Ian Sadler returns
NORMAN, Okla. — After missing the last three games after being injured against TCU, Ian Sadler returned to the Texas Tech receiving corps in Saturday's 63-27 loss to Oklahoma at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. Sadler, however, only had three catches for 40 yards.
“I thought he looked a little bit rusty, but he ran well and I thought his effort was great,” Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “He will get back in the swing of things and will certainly help us next week.”
NORMAN, Okla. — Under new offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma’s offense has looked eerily similar to Texas Tech’s pass-happy offense this season.
Saturday, the Sooners’ offense took a step back in time, with a rushing game that produced much like Barry Switzer’s old wishbone offense — even if it was a bit more spread out.
Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon ran for a combined 355 yards and six touchdowns as the Sooners defeated the Red Raiders 63-27 at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. Oklahoma ran for 405 yards and seven touchdowns on the day.
Samaje Perine burst onto the national scene last season in his first year at Oklahoma.
The then true freshman torched opposing defenses for a league-high 131.6 yards per game and 21 touchdowns.
Perine strung together an impressive three game performance midway through last season with 213 rushing yards against Texas Tech, 427 rushing yards against Kansas and 151 rushing yards against Oklahoma State.
That three-game total of 791 rushing yards was the highest by any player in consecutive games in Oklahoma history.
What would people be surprised to find out about you?
“I take a lot of pride in my beard. I use beard oil and all that stuff. It is my thing. It just doesn’t look like it now because I had the helmet on.”
How long are you going to let it get?
“Until at least January and if I like it then it can keep growing.”
What kind of beard oil do you have to use?
“It is called Texas Beard Oil, I order it and it’s not too bad. ... I have not trimmed it since June.”
Ever since Baker Mayfield bolted from Texas Tech for Oklahoma as though whisked away by a good southwest wind, Kliff Kingsbury knew this day was coming.
Mayfield on one sideline, him on the other.
The Texas Tech coach would huddle up the Red Raiders for a game against his former quarterback, their old teammate, in a scenario you almost never see in college football.
The Oklahoma defense has given up an average of 152.2 passing yards per game. The Sooners’ opponent this weekend is averaging more than double that total.
Texas Tech, the No. 2 passing offense in the country, is putting up absurd numbers through the air, averaging 426.9 passing yards per game.
“We’ve got something to prove each and every week, but going out against the second ranked offense in the country, as a defense that makes you have something to look forward to right there,” Oklahoma junior linebacker Donimique Alexander said.
Riley Shadle got a surprise visitor Thursday morning.
The Clarendon wide receiver and free safety, who broke two vertebrae on Oct. 10 against Lockney, was visited at University Medical Center by Texas Tech football coach Kliff Kingsbury and quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Raiders practiced trick-play conversion since last year
Texas Tech’s trick-play, two-point conversion that worked in a 30-20 victory Saturday at Kansas has been in the Red Raiders’ bag for more than a year.
Le’Raven Clark, Tech’s 308-pound left tackle, lined up in the backfield, took a backward pass from short snapper David Brenner and plunged in.
Special teams coach Darrin Chiaverini said the Red Raiders practiced the same play last year with 275-pound defensive lineman Jackson Richards as the ball carrier, but never called it in a game.
Going into the season, Texas Tech’s football schedule could be broken down neatly into four segments: Two easy non-conference games. A three-game gauntlet against an SEC team and the two Big 12 favorites. A soft middle against the expected Big 12 cellar dwellers. Then a five-game homestretch against teams with whom the Red Raiders are more closely matched.
The final five has arrived with Tech sitting at 5-2 and 2-2 in the Big 12. How the Red Raiders fare will determine whether the program takes a major step forward, shows marginal improvement or settles somewhere in between.
When Jah’Shawn Johnson saw the open field in front of him ,he flashed back to his days at Ennis High School.
Back then he was everywhere for the Lions — defensive back, quarterback (yes, he threw two passes), running back and wide receiver.
Saturday, he was exactly where Texas Tech needed him.
The Red Raiders’ safety stepped in front of Kansas quarterback Ryan Willis’ pass at the 27-yard line and returned it 27 yards for the touchdown. The play lifted Texas Tech to a 30-20 win over the Jayhawks in Lawrence, Kansas.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield’s first game against his former team is arguably the most talked-about storyline leading up to Texas Tech’s game Saturday at Oklahoma.
Of course, Mayfield’s not the only Tech-connected Sooner — and not even the one who spent the most time in the Red Raiders’ football program. OU coach Bob Stoops has a collection of assistants from the Mike Leach coaching tree — offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley from Muleshoe, outside receivers coach Dennis Simmons and offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh.
For the last 45 games, Le’Raven Clark has been a linchpin for the Texas Tech offensive line.
After playing at left guard in his as a redshirt freshman, the current senior solidified his left tackle spot through his consistent work on and off the field.
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