As we start to focus on the upcoming game with the Arkansas Razorbacks, Michael_LSRR, Brian DonCarlos and I break down a few key stats and how they played out in the game. This week, we look at the rushing yards of both teams, the penalties committed by Texas Tech and if/how this team displayed the killer instinct the coaching staff talked about last week.
Michael_LSRR – I know I’m not the only Tech fan who was sad to see Aaron Jones go out of the game on Saturday. He is such a talented player, and our Red Raiders had trouble bringing him down. I think the game would’ve been a bit closer had he been able to continue to play, but Tech’s offense was clicking so well that it wouldn’t have affected the outcome. Aside from the 91 yard hiccup, the defense only allowed him 48 yards on 16 attempts. I can live with that.
Brian DonCarlos – It took me until a good way through the 3rd quarter for that typical rush D induced sinking feeling to start to go away. Aside from that 91 yard Jones run, the front 7 performed admirably against the run, with the LB’s in particular standing out to me. I still worry about how the interior line would get tied up in blocks and kicked out even on some of the more pedestrian UTEP blocking schemes early on in the game, but there was noticeable improvement from the first game, so I’ll take it. It would have been nice to see how the defense would have stood up to Jones for an entire game to give us a better indicator about the Arkansas game.
Texas Tech Penalties
Michael_LSRR – It was a tale of two “halves”. The first quarter saw a few false start penalties and a touchdown taken away from a chop block. The remaining three quarters, I believe, only had one yellow flag on the home team. It was as if someone just flipped a switch. I loved it. At this time last year, we were looking at a total of 25 penalties for 204 yards. So far in 2015, we’re at 14 for 107.
Brian DonCarlos – Much like with the rushing defense, it took me awhile to realize that the penalty problem really isn’t as bad as I initially thought. Granted they were mostly dumb mental errors early on, Tech settled down and started playing the way that Kliff has always said he wanted to see. We’re two games in to season 3, but if the turnovers/penalty issues are actually starting to be resolved, we’re going to be in much more games than we initially suspected. Here’s to hoping it’s real.
MeestahRogers – Texas Tech committed a total of 6 penalties, one of which after the second team came in essentially garbage time. Tech played a much more disciplined game. There were still two penalties I would wish to have back (Johnson hitting the UTEP QB out of bounds, and the chop block that wiped away a TD). However, this is certainly progress even from a week ago and I’m encouraged that the team is headed in the right direction.
Michael_LSRR – When I think of Killer Instinct, I think of the SNES game from the mid-90s. If that makes anyone else feel old, just remember that Mario turned 30 over the weekend. Tuesday’s gone with the wind…
Brian DonCarlos – So, what do you do when you’re trying to make a point about putting teams away when you’re supposed to? You keep your first team in through most of the 3rd quarter, even when the game could long since be considered over. It feels like it’s been a long time, probably the 2013 season, since Tech dropped a beating on a team like that, but it was a welcome sight to see. I haven’t felt this good about our offense in years, but knowing that we do what we’re supposed to do against competition like that makes me feel much better about our chances going forward. This week will be a huge litmus test, but if we leave Fayetteville with a win against an Arkansas team that should be mad from that Toledo loss. . .
MeestahRogers – We heard following the game last week that this team was lacking the killer instinct required to put away quality opponents. Texas Tech took a decent lead into halftime and could have coasted coming out in the third quarter, but they didn’t Tech went on to outscore UTEP 31-3 in the second half, including a 17-0 third quarter. Again, I’m encouraged by this progress after only one week of work. The team will need to continue this with the heart of the schedule coming up.