Nov 9, 2013; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) looks for an open receiver against the Kansas State Wildcats in the second half at Jones AT

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly vs Kansas State


The Good: Playing in his final game at Jones Stadium, Senior Eric Ward began the day with a memorable last run onto the field as his young son held his hand and ran with him. As if it couldn’t get any better for Ward, he went out and finished his last home game with 11 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. That’s not a bad ending to a home career for a Red Raider who is Top 10 in career touchdowns, career receptions, career yardage, and holds the record for most catches in a single game. I have no doubt that Mr. Ward would have preferred a W on Saturday afternoon, but that’s still not a bad home ending to a remarkable career for Eric Ward.

The Bad: Texas Tech again ended the day with 3 turnovers on offense, and that only compounded the fact that the defense had trouble stopping the run for the 3rd game in a row as Kansas State raced out to a 35-10 halftime lead and never looked back. Up 10-7 over the Wildcats, Texas Tech would squander the next 4 offensive drives as they helplessly watched the Wildcats score touchdowns on 5 straight possessions in the first half.

The Ugly: In what may go down as one of the most bizarre player press conferences ever given in the Big 12, Wildcat linebacker Ryan Mueller took to the podium post game to share his feelings about Texas Tech in general, and more importantly, one current/not-current law student. (Note: I took the kids name out because as far as I could find he’s not listed as a student at Texas Tech anymore)

“Personally, I’m not a big fan of Texas Tech,” Mueller said. “My whole family isn’t a fan of Texas Tech. There’s a student here at Texas Tech that I strongly dislike — his name is (blank). He knows exactly who I am and exactly who my family is, and this victory is for him.”

(Blank) is a law student at Texas Tech and the grandson of the school’s former athletic director Gerald Myers. It’s not clear what the connection is between (blank) and Mueller. The Leawood junior did, however, Tweet this following the game, “No worries Caroline Mueller your baby bro has your back FOREVER! I love you I played for you!”
Caroline was a track and field athlete at Texas Tech, but is no longer listed on the roster. – See more at: http://themercury.com/articles/behind-hubert-cats-run-past-texas-tech#sthash.ZfFNR3jk.dpuf
When asked later about what his linebacker might have been talking about, Coach Bill Snyder said he had no clue but would be sure to ask Mueller about it.

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