CFN Take: Texas Tech, Mahomes Blow Up In Loss

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Posted Nov 29, 2014


2014 Texas Tech Red Raiders ... Head Coach: Kliff Kingsbury


Texas Tech Red Raiders

2014 Schedule
Record: 4-8

Aug. 30 Cent Arkansas W 43-35
Sep. 6 at UTEP W 30-26
Sep. 13 Arkansas L 49-28
Sep. 20 OPEN DATE
Sep. 25 at Oklahoma St L 45-35
Oct. 4 at Kansas State L 45-13
Oct. 11 West Virginia L 37-34
Oct. 18 Kansas W 34-21
Oct. 25 at TCU L 82-27
Nov. 1 Texas L 34-13
Nov. 8 OPEN DATE
Nov. 15 Oklahoma L 42-30
Nov. 22 at Iowa State W 34-31
Nov. 27 Baylor L 48-46
Nov. 29 Baylor 48, Texas Tech 46 in Arlington
And You Care Because … Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty was knocked out of the game with a concussion, and Texas Tech went on a roll. Down 45-20, the Red Raiders came up with four touchdown passes in just under 17 minutes, with a 40-yarder to Bradley Marquez with 1:42 to play to pull within two, but the two-point conversion attempt was stuffed. Patrick Mahomes threw for close to 600 yards for the Red Raiders with six touchdowns, including three to Marquez, but Baylor got a huge day on the ground from Shock Linwood, and Seth Russell stepped in for Petty and threw a 27-yard scoring pass to Levi Norwood for a 42-17 lead. After the two teams traded field goals, Texas Tech rallied, but came up just short.
What Else? Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes completed 30-of-56 passes for 598 yards and six touchdowns with a pick
- Baylor QB Bryce Petty completed 18-of-25 passes for 210 yards and two scores, and Seth Russell completed 8-of-17 throws for 82 yards with a touchdown, and ran seven times for 29 yards. RB Shock Linwood ran 24 times for 158 yards and two scores
- Texas Tech WR Jakeem Grant made five tackles for 155 yards and a score, Bradley Marquez caught six passes for 130 yards and three touchdowns, and DeAndre Washington ran 15 times for 65 yards, and caught six passes for 107 yards and a score
- Total yards: Texas Tech 712 – Baylor 547
Game Rating: A

Nov. 22 Texas Tech 34, at Iowa State 31
And You Care Because … Patrick Mahomes connected with Kenny Williams from 44 yards out with just over four minutes to play, and the defense hung on as Texas Tech rallied back from down ten in the second half for the win. The Red Raiders scored the first 14 points of the game on a 26-yard DeAndre Washington touchdown catch and a 72-yard scoring dash, but the Cyclones rallied back scoring 24 straight points, highlighted by two Sam B. Richardson touchdown passes. Down ten, Mahomes found Devin Lauderdale on touchdown plays from 13 and 82 yards out, but ISU took the lead back on Aaron Wimberly’s second touchdown run of the game. Mahomes drive the team 75 yards in seven plays for the game-winning score.
What Else? Total yards: Texas Tech 600 – Iowa State 569
- Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes completed 23-of-35 passes for 328 yards and four scores
- Texas Tech RB DeAndre Washington ran 20 times for 186 yards and a score, and caught two passes for 51 yards and a score
- Iowa State QB Sa. B. Richardson completed 24-of-38 passes for 304 yards and two scores
Game Rating: A-

Nov. 15 Oklahoma 42, at Texas Tech 30
And You Care Because … Oklahoma got down 21-7 in the first half as turnovers and mistakes helped Texas Tech get three Patrick Mahomes touchdown passes including a 59-yarder to Ian Sadler and a 47-yard play to Devin Lauderdale. The Sooners got the ground game going as Samaje Perine ran for a two-yard score and tore off a 64-yard touchdown dash, and added an 11-yard touchdown as part of a 35-3 scoring run. OU also got a three-yard Cody Thomas touchdown pass and a four-yard scoring run in the second half.
What Else? Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine ran 25 times for 213 yards and three touchdowns
- Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes completed 27-of-50 passes for 393 yards and four touchdowns
- Oklahoma QB Cody Thomas completed 10-of-20 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown with three picks, and ran eight times for 103 yards and a touchdown
- Total yards: Oklahoma 517 – Texas Tech 486
Game Rating: C+

Nov. 1 Texas 34, at Texas Tech 13
And You Care Because … The Texas offense ran without a problem as Malcolm Brown scored from three yards out in the second and one-yard away in the fourth, and Johnathan Gray added a 17-yard touchdown dash as part of a run of 24 unanswered points. Texas Tech had the lead thanks to a six-yard Kenny Williams run in the second quarter, but the offense stalled time and again the rest of the way.
What Else? Texas RB Malcolm Brown ran 22 times for 116 yards and two touchdowns
- Texas Tech QB Vincent Testaverde completed 15-of-26 passes for 116 yards and a pick, and Patrick Mahomes completed 13-of-21 passes for 109 yards
- Texas WR John Harris caught five passes for 165 yards
- Texas QB Tyrone Swoopes completed 13-of-25 passes for 228 yards and a touchdown
Game Rating: C+

Oct. 25 at TCU 82, Texas Tech 27
And You Care Because … TCU did whatever it wanted offensively rolling up 785 yards with Trevone Boykin cranking up seven touchdown passes. Even after two scoring passes to Josh Doctson in the first quarter from 51 and five yards out for a 24-10 lead, Texas Tech hung around with Davis Webb finding Devin Lauderdale for a 56-yard score and Ryan Bustin hitting a 38-yard field goal to keep it close, and then TCU went off. It could’ve been far, far worse – TCU settled for field goals with Jaden Oberkrom hitting from 43, 47 and 27 yards out to help the Horned Frogs pull away as part of a 30 point scoring run. Boykin threw his seventh touchdown pass of the game late in the third, but the backups kept rolling in the fourth with Trevorris Johnson scoring from four and 25 yards out.
What Else? TCU QB Trevone Boykin completed 22-of-39 passes for 433 yards and seven touchdowns, and ran seven times for 38 yards
- Texas Tech QB Davis Webb completed 15-of-30 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns with a pick
- TCU RB Aaron Green ran six times for 105 yards and a score, and Tervorris Johnson ran ten times for 105 yards and two touchdowns
- TCU WR Deante’ Gray caught four passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns
Game Rating: B

Oct. 18 at Texas Tech 34, Kansas 21
And You Care Because … Texas Tech got up 17-0 helped by two of Davis Webb’s three touchdown passes, but Kansas, helped by a few Webb mistakes, fought back with Michael Cummings throwing two touchdown passes and running for another to pull within six going into the fourth. The Red Raiders were able to stay ahead for good on a 21-yard Justin Stockton run early in the fourth.
What Else? Texas Tech QB Davis Webb completed 28-of-44 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns with a pick
- Kansas QB Michael Cummings completed 20-of-32 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns with an interception, and ran 11 times for 20 yards and a score
- Total yards: Texas Tech 507 – Kansas 363
- Texas Tech RB DeAndre Washington ran 23 times for 164 yards, and caught two passes for 21 yards
Game Rating: B

Oct. 11 West Virginia 37, at Texas Tech 34
And You Care Because … West Virginia’s Josh Lambert hit three field goals including a 55-yard bomb as time ran out to break a 34-34 tie and cap a wild comeback. Texas Tech held a 34-20 lead late, but the Mountaineers scored 17 unanswered points as Clint Trickett found Kevin White for a 26-yard touchdown, Rushel Shell ran for a one-yard score, and the O went 42 yards in the final 52 seconds giving Lambert the chance. Shell also ran for a 12-yard touchdown, but Texas Tech was rolling in the first half with Davis Webb throwing three touchdown passes including two to Devin Lauderdale from 34 and 76 yards out. Trickett kept the Mountaineers alive with a 56-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Thompson late in the third quarter, but Texas Tech forced the comeback attempt on a 69-yard touchdown run from Justin Stockton.
What Else? Total yards: Texas Tech 565 – West Virginia 550
- West Virginia QB Clint Trickett completed 28-of-44 passes for 301 yards and two scores, and Kevin White caught 13 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown
- Texas Tech QB Davis Webb completed 28-of-46 passes for 348 yards and three touchdowns with an interception
- Texas Tech RB DeAndre Washington ran 29 times for 132 yards, and West Virginia’s Wendell Smallwood ran 15 times for 123 yards and Rushel Shell ran 24 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns
Game Rating: A

Oct. 4 at Kansas State 45, Texas Tech 13
And You Care Because … Kansas State had few problems after getting out to a 17-0 lead in the first half and a 31-7 advantage as Jake Watters ran for a four-yard score and threw four touchdown passes with two to Curry Sexton from 48 and three yards away and plays to Tyler Lockett from 15 and 14 yards out. Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb was picked off four times, with Travis Green and Morgan Burns each coming up with two, but he found Jakeem Grant for touchdown passes from 22 and 19 yards away.
What Else? Kansas State QB Jake Waters completed 24-of-31 passes for 290 yards and four scores, and led the team with 105 rushing yards and a touchdown on 17 carries
- Texas Tech QB Davis Webb completed 22-of-43 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns with four interceptions
- Kansas State WR Curry Sexton caught nine passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns, and Tyler Lockett caught 12 passes for 125 yards and two scores
- Time of possession: Kansas State 40:09 – Texas Tech 19:51
Game Rating: C-

Sept. 25 at Oklahoma State 45, Texas Tech 35
And You Care Because … In a wild game with more than 1,000 yards of total offense, Oklahoma State got four touchdown passes and a scoring run from Daxx Garman including a 47-yard play to Blake Jarwin early in the third and a 50-yard play to Tyreek Hill to put the Cowboys up 14 in the third – James Washington caught touchdown passes from 33 and 39 yards away. Texas Tech kept pushing with four touchdown passes from Davis Webb including two to Reginald Davis to open up the scoring with a 21-yarder to open up the scoring and a 22-yarder to pull within seven in the third after the Hill play. The Cowboys put the game just out of reach answering with ten straight points, but with Webb out with an apparent shoulder injury, Patrick Mahomes tried to rally the Red Raiders back with a four-yard touchdown throw to Jakeem Grant. However, a wild play from Mahomes leading to a late pick sealed the win for OSU.
What Else? Oklahoma State QB Daxx Garman completed 17-of-31 passes for 370 yards and four touchdowns with two picks, and ran seven times for 27 yards and a touchdown.
- Before getting hurt, Texas Tech QB Davis Webb completed 35-of-54 passes for 374 yards and four scores with two picks. Jakeem Grant caught 12 passes for 100 yards and a score.
- Oklahoma State WR Marcell Ateman caught six passes for 130 yards
- Oklahoma State DE Jimmy Bean made eight tackles with two sacks and two forced fumbles. Texas Tech LB Pete Robertson led the team with eight tackles with two sacks
Game Rating: B

Sept. 13 Arkansas 49, at Texas Tech 28
And You Care Because … The power beat the flash as Arkansas bludgeoned the Ted Raiders for 438 rushing yards with Jonathan Williams running for four touchdowns from six, 13, 12, and seven yards and Alex Collins running for scores from 15 and 84 yards out. With the score tied at 21 late in the first half, Williams ran for a 12-yard score to lead a Hog 28-7 scoring run to close things out. Texas Tech’s Davis Webb threw three touchdown passes, but he was picked off twice and the offense sputtered for most of the second half.
What Else? The Arkansas power game worked, to put it mildly. Alex Collins ran 27 times for 212 yards and two touchdowns, and Jonathan Williams ran 22 times for 145 yards and four scores. The team combined to average 6.4 yards per try with seven scores.
- Texas Tech QB Davis Webb completed 27-of-45 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns with two picks.
- Texas Tech never seemed to have the ball. Arkansas had the ball for 40:39 compared to 19:21.
- Arkansas LB Brooks Ellis made eight tackles with four broken up passes and a forced fumble.
Game Rating: B

Sept. 6 Texas Tech 30, at UTEP 26
And You Care Because … Texas Tech seemed to be able to get a little breathing room in the third quarter on Bradley Marquez’s second of three touchdown grabs of the game, but UTEP kept pushing with Jeremiah Laufasa running for a 24-yard score and Aaron Jones coming up with his second touchdown run of the game scoring from nine yards out with just over five minutes to play for a 26-23 Miner lead. Davis Webb led the Red Raiders 75 yards in seven plays with a nine-yard touchdown pass to Marquez with 2:32 to play to finally take the lead for good.
What Else? Texas Tech QB Davis Webb only completed 17-of-31 passes for 278 yards and three scores. Bradley Marquez caught three passes for 33 yards and three scores.
- Texas Tech RB Justin Stockton ran eight passes for 135 yards and a 75-yard touchdown.
- UTEP controlled the clock and the game holding the ball for 39 minutes to Texas Tech’s 21.
- UTEP RB Aaron Jones ran 23 times for 147 yards and two touchdowns.
Game Rating: A

Aug. 30 at Texas Tech 43, Central Arkansas 35
And You Care Because … In a streaky game, Texas Tech scored 21 straight points to take the lead in the third quarter and never trailed the rest of the way, but it was a fight. Davis Webb threw four touchdown passes connecting with Bradley Marquez on fourth quarter touchdown passes from 70 and 27 yards away, but UCA wouldn’t go away. Three different UCA players ran for scores and Ryan Howard threw a touchdown pass to Damien Watts, but Texas Tech was able to hang on late.
What Else? Davis Webb completed 39-of-52 passes for 452 yards and four scores, but he threw two picks.
- Bradley Marquez was unstoppable with 11 catches for 184 yards and two scores. He took over the game in the fourth quarter.
- Texas Tech didn’t ignore the ground game, and it seemed to settle down Webb at times. DeAndre Washington ran 20 times for 104 yards and a score, plowing away at times when he had to.
- Sloppy for a bit, the Red Raiders were -2 in turnover margin and committed 15 penalties for 113 yards.
Game Rating: A-

2014 Preview 

Can the team that whacked around a terrific Arizona State team in the Holiday Bowl show up throughout the Big 12 season?

Of course, bowl games are self-contained entities, but after losing five straight games following a 7-0 start, and proving to be a bum slayer with no FBS victories over anyone who finished with a winning record, 2013 Texas Tech appeared to be a lot of flash, a lot of fun, and a lot about being handsome. And then reality came down like a hammer when it was time to take a seat at the Big 12 adult table.

It’s not like the Red Raiders were totally awful, but the defense went goodbye in November allowing an average of 51.25 points in losses to Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Baylor and Texas.

484 yards of total offense and four touchdown passes in a dominant 37-23 win over Arizona State later, and now the narrative has changed.

Maybe Kliff Kingsbury needed a year to get everything in place, and now he’s about to take the offense and the program to a whole other level.

Considering all the drama and controversy surrounding the departure of Mike Leach, Tommy Tuberville did a decent job. But he wasn’t Texas Tech like Kingsbury is.

It’s always good to be the coach following the coach who followed The Coach, and with Big 12 championships not a part of the fun over the years despite all the offensive wizardry, Kingsbury can all but shove aside the Leach era with one really, really good campaign. It’s every mid-range Big 12 program’s mantra: If Baylor can …

Texas Tech might not have the talent or the horses the Bears have enjoyed over the last few seasons, but that’s changing. Kingsbury is a hot coach at a suddenly hot program with an offense that’s been around for a while, but it just a wee bit cooler now when the guy who helped turn Johnny Manziel into Johnny Football is running the show.

But can the Red Raiders start beating the good teams in the Big 12 on a regular basis and not just take care of the mediocre?

The offense finished second in the nation last year in passing and eighth overall, and there’s no reason to think it’s going to slow down this year with eight returning starters and a rising star quarterback in David Webb.

The defense has to replace six starters and needs help coming up with big plays and key stops against the better offenses, but as long as it can hold serve once in a while so the offense go do what the offense does, this could be a dangerous team that no one wants to face.

It might take a few years and a full recruiting cycle for Texas Tech to rise above being a petty annoyance, but it’s going to be a fun ride. The Big 12’s biggest X factor should be wildly unpredictable, but all guns are pointed up.

What to watch for on offense: As always, you know exactly what’s coming. The problem is that the passing game doesn’t just have to be good; it has to be otherworldly for the offense to fly. Over the first seven games of the season – all wins – the Red Raiders threw for 404 yards or more in six of them, throwing for 293 against TCU in what turned out to be a 20-10 slugfest. The passing attack hit the 400-yard mark just once over the final five regular season games – all losses – and it took 71 throws to get to 425 yards in the 52-34 loss to Oklahoma State. Against Arizona State? 403 yards, meaning Texas Tech was 7-1 last season when throwing for 400 yards or more, and 12-2 over the last three seasons when hitting the mark. This year, expect 400 passing yards to be the norm despite the loss of top targets Jace Amaro and Eric Ward.

What to watch for on defense: If you can play defense, you might have a shot at battling for a starting spot on a defense that got shredded by anyone with a running game but was surprisingly terrific against the better passers. This year, it’s going to be a fight with three new starters in the secondary and question marks in the defensive interior. Expect several newcomers to play big roles right out of the gate with JUCO transfers and true freshmen getting their chances in the rotation at several key spots. The big spotlight will be up front in the interior with juniors Jackson Richards and Demetrius Alston needing to hold up from the start, but there needs to be a good rotation around them. Over the first half of the season when the team was winning, the D allowed 200 rushing yards just once in the first seven wins – in the close call against TCU – and gave up 277 yards or more in every game the rest of the way, with the one aberration the bowl win over Arizona State. Stop the run, control the game, and everything will work out. Easier said than done.

The team will be far better if … everyone can stop screwing up. Naturally there will be interceptions when you’re using a few new quarterbacks in an offense that throws the ball 714 times, so the 18 picks weren’t all that bad. However, for a team that didn’t run all that often, the 15 lost fumbles were a killer with nine coming over the final six game stretch. Penalties were the other big issue, committing a whopping 104 on the year with ten or more coming in four games including 11 for 102 yards against Texas. Steady, the sins occurred on a regular basis with seven or more penalties in 11 of the 13 games. Texas Tech just isn’t good enough to survive so many mistakes.

The schedule: It’s not going to be like years past when the Red Raiders could load up early and hang on late unless they can get by Arkansas at home. Starting out against Central Arkansas and UTEP should be good warm-ups, but the Hogs are much stronger this year. There’s a week off after dealing with Bret Bielema’s club, and Tech is going to need it.

The Big 12 schedule starts out at Oklahoma State on a Thursday and is followed up by Kansas State. On the plus side, that gets two road games out of the way with just two true road games – TCU and Iowa State – the rest of the way. However, the season finale against Baylor is in Arlington. Getting Texas and Oklahoma in back-to-back November games, and wrapped around a week off, should be interesting, but the date with the Sooners on November 15th is the last one in Lubbock.


Best offensive player: Senior OT Le’Raven Clark. The guys up front have to make the machine go, and while there were too many sacks allowed last season – 33 – and the quarterback was getting popped a bit too often, Clark was still one of the key stars at left tackle. With four starters returning, the line should be a major positive, but it’s Clark who’s the one everything works around and the guy who has to keep Davis Webb upright. The veteran has excellent size and great feet, and after earning First Team All-Big 12 honors last season, he should be in the mix for All-America consideration.

Best defensive player: Senior LB Sam Eguavoen. The hope is for DE Branden Jackson to take his game up a few notches to make up for the loss of Kerry Hyder, and hybrid LB/DE Pete Robertson should be among the team’s statistical stars, but everything will be funneled Eguavoen’s way. He might not be all that big, but he can move and holds up well. Now he has to make more plays closer to the line and not down the field.

Key player to a successful season: Sophomore QB Davis Webb. Of course, as the triggerman for the attack he has to throw for a bazillion yards a game of the season won’t work, but just as important will be staying healthy with Michael Brewer taking off and early season star Baker Mayfield going to Oklahoma. After spring ball the Red Raiders had just one quarterback – Webb – officially listed on the roster, meaning new recruit Patrick Mahomes had better be ready to roll from Day One. A star baseball pitcher, he has the arm, but he needs time in the system and lots and lots of practice reps. This could be his offense, though, if Webb gets popped.

The season will be a success if … the Red Raiders win ten games. It might seem like a bit of a lofty goal, but after winning eight games last season, and with so many veterans back on offense, shooting for an extra two victories is a reasonable goal. If this a ten-win team? The defense has to be far better to get even close, but Central Arkansas, UTEP, Kansas, West Virginia and Iowa State have to be sure things, and then it’ll be up to coming up with a few upsets to get close. There might not be enough in the bag to win the Big 12 title, but a top four finish is possible with a few big breaks.

Key game: Nov. 1 vs. Texas. Texas Tech got obliterated 41-16 in Austin by a team that didn’t show up on a regular basis. The last win over the Longhorns came in the epic Michael Crabtree game in 2008, and before that it was 2002. This season, coming up with a win at home over Charlie Strong’s bunch will be vital with Oklahoma coming up next and coming off a road game at TCU. Beating Texas would be a huge moment for both Kingsbury and the program.

2013 Fun Stats:
- Third Down Conversions: Texas Tech 98-of-218 (45%) – Opponents 71-of-207 (34%)
- Penalties: Opponents 107 for 928 yards – Texas Tech 104 for 978 yards
- Fumbles: Texas Tech 34 (lost 15) – Opponents 23 (lost 11)

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