The Kliff Kingsbury era has officially started. One half into the season and it is already obvious that the Red Raiders will be airing out the ball, a lot. Let’s take a look at a few key points for the first half.
Stat of the Half: Kerry Hyder recorded his 10th career sack within the first 20 minutes. He promised one in the first quarter, but didn’t deliver one until a few minutes into the second; either way, a sack is a sack. Will Smith recorded his first career sack with about six minutes left in the half. The very next play Terrance Bullitt got a sack. And before the half was over, Pete Robertson recorded another sack. Tech already has more sacks this half than any game last season. Ladies and gentlemen, defense has found their swagger.
Best Player of the Half: I’m going to go with Baker Mayfield, as cliché as it may be. He’s 18, y’all. He’s a a true freshman WALK ON. He threw his first touchdown pass on a completion to Jordan Davis. He completed 18 of 27 passes for 148 yards. Not bad for his first college game ever.
Adjustments Tech must make in the second half:
- There were several dropped passes within just the first drive. To have the offense every Red Raider fan expects, every pass must be completed. Now the first half jitters are out of the way, offense needs to step it up and complete the passes.
- Jace Amaro. Put him in. (Yes, I know he was suspended.) I can’t wait to see what Amaro has planned as a comeback after the injury and ejection.
- Offensive line has to step it up. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. There was talk about concern all summer? It’s all understood now.
- Eric Ward has to stop holding. He should know better. There’s no excuse for that.
- The running back corps needs to find its way and start running successful routes.
The second half should be a lot more exciting since both sides of the ball seem to have found their way and are starting to be a lot more productive. Time to continue wrecking SMU.