So Texas Tech is off to a pretty good start.
After a sloppy 20-10 win over No. 24 TCU last night in the Big 12 opener, the Red Raiders improved to 3-0 under first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
What was learned about Texas Tech against the Horned Frogs in front of a national TV audience? Keep reading to find out.
- Baker Mayfield will take chances and the opposition better be ready to take advantage of them. Like any inexperienced quarterback, Mayfield isn’t afraid to throw a pass in the smallest of windows or take a costly sack. Last night TCU picked Mayfield three times and brought him down in the backfield four others. Mayfield can be elusive, but holds the ball away from his body and it can be punched away.
- Didn’t see much of Davis Webb, but the ‘other’ true freshman for the Red Raiders looked solid. Webb threw a beautiful ball to Bradley Marquez in the corner of the end zone to make it 17-10 and completed 3 of his 4 passes for 77 yards. Unlike Mayfield, Webb is tall and can see the field better — which is dangerous in Kingsbury’s Air Raid.
- Texas Tech continues to be a heavily penalized team. Yellow flags rained down on the Red Raiders last night (10 penalties for 89 yards) and they average 91 penalty yards per game.
- Terrance Bullitt is a menace. Bullitt blew up several TCU bubble screens and a regular wide receiver can’t block the 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker. Add in the fact that Bullitt is great in coverage (six pass breakups) and fits his gap well against the run, he might be Texas Tech’s best defensive player.
Texas State travels to Lubbock next Saturday for a clash with the Red Raiders. We’ll have more on this game throughout the week.