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.