Sep 21, 2013; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders wide receiver Jakeem Grant (11) rushes against the Texas State Bobcats during the second half at Jones AT

Red Raider Football: Bye-Week Notes

The Texas Tech Red Raiders start the year undefeated and nationally ranked with a week off before resuming Big 12 play in Lawrence, Kan. against the Jayhawks. Here’s some notes from the last four weeks of football:

  • Texas Tech heads into their first bye-week with an 4-0 record (1-0 in Big 12 play).
  • After an ugly win over Texas State, Tech moves up to No. 24 in the AP Poll and enters USA Today Coaches Poll at No. 25.
  • The Red Raider defense hasn’t allowed a passing touchdown in two-straight games, giving up just two all season.
  • Junior Bradley Marquez has at least one touchdown catch in the first four games this season. Last Red Raider to do that was Eric Ward  in 2011 with five straight.
  • Tech’s opponents were in 69 third-down situations in these last four games. The defense only allowed 21 conversions (30 percent).
  • After holding Texas State scoreless in the first-half, the Tech defense pitched back-to-back first-half shutouts for the first time since 2005.
  • Thanks to a goal-line stand Saturday which ended in a Pete Robertson interception, Texas Tech hasn’t trailed in any game this season. Tech’s offense scored at least three points on each of their first possessions.
  • Saturday’s announced attendance was 60,997, a new Jones AT&T Stadium record.
  • Will Smith scored on a fumble recovery Saturday night. The last time Tech did that was in 2011 when C. Douglas did it vs. Oklahoma State.


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