Ed. Note: There won’t be a Primer today as there isn’t a line for the Texas Tech vs. Texas game posted yet. I’ll be posting the Primer, Matching Up and Seven Points all next week.
Week 11 Red Raider Game Ball – DeAndre Washington:
Washington Lifts Texas Tech. WreckEm 24/7 Editor (via the LAJ) Carlos Silva, Jr. writes his game recap with the thought that RB DeAndre Washington lifted Texas Tech on Saturday:
The Red Raiders scored on their first four offensive possessions — aided by DeAndre Washington and Justin Stockton, who combined for 327 total yards and six touchdowns in a 59-44 win and, more importantly, qualified the Red Raiders for a bowl game.
“The whole week, we felt like we had some things that would could capitalize on with their defense,” said Washington, who finished with a career-high 248 rushing yards and three scores. “I think those receivers, they did a helluva job. Especially, downfield — springing some of those longer runs. It was just a good team effort.”
An Important November Win. LAJ’s Don Williams writes that Texas Tech finally wins an important game in November:
So winning Saturday was notable for Tech, and for no one more so than Kliff Kingsbury. Kansas State was coming off playing at home on a Thursday night, so the Wildcats already were done with their game for last week when the Red Raiders were getting on a plane to West Virginia.
Two games in a row, Tech faced teams who had extra preparation time, and Tech associate head coach Mike Jinks confided last week that that’s an advantage, for sure.
Snyder had at least a 48-hour head start on Kingsbury, and yet Kliff had it all over Bill on Saturday. Tech ran for 274 yards — DeAndre Washington with 248 — on the Big 12’s top-ranked rush defense. K-State quarterback Joe Hubener rushed for 111 yards against TCU, for 153 against Baylor, for six touchdowns combined in those two games … and he had 9 yards on 14 carries against Tech.
Washington’s Big Day. LAJ’s Nicholas Talbot writes that DeAndre Washington’s big day won’t be soon forgotten:
“I thought they’d done a pretty good job against the run, when you look at TCU,” Kingsbury said. “Boykin had a big good game against them, … and then against Baylor, they really did a good job against the run. I didn’t see this coming, but once we got hot, he just kept going.”
And going and going.
Washington doubled Boykin’s total.
And he seemed to do it with ease — almost like he was running against, well, the Red Raiders’ rush defense.
But, that is what he has done all season long.
Without a doubt, Washington is this season’s MVP for the Red Raiders.
Bowl Projections. ESPN is projecting that Texas Tech will go to the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl in Houston, with Mark Schlabach predicting that Texas Tech will play LSU and Brett McMurphy is predicting Texas Tech will play Texas A&M. CBS Sports via Jerry Palm is predicting Texas Tech will play California in the Cactus Bowl in Tempe.
Miscellaneous. Via the LAJ a short three things from the game . . . ESPN’s Big 12 Blog Bros have their weekly Big 12 rankings and Texas Tech checks in at #6 . . . LAJ’s Don Williams files his notebook after the game . . .