Sep 21, 2013; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) rushes against the Texas State Bobcats in the first half at Jones AT

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Texas State

The Good

For the third game in a row, the Texas Tech defense has played lights out, holding Texas State to 240 yards of offense and 7 points. After allowing SMU to score 23 points in their first game, the defense has held SFA, TCU, and Texas State to a combined 27 points. While these offenses aren’t the best ones you’ll see all season, they are showing that they can put together a solid 60 minutes of defense and don’t seem to be rattled easily. With the offense struggling the past two weeks, the defense has stepped their game up immensely and allowed time for the offense to find it’s groove without feeling the pressure of being behind in the game. Through 4 games, Texas Tech has not trailed 1 second of any game, and that’s got to make the defense feel really good about the job they’ve done.

Also of note, for the 3rd game in a row, Texas Tech has helped themselves out on defense, gathering 3 takeaways including a Will Smith fumble recovery for a TD.

The Bad

For the second game in a row, the Texas Tech offense has looked like a unit that has a freshman quarterback leading them. Overthrows, turnovers, and a lack of any real running game until late in the game stalled drives time and time again as Tech settled for 4 field goals on the day. Coach Kingsbury said that Davis Webb came in the game because Baker Mayfield hit the back of his head, but the offense seemingly picked up their rhythm with him at the helm. While he did throw 2 interceptions, he threw for 310 yards on the day and also had 2 touchdowns as well, as the Red Raiders were able to outscore the Bobcats 20-7 in the 2nd half. It’s probably no coincidence that the passing game picked up in the second half when the Running Backs were able to find open spaces, causing Texas State to have to worry about the run game as well as the receivers.

The Ugly

While Coach Kingsbury will enjoy having a week off to see where his quarterbacks are at and who will give them the best chance to win at Kansas, the rest of us won’t get to watch the Red Raiders take the field until October 5th in Lawrence, Kansas. Enjoy your weekend catching up on honey do’s and watching the likes of Iowa State @ Tulsa, SMU @ TCU, and OSU @ West Virginia.

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