Tech still has no running game: According to coach Kingsbury, this isn’t too big a deal. However they can score points, that’s what they’ll do. But on Thursday night we saw what happens when you lean too much on a true freshman to make all the plays. At some point, Kingsbury and the Red Raiders will need to figuring out the running game.
Running backs made plays: Despite the anemic running game, running back is still Tech’s strongest position on offense. Co-starters Kenny Williams and DeAndre Washington combined for five catches, 105 yards and a touchdown. Two of those catches came on swing passes taken 50 yards for a touchdown and 48 yards for nearly a touchdown.
Amazing Amaro: He’s only played eight quarters of football in three weeks, but junior tight end Jace Amaro leads receiver U with 20 catches, 281 yards and touchdown. Friday night, he turned in a big game against a tough defense with nine receptions for 97 yards. There’s no stopping Amaro.
Quiet Eric Ward: After catching 16 passes for 186 yards in the first two games, the preseason All-Big 12 receiver didn’t catch a single ball Friday night. In fact, the only time they called his number was for a holding penalty.
Thursday night thunder: Tech’s home field-advantage was non-existent for several years, but Thursday night’s crowd, especially the students, brought the noise and energy back to the Jones. Students really are what make a college stadium environment great, so props to Tech athletics for opening up the additional seating.
Dominant defense: The Red Raider defense played better Thursday night than they have in years. Turnovers, tackles for loss, speed. Trevone Boykin was very uncomfortable all night thanks to great pressure from the front seven. The most impressive part of Tech’s defensive effort is something that won’t show up in the stats: discipline. It’s been a while since this defense played with that kind of discipline.