Murray State kicks an 18-yard punt
Speaking of the kicking game, the night’s most comical moment came in the second quarter when Murray State punter Lewis Halton shanked an 18-yard punt from his team’s own 14. That set Tech up for an easy TD that would make the score 35-10.
For the game, Halton was extremely busy. Punting 12 times, he averaged just 39.5 yards per kick. Of course, the 18-yard punt didn’t help his average.
Contrast Halton to Tech’s Austin McNamara and it is easy to appreciate what the Red Raiders have at the punter spot.
Having to punt only in the second half, the senior averaged 45.8 yards per kick on four punts. What’s more, he downed three inside the 20 and two inside the 10.
McNamara is a true weapon for Tech. Last year, he averaged over 48 yards per punt to set a Texas Tech football record.
Interestingly, it would take the Red Raiders eight plays to cover the 32 yards they would need following this shank. But still, the awful kick would make it easier for Tech to extend the lead to a truly insurmountable number.