Texas Tech Shows Flaws. LAJ’s Don Williams writes that Texas Tech’s flaws showed up big-time against Baylor:
Texas Tech center Jared Kaster said his fellow senior Branden Jackson had a message for the younger Red Raiders in a downcast post-game locker room scene: You can’t let this be a landslide. You can’t let it go all downhill from here.
That emerging optimism Texas Tech had reason to feel after the first month of the season took a hit here Saturday at Tony Romo’s playground with a 63-35 loss to Baylor. The Red Raiders, heartened by their unexpected victory at Arkansas one week and a near-upset of TCU the next, got humbled in their second consecutive game against a top-five opponent.
These last three games were rightly viewed as a barometer of how much the Red Raiders have improved since the 2014 disaster. Based on final scores, if not defensive metrics, Tech’s come a ways: Compared to last year, 33 points better against Arkansas and 52 points better against TCU.
Embarrassing Loss. LAJ’s Nicholas Talbot writes that Saturday’s loss was embarrassing:
He isn’t wrong.
Tech needs to forget the last two games, especially this one.
After all, there isn’t much worth remembering.
Four turnovers. Seventeen penalties.
Too many dropped passes.
The Red Raiders’ offense — as it always does — showed promise.
Patrick Mahomes finished 32 of 50 passing for 415 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for team-leading 39 (yes, only 39) yards and a score.
Despite one bad interception, Mahomes deserved better.
His receivers owe him apology.
Capable of Bowling. LAJ’s Talbot also writes that Texas Tech is still capable of going to a bowl game:
Texas Tech was also one of the best teams in the country in turnover margin coming into the game, which was a direct contrast to last season.
They lost that battle Saturday as well, 4-1.
But one bad game doesn’t make this last season’s team. Nor does the last-second loss to TCU.
Tech really wasn’t expected to win these two games.
Heck, it wasn’t expected to beat Arkansas. The Red Raiders were 10-point underdogs.
But, they did.
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— Michael Strong (@stillstrongttu) October 4, 2015
Miscellaneous. LAJ’s Don Williams has his post-game notebook . . . ESPN has their bowl predictions and has Texas Tech going to the Liberty Bowl . . . LAJ has three things to know after the game . . . the DMN ranks the teams in Texas . . . via RRS Texas Tech offered Desmon Smith, a cornerback from Odessa Permian . . .