Aug 30, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Southern Methodist Mustangs wide receiver Jeremy Johnson (15) catches a pass against Texas Tech Red Raiders linebacker Terrance Bullitt (1) in the second quarter of the game at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Red Raiders To-Do List: Week 2


After a fantastic opening performance from true-freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield, I would expect him to only improve as the season goes on. However, a few other areas of the Texas Tech team need some serious attention as we enter week two of college football 2013.

Mental Mistakes

First-game jitters probably have something to do with it, and six true freshmen is a recipe for some mistakes; but penalties, dropped passes and fumbles can’t become routine for Tech if this squad is going to win six games. Penalties in particular is concerning, because this team ranked last in the Big 12 a year ago in penalization. When touchdowns are wiped off the board and opposing offenses are given great field position because of penalties, that alone can lose a game.

Running Game

Texas Tech simply could not run the ball consistently Friday night. While this didn’t seem to phase Kingsbury or slow the offense, running the football should be a point of emphasis against Stephen F. Austin, if for no other reason than to prove they can do it. Tech’s backfield in too talented to not be utilized effectively.

Coverage

Perhaps it was the genious of the Hal Mumme passing attack, but it sure seemed like SMU receivers were getting WIDE open on every play. When receivers are that open that quickly, it makes it nearly impossible for even an accomplished pass rusher like Kerry Hyder to get to the quarterback. This week, Tech defensive backs need to focus on tightening up their coverage.

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