The Good: Let’s switch it up this week. It’s Senior day. There will be the largest gathering of Purple Heart awardees on American soil ever. And, we still have a 7-2 Top 25 Texas Tech team that deserves our fans to back them. Let’s sell out the Jones one last time this year.
The one thing that impressed me on Saturday night was that after falling behind 21-0, these Red Raiders never quit. In past years I’m not sure that would have been the case. They couldn’t have started the game any worse, or had anything else fall against them, but they kept battling until the end. Let’s not forget that we have a first year HC, two freshman QB’s, and a defense still trying to battle week to week to be better than they were the years before. Losing to Oklahoma State for the 5th year in a row hurts, but there is a lot of potential for these guys to build on.
It’s Senior day, and no, it’s not going to be as hyped as previous years with an 11 a.m. kickoff, but these guys have given their all for Texas Tech and that is all you can ask. Eric Ward, Will Smith, Tre’ Porter, Omar Ontiveros, Derrick Mays, Chris Knighton, Dennell Wesley, Bruce Jones, Kerry Hyder, Sadale Foster, Rashad Fortenberry, Aaron Fisher, Olaoluwa Falemi, Ryan Erxleben, Brandon DeFrance, Dartwan Bush, and Terrance Bullitt will all make their final run out of the Jones Stadium tunnel Saturday morning and they deserve nothing more than a huge standing ovation for the work they’ve put in to put Red Raider football back on the map.
If that’s not enough to get you out to the game, it’s the “Lone Survivor” game, which includes a set of sweet new Under Armour uniforms to show appreciation for our millitary as well as over 400 Purple Heart recipients, which will be the largest gathering of Purple Heart recipients EVER on American soil. In Lubbock, Texas. To watch your Texas Tech Red Raiders. If that’s not enough of a reason to get you out to Jones Stadium on what is going to be a gorgeous day to watch football then you need your head checked.
The Bad: For the 2nd straight game, you allowed a team from Oklahoma to control the ground game for over 270 yards, as the Cowboys finished with 281 rushing yards on the day. After the game, Kliff Kingsbury said they weren’t going to make any knee jerk reactions and were going to watch tape before they made changes, but changes would be coming. Changes will need to be made as a Wildcat squad rolls into Lubbock and has to be licking their lips at the chance to run on Tech Saturday. Kansas State averages more yards rushing per game than the Cowboys did, so that can’t make the Red Raiders feel good.
The Ugly: A blocked punt, 3 turnovers, and allowing the cowboys to rush for 281 yards on the day will tell you all you need to know. Texas Tech couldn’t have started the game any worse, having 3 punts and a fumble on offense while allowing the Cowboys to build a 21-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Tech matched them score for score after that, but the damage was done as the Cowboys would escape Lubbock with their 3rd straight win at Jones stadium after not winning here for more than 50 years.