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.
Compiled by Michael LaBarre, A-J Media
How former Texas Tech football players fared in NFL games last week:
TE JACE AMARO
Was inactive for Tennessee’s 36-22 win over Jacksonville on Sunday. The Titans improve to 4-4.
WR DANNY AMENDOLA
Caught two passes for 29 yards and a touchdown, and also had a key 73 yard kickoff return to start the second half in New England’s 41-25 win over Buffalo. The Patriots improved to 7-1.
OT LE’RAVEN CLARK
Mason Reed soaked up a lot of the glory as a two-way standout for an undefeated state-championship team.
Like many small-town stars, he’s been willing to do less-glamorous stuff to work his way up as a Texas Tech walk-on. No problem, he says. Whatever it takes.
Last year, with Texas running back D’Onta Foreman injured, Chris Warren III set a Texas freshman record with 276 rushing yards against Texas Tech and scored four touchdowns. This year, Warren is injured and Foreman is coming off a 250-yard rushing performance in Texas’ 35-34 upset of then-No. 8 Baylor.
The 6-foot-1, 249-pound Foreman presents some of the same problems the 6-2, 252-pound Warren exploited last year. The Red Raiders won last year’s game 48-45 despite Warren’s running wild, and now they have to devise a way to slow Foreman.
The idea that Texas Tech football and pre-noon kickoffs don’t go together well has permeated Red Raiders fans for several years. Now not even Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury denies it.
Kingsbury on Tuesday noted his team’s lackluster performances last year at Kansas (a 30-20 win) and West Virginia (a 31-26 loss) and again this year against West Virginia (a 48-17 loss) and said a shakeup was in order before Saturday’s 11 a.m. game against Texas.
The blowout loss to the Mountaineers on Oct. 15 was one of the Red Raiders’ worst performances of Kingsbury’s coaching tenure.
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury steered around the flap Texas defensive end Breckyn Hager stirred up Monday, five days before their teams face each other. Hager told Austin media the Longhorns needed to “injure that quarterback,” referring to Tech’s Patrick Mahomes already being banged up lately, then released a lengthy apology hours later.
Given that Kingsbury himself was a high-profile quarterback, he was asked Tuesday whether bulletin-board material resonates in the locker room or if it’s overblown by media and fans.
Center Tony Morales will return for a seventh year in the Texas Tech football program in 2017, approved by the NCAA, so he won’t go through Tech’s senior day recognition on Saturday. Morales missed four full seasons due to injuries.
A Tech spokesman said Tech filed for an extension of Morales’ five-year eligibility “clock” after last season and NCAA personnel who reviewed his case said Morales’ circumstances dictated he could have an extra two years — 2016 and 2017 — if he wanted.
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said it was about attitude.
The Red Raiders held TCU to 399 yards of total offense and only 17 points in regulation in Saturday’s 27-24 double-overtime win — a tremendous improvement from a week earlier when they surrendered 66 points and 854 yards in a seven-point loss to Oklahoma.
Patrick Mahomes II and Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury spent much of the past 48 hours assuring Red Raiders fans their quarterback’s sore shoulder is fine, the spill Mahomes took at the end of Saturday’s double-overtime victory at TCU being just a scare and nothing more.
Oh, well, if Mahomes isn’t hurt, Breckyn Hager vowed Monday to change that.
The Texas linebacker apologized for saying he plans to “injure that quarterback,” a comment that went coast to coast in no time.