Lubbock, Texas was rocking with crazy Red Raider fans on Saturday, the stadium was filled with nothing but excitement for the first game. The stadium was packed and the fans were great especially the student section. They proved why Texas Tech was selected to have the best student section in the Big 12. It was a slower start and not as impressive a victory as we were hoping here in Lubbock but never the less a win is a win.
There were several things I took away from the game and first off the offense put up big numbers just like we were expecting. Davis Webb threw for 452 yards and 4 touchdowns. Also it was great to see our offensive line open up big running holes for DeAndre Washington who rushed 20 times for 104 yards. The offense started slow but really came on strong with a couple big plays in the second half including a long touchdown grab for Bradley Marquez who had a big game for the Red Raiders and finished with 11 catches for 184 yards.
The defense was better than most people think if you look at the game as a whole. Central Arkansas rushed the ball 54 times and only averaged 3.3 yards per carry. Central Arkansas was successful on all six fourth down conversions they went for; which is always heart breaking for any defense. All in all the Red Raiders can only get better and will turn up the preparation for their game this Saturday against UTEP. It will be interesting to see all the improvements Kliff Kingsbury and the Red Raiders make this week.
Saturday, August 30, 6:00 PM
Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, Texas
35 – 42 Final