Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:41 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 1:41 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Spring football is in the air, and with our Spring Practice Primers the Eye On College Football Blog gets you up to speed on what to look for on campuses around the country this spring. Today we look at Texas Tech.
Spring Practice Starts: Friday, February 17
Spring Game: Saturday, March 24
Three Things To Look For:
1. Finding stability on defense. Texas Tech has gone through a number of different defensive coordinators in recent years, and it's shown on the field. This year it's up to Art Kaufman to revamp a defense that finished eighth in the Big 12 in total defense and ninth in scoring defense in 2011. His job won't be easy, either, as Texas Tech was equally terrible against both the run and pass last season. Fixing all Tech's problems on the defensive side of the ball can't be done in only one year, let alone in a couple weeks of practices, but the foundation to building a new defense must start being built now.
2. Seth Doege must lead the way at quarterback. The Red Raiders come into the spring with only two quarterbacks on scholarship in senior Seth Doege and redshirt freshman Michael Brewer. Which means that this job belongs to Doege, and he will play a large role in how well Texas Tech performs in 2012. Doege was good last year in his first year as a starter, but he does have to work on his decision making. While he can't be blamed for Tech losing 7 of its last 8 games, he did throw 10 touchdowns and 9 interceptions in Tech's 7 losses. Compare those numbers to the 18 touchdowns and 1 interception Doege threw in Tech's victories. With a year of experience in the offense under his belt, and not having to worry about losing his job, Doege can focus solely on his decision making this spring.
3. Getting healthy. Tech has a bit of a problem this spring with health. All those injuries that helped sink the 2011 season are still impacting the team now, as players like Eric Stephens, DeAndre Washington, Alex Torres, Happiness Osunde, and Chris Yeakey are all still recovering from knee surgeries that were needed following last season. Of course, while these injuries hurt, they'll also provide opportunities for players lower on the depth chart to step up and shine.
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Posted on: October 23, 2011 1:45 am
Edited on: October 23, 2011 1:46 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
TEXAS TECH WON. Yes, you read that right. Oklahoma's 39-game winning streak at home came to an end on Saturday night, as did Oklahoma's hopes of winning a national title this season. Texas Tech had a 31-7 lead early in the third quarter and then held on as tight as it could over the final 28 minutes to pull off the upset. Texas Tech picked up 553 yards of total offense on the night, and it needed just about every one of them. Seth Doege threw for 425 yards and 4 touchdowns on the night, with Alex Torres catching 4 passes for 94 yards and 3 touchdowns. Landry Jones threw for 405 yards and 5 touchdowns in the losing effort.
WHY TEXAS TECH WON. Texas Tech dominated the first 32 minutes of this game, but if it weren't for Oklahoma's red zone woes and a missed field goal late, this game could have had a different outcome. Still, Texas Tech's offense did just enough to get the Raiders a huge win, even if the Oklahoma defense finally slowed it down in the second half, the deficit just proved to be too much to overcome.
WHEN TEXAS TECH WON. After Michael Hunnicutt missed a 28-yard field goal in the final minutes that would have cut Texas Tech's lead to 41-34, Oklahoma got the ball back and Landry Jones found James Hanna for a touchdown to cut the lead to 41-38 with 70 seconds to go. Oklahoma's onside kick was then recovered by Texas Tech, and the game was finally over with that missed field goal looming incredibly large.
WHAT TEXAS TECH WON. Quite possibly the biggest game in school history save for that victory over Texas back in 2008, and definitely the program's biggest win under Tommy Tuberville. To come into Norman and end Oklahoma's 39-game winning streak at home and crush the Sooners chances of being national champions? That's huge. It had to feel even better with the Red Raiders coming off of two straight losses against ranked teams by a combined 10 points. Tech may be 5-2 on the season, but it's been a pretty impressive 5-2.
WHAT OKLAHOMA LOST. Just about everything. It's national title hopes, the home winning streak, they're all gone. The silver lining is that Oklahoma still has a chance to win the Big 12 and go to a BCS bowl this January, but let's be real, the main goal in Norman this season was a national championship. Now the Sooners are on to Plan B.
THAT WAS CRAZY. We haven't had one in a while, but much like so many games in September, this one was delayed about two hours thanks to some bad weather in the area. Which worked out well for college football fans across the country because it allowed them a chance to watch one of the most entertaining games of the day.
Posted on: October 8, 2011 11:34 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2011 11:34 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
TEXAS A&M WON. Finally the Aggies were able to get the second half monkey off their backs, though it came down to the final minute in Lubbock on Saturday night. Still, A&M played a full 60 minutes for the first time in three weeks as the Aggies rode the legs of Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael, along with all of Ryan Tannehill's limbs to a much-needed win. Tannehill finished the night with only 189 yards passing and a touchdown, but he also rushed for another 55 yards and two touchdowns. Gray and Michael combined for another 167 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. Seth Doege had a big day for Tech in the loss, throwing for 389 yards and 3 touchdowns, and Alex Torres (8 catches, 111 yards) was his favorite target.
WHY TEXAS A&M WON. Looking at the box score, you might have a hard time figuring out how Texas A&M won this game. The Red Raiders outgained the Aggies 523 yards to 410, had the edge in time of possession, didn't turn the ball over and Texas A&M had 9 penalties for 100 yards. In spite of all that, the Aggies still leave town in a dirty bus with a victory. What it came down to, though, was that even though the Aggies gave up yards rather easily, the defense made the plays it needed and the Aggies offense kept answering Tech scores with scores of its own.
WHEN TEXAS A&M WON. It wasn't until Texas Tech's onside kick came down in the arms of an Aggie with 31 second left to go in the contest that you could consider this one official.
WHAT TEXAS A&M WON. A much needed conference victory to not only get out of an 0-1 hole in Big 12 play, but to restore some confidence to the roster. You can say that the two collapses of the last two weeks are things of the past and out of your mind all you want, but until you go out and prove that you can hold a lead in the second half, the doubt is always going to be there. Had Texas Tech completed the comeback in the fourth quarter, I'm not sure the Aggies would ever be able to recover from it.
WHAT TEXAS TECH LOST. The dreams of an undefeated season are no more, and although a 1-1 start in the Big 12 isn't devastating, when Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State and Baylor all remain on the schedule, it could be.
THAT WAS CRAZY. In the third quarter Seth Doege threw a pass out to Eric Stephens in the flat that Stephens bobbled and dropped. Texas A&M's Damontre Moore then dove into Stephens' knee, causing it to bend in a way you never want to see a knee bend, and then rolled over on it. Eric Stephens then had to be carted off with an air cast on his leg, and I'm not expecting a positive diagnosis. I don't think Moore was trying to hurt Stephens in any way, but why are you diving into the knee of a player who just dropped a ball? There's absolutely no reason for it.