could, indeed, be back for his senior season.
Mahomes hasn’t said one way or another, but the level of play the Tech quarterback’s putting on film the past couple of weeks can’t be elevating his stature in the eyes of NFL scouts.
On a third-and-6, Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson tracked down Patrick Mahomes II and pushed him out of bounds.
Texas Tech was forced to punt the ball to Texas with 1:54 left in the half.
And when Trent Domingue kicked a 29-yard field goal, the game was over.
Texas Tech was down at the half, 24-23.
Two quarters later, the Red Raiders dropped their third straight game at Jones AT&T Stadium, falling to the visiting Longhorns 45-37 on Saturday.
When asked if there was anyone who could stop him Saturday afternoon inside Jones AT&T Stadium, D’Onta Foreman grinned.
The junior running back had just run over the Texas Tech defense for a career-high 341 yards on 33 carries and three touchdowns as the Longhorns recorded their first road win of the season 45-37.
Foreman pondered the question for a second or two before answering, “With the offensive line we have, I don’t think so.”
Douglas Coleman may have turned in the defining play of Texas Tech’s football season Saturday against Texas in a Big 12 home contest.
May have, that is, had the Red Raiders won.
Coleman, a freshman defensive back, ripped the ball from the grasp of Texas running back D’Onta Foreman near the goal line and ran it back for a 100-yard touchdown to put the Red Raiders up 23-14 with 7:40 left in the second quarter.
Former Texas Tech baseball coach Larry Hays didn’t know how good a player Josh Bard was going to be, let alone that he’d develop into a 10-year Major League catcher, when Bard arrived at Tech.
Neither, apparently, did Bard. He told a banquet audience Friday night he started playing catcher because he “wasn’t good enough to play anywhere else.”
Thierry Nguema’s teammates don’t always get his name right — even though they know better.
Although his French name is pronounced “TEER-dee,” “n-GEE-ma,” to them, he is “Neutrogema.”
The Red Raiders’ defensive back moved to the United States from the French-speaking, Central African country of Gabon as a child.
His mother wanted to give him a better life; a chance at a better education.
He found that with the Texas Tech.
What does the defensive line have to do to buckle down against the run game of Texas?
“We basically just have to win the line of scrimmage and going hard every day and going at it like we do at practice”
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said the defense had a change in attitude last week. What was that and where did it come from?
“We came prepared and went to practice and did everything we are supposed to and were ready to win.”
What do you do to get ready right before a game?
Texas Tech volleyball still remains in the hunt for an elusive Big 12 win under first-year head coach Tony Graystone after a five-set (25-19, 20-25, 17-25, 25-23, 12-15) loss to Iowa State at United Supermarkets Arena on Friday night.
Tech (10-17, 0-12 Big 12) came out aggressively in the opening set, leading as much as 16-9. Iowa State, as they did much of the match, were only scoring off Red Raider errors and hitting a paltry .114 as Tech slapped a .237 average and soared to a 25-19 set victory.
The Texas Longhorns can’t win outside of Austin — they haven’t this year anyway, going 0-4.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders don’t play well in pre-noon kickoffs — so much so that Kliff Kingsbury, who likes to keep conversations centered on the present, even brought up his team’s lame showings in 11 a.m. games last year and acknowledged an even worse effort in their one 11 a.m. kickoff this year.
The opening act to Saturday’s Texas Tech-Texas skirmish is the pre-game ceremony for 13 Red Raiders seniors.
One of those is linebacker Malik Jenkins. I’ll be sorry to see Jenkins’ college career come to an end soon, because he’s an affable, entertaining interview subject. Tech fans should be sorry to see him go because he’s played two of his best games in the past two weeks, getting credit for a career-high 14 tackles against Oklahoma and then matching that total at TCU.
Saturday was something special for the Foreman twins.
On Texas’ opening drive against then No. 8 Baylor, D’Onta carried the ball three times for 13 yards before Armanti caught a pass for 13 yards.
Then the Longhorns went back to D’Onta as he rushed three more times for 22 yards to set up Armanti for a 40-yard touchdown reception.
It was a career afternoon for the junior duo as D’Onta rushed for 250 yards, while Armanti finished with 142 receiving yards as Texas defeated the Bears 35-34.