The Red Raiders had to travel to El Paso to play UTEP in a late Saturday night game. The game didn’t start until 10:00 PM which is a little later than normal. Texas Tech was hoping for a big improvement from the Saturday before when they squeaked out a victory over Central Arkansas. Texas Tech actually started very slow and it wasn’t until early into the second quarter when they got their first score.
One of the biggest bright spots of the game for the Red Raiders was Justin Stockton the freshman running back. He left everyone in the dirt in El Paso with his 75 yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. He finished the game with 8 carries for 135 yards, I wouldn’t be surprised if those carries increase a little next week because the Red Raiders are going to need some big plays to beat Arkansas on Saturday. Also Bradley Marquez was clutch in the red zone, he had 3 catches for the game that ended up as 3 touchdowns. Including the one at the end of the game that later won the game for the Red Raiders with a little over 2 minutes left. Davis Webb completed 17 of his 31 passes for 278 yards with 3 touchdowns. He missed a couple open targets but in my opinion it is not all of his fault. The outside receivers struggled all night against the press coverage on the outside. UTEP was very successful with their press coverage, they constantly pushed the outside receivers off of their routes and screwed up timing for not only the receivers but also Davis Webb. These young receivers will continue to improve and can expect nothing short of press coverage from Arkansas this Saturday.
Also the defense struggled against the rush all night. UTEP ran the ball 52 times for 277 yards which averages out to 5.3 yards per carry. The Red Raiders must do a better job against the rush if they want to stand a chance against the Razorbacks which will be a big test for the Red Raiders. Another thing that constantly hurt the Red Raiders was penalties, late in the game the Raiders bailed UTEP out of a fourth down by having two number 13’s on the field. They will continue to work on this I am sure and as long as Texas Tech can cut down on penalties and continue to improve on turnovers as well as get the offense going early there is no reason to believe Texas Tech can not only hang with Arkansas but beat them.
What I took away from the game is the Red Raiders rushing attack looked very good all night. They rushed the ball 28 times as a team for 226 yards which is a very impressive 8.1 yards per rush. Also Davis Webb and the receivers can only get better from the way they performed the first two games in what is supposed to be a dominating offense. Texas Tech must get started early on Saturday against the Razorbacks, after two slow starts against less than average teams. Texas Tech is three point favorites to beat the Razorbacks despite how they have performed over the first two games. This is going to be a big test for the Red Raiders and the stadium will be packed.
Texas Tech announced this morning they plan to have a “blackout” for the 2:30 kickoff here in Lubbock Saturday the 13th. Just walking around the campus today I could tell my fellow students are very excited about Saturday and you can expect every seat in the house to be filled. Texas Tech is now 2-0 and is going to make a strong effort to start 3-0 going into Big 12 play by getting a big win against the Razorbacks.
Texas Tech Red Raiders
Saturday, September 6, 10:00 PM
Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas
Texas Tech 30