Sep 7, 2013; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders quarter back Davis Webb (7) passes against the Stephen F Austin Lumberjacks in the second half at Jones AT

Texas Tech vs. SFA: Game Notes

Texas Tech opened the home schedule for the 2013 season last night with a 61-13 victory over the SFA Lumberjacks. Here are some notes and thoughts on that game:

  • Starting right guard Beau Carpenter did not play due to an ankle injury suffered against SMU last week. His replacement, James Polk, performed admirably.
  • a 30-minute rain delay actually pushed kickoff back about an hour from the time the band scrambled off the field just before the national anthem. The entire pre-game ritual was thrown off.
  • Texas Tech students set an attendance record with 14,915 thanks to all the other fans who decided this game wasn’t worth their time. Total attendance was 54,086.
  • 28 points in one quarter ties a school record last set in 2005 against Sam Houston State.
  • Tech hasn’t scored 60 or more points since 2010 when they beat Weber State 64-21.
  • Fumble forced by Dartwan Bush and recovered by Jackson Richards was the first since the Oklahoma game last year. That’s nine straight games without a fumble recovery.
  • At no point during the night did fans seem too interested when the Red Raiders were on defense. No yelling, no stomping, no nothing. I hope that changes this week against TCU.
  • On the SFA trick play, Bruce Jones completely ran over Ola Falemi who was struggling to get off a downfield block. Not a good look for the Tech secondary.
  • SFA’s receivers were open all night. Were it not for so many dropped passes and errant throws it might have been a closer game. Tech’s secondary needs to tighten up the coverage.
  • Jakeem Grant has plenty of speed, but sometimes he sacrifices a five-yard gain to see if he can juke his way to the end-zone. Needs to be more patient and take what the defense gives him.
  • The offense stills struggles to run the ball between the tackles unless it’s a draw. However, if Kenny Williams can get past the line of scrimmage, he’s very hard to stop.
  • The only takeaways of the night came from the front seven, but the defensive backs nearly had maybe three or four interceptions. If Tre’ Porter were just a couple inches taller, he would have had two himself.
  • Mayfield played a great game, but it could have been even better were it not for some overthrows. He kept it away from the defense, but he also kept it away from his own receivers. Every one of his nine incompletions were overthrown, including one to Jace Amaro (6’5″) in the end-zone.
  • After this game, there’s no doubt in my mind Jace Amaro is the best player on this team. He makes every catch and every run look so easy.
  • The offense has a totally different feel from last season. Third-and-long? No problem, we’ll go deep to Bradley Marquez. Pinned inside our own 10-yard-line? We’ll go 90-yards for the touchdown. That kind of confidence was never a part of Neal Brown’s offense.
  • SFA punted the ball really well all night, pinning Tech inside their own 20-yard-line four times.
  • Tech athletics tried waaaay too hard to “engage”  the fans. Yes, the new video board is very nice, but all things in moderation.
  • It felt like two very different games. The second half was all about getting the young guys some time, and I do mean young. I counted at least eight true freshmen in the game who didn’t get to play last week against SMU.
  • I really like Carlos Thompson. If he sticks with it and waits his turn, he’ll be a big-time play maker here.
  • Receiver depth is set for the future. D.J. Polite-Bray had his man beat all night, but Mayfield and Webb just couldn’t get the rock to him. Dylan Cantrell runs fantastic routes.
  • Quinton White brings a different dimension to the running game. He could make a laser-guided rocket miss him in space and has plenty of speed to take it to the house if he gets to the second level.
  • It’s pretty clear now why Davis Webb isn’t the starter. He’s big and he’s got a great arm but he made some awful decisions last night resulting in two interceptions on under thrown deep passes.

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