Six $4,500 scholarships will be awarded to Texas Tech students who display the best costumes at the Red Raiders’ football game against No. 12 Oklahoma State on Saturday.
Over $27,000 in scholarship money was raised from contest sponsors, which include Texas Tech University System Chancellor Robert Duncan, Chancellor Emeritus Kent Hance, Tech President Duane Nellis, Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt and football coach Kliff Kingsbury.
Ian Sadler beat the target date for his return to the Texas Tech lineup by at least two weeks.
Next step: Trying to return to his old level of performance.
The sophomore inside receiver admittedly was knocking the rust off Saturday in Tech’s 63-27 loss at Oklahoma, a game in which he caught three passes for 40 yards.
“I was out almost a month,” Sadler said this week. “Not being out there for a month, it takes a toll on you. The game’s fast. The people you play are fast. You’ve got to be in shape. You’ve got to be mentally there. It just takes a little bit to get into.”
The Texas Tech pass defense has stepped up in recent weeks, recording at least one interception in the past four games. In that same span, Texas Tech has recorded six total picks in those games, including three against Iowa State on Oct. 10.
Justis Nelson was the latest Red Raiders defender to make a pick, notching one against Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield last weekend.
Closing football seasons with a strong push has been an elusive concept the last four years at Texas Tech.
Tech’s 63-27 loss Saturday at then-No. 17 Oklahoma made the Red Raiders’ 2-19 in the final five games of regular seasons starting in 2011.
Of the 19 losses, 13 have been to ranked teams.
Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was asked Tuesday what gives him confidence that Saturday’s loss won’t snowball into more, following the pattern. He pointed out that all three losses this year are to ranked teams.
Only seven Texas Tech football players have rushed for 1,000 yards in a single season.
Four of them accomplished the feat twice.
Senior DeAndre Washington hopes to add his name to the latter list. Coming off a junior season in which he gained 1,103 yards, he’s racked up 837 yards so far this season with at least four games left to play.
“I think Dre’s doing a heck of a job,” offensive line coach Lee Hays said.
But Washington isn’t settling for the success he’s accumulated so far.
Justin Hall had plenty of big schools looking to add an athletic track and field athlete to their respective teams.
The 6-foot-4, 155-pound senior athlete, who competes at Blue Springs High School in Missouri, said Kansas State, Georgian, Nebraska, Texas Tech and Central Michigan inquired about his interest.
But when it came down to it, Hall admitted the Red Raiders quickly developed into his favorite due to the rabid fan base and small-town feel in Lubbock.
It’s easy to say the Texas Tech defense has struggled.
Statistically, the Red Raiders have allowed opponents to average 562 yards of total offense, including 282 yards on the ground which ranks them 125th out of 127 Football Bowl Subdivision teams.
The latter of the two stats has led to first-year defensive coordinator David Gibbs answering what seems to be the same question for the last eight games — “What’s been the problem with the defense?”
After allowing two sacks through the first six games of the season, Texas Tech has given up a total of nine in the last two contests combined.
Kansas recorded five sacks for 28 yards against the Red Raiders, while Oklahoma finished with four sacks for 14 yards.
“I think it just comes with the territory,” coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “That’s just part of playing the position, and sometimes you go through streaks and teams see different things, and we just have to continue to call better plays for (Patrick Mahomes) and execute better.”
Micah Awe admits he doesn’t know much about history, even if you’re just talking about football.
But, the Texas Tech linebacker knows no matter what, mistakes have been made. And the Red Raiders have made their share, especially when it comes to stopping the opponents rushing attack.