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Five Key Developments

Turnovers, ground, Amaro, safety nets and quarterbacks all things of interest from Tech's loss to OSU

Posted: November 3, 2013 - 11:56pm  |  Updated: November 4, 2013 - 2:06am

Giving up ground

Tech defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt acknowledged this summer his personnel is small for a 3-4, but felt he could coach around it. Now run defense is becoming a question mark after Oklahoma and Oklahoma State approached 300 yards rushing against the Red Raiders. Tech has dropped from No. 24 to No. 58 in run defense in two weeks.

Just more evidence

Not that anyone doubts Jace Amaro’s ability, but the Tech tight end’s latest big game came against a team ranked No. 7 in the nation in pass-efficiency defense. Amaro caught 15 passes for 174 yards against a quality secondary. On his current pace, he’d finish the season with 114 catches for 1,495 yards and six touchdowns.

Safety nets in short supply

Tech got good safety play for nearly half a season from J.J. Gaines and Tre Porter, but now Gaines is done and Porter left Saturday’s game injured. If the Red Raiders were to lose Porter, there aren’t many options other than freshmen Keenon Ward, Tanner Jacobson and Justis Nelson. Austin Stewart has been needed at OLB with Terrance Bullitt ailing.
Questions at quarterback

With nothing but young QBs, it was almost inevitable Tech would experience highs and lows at the position. It happened with Baker Mayfield’s play dropping off against TCU and Texas State, and now Davis Webb has struggled in stretches the last two weeks. Kliff Kingsbury has to coax solid play from that spot for the Red Raiders to finish strong.

Turnovers column hurting

Tech had a net loss in the turnovers column for the fourth game in a row and fifth time in six Big 12 games. For a team that plays with little margin for error, the Red Raiders are making a lot of errors. Against Iowa State, West Virginia, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, the Red Raiders have lost 11 turnovers and countered with only four takeaways.

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not smart

This team and these players do not play smart. They make dumb mistakes. Most of them have played football, at some level, for many, many years. Yet they play as if they are seeing the game for the first time. Until they play smart and stop making the dumb mistakes of inexperienced neophytes, they'll continue to get thrashed by the smarter teams they play every week.


turnovers -- a disaster!

ulysses is right about this team making dumb mistakes! Penalties galore! Holding is one thing, to protect a QB under duress, but false starts, time and again, are really dumb mistakes! And the turnover count is an abject disaster!

Fortune favored the fortunate in the Iowa State and West Virgina games. Those could have or should have been blowout wins, and Tech's turnovers and lack of takeaways made them nailbiters!

In the OU and OSU games, turnovers killed this team! They win the OU game without them and aren't blown out in the first quarter without them against OSU. You can add the special teams blunders like blocked punts as part of those mistakes ulysses points to.


I am OUS

I know they are rebuilding but please dont keep using the same excuse year in and year out. Amaro Great TightEnd he should be with a Team like OSU or Baylor he makes the rest of the team look bad cause he is good. Also the Coach cannot be a Friend he has to be a Coach, he is going to learn the hard way. His future looks good but not in Lubbock.



Being a head football coach doesn't mean you have to be an [filtered word]. Kingsbury can relate better hopefully being the 2nd youngest coach in fbs and not too far removed from playing. I think they do a great job of selling the tech program to recruits/ alumni and fans with their energy and winning attitude.

Next year im betting will be even better and the experience of coaches and players/recruits will pay off.



I agree with bill214. I think he has done a good job and the youthful staff can help with recruits. I think all the turnovers are lack of discipline. Coach Kingsbury is more of a players coach and not a disciplinarian, so that is hurting him right now. He may learn to do that in the future just to keep all the mistakes down to a minimum. I think he has some great players that were left here, and he is getting great play from them, except for the turnovers. Defense is struggling but it has had a lot of injuries. I think that if you are having mistakes issues due to inexperience at QB, why not go to and practice your run game more? There is plenty of talent and experience at RB. OU and OSU has done that because of their inconsistancy at QB and it is working out better for them.

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