Listless Offense. LAJ’s Don Williams writes that the offense was listless against Kansas:
The Red Raiders did just enough to beat probably the weakest team in a power-five conference.
That didn’t cut it for Kliff Kingsbury, who sounded more like the losing coach than the winning. Here’s the Kliff’s notes version of the Tech coach’s post-game: Running back DeAndre Washington and the defense saved the day.
Everybody else stunk it up.
Flat Performance. LAJ’s Nicholas Talbot writes that Texas Tech’s performance was flat against Kansas:
The Red Raiders just went through one grueling stretch, facing Arkansas, Baylor and TCU back-to-back-to-back. And then it had Iowa State at home.
That could have been the game to take off, but who wants to do that in front of the home crowd? And after Kansas, Tech has Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Kansas State and Texas.
No, this was clearly the game to nap through.
It even had an early 11 a.m. kickoff and who doesn’t like sleeping in on a Saturday?
Texas Tech should have lost.
But, it was Kansas.
Notebook: Two Starters Leave Game. LAJ’s Don Williams has notebooky items:
- Paul Banks III left as well did Le’Raven Clark. Clark was held out as a precaution and Banks suffered a stinger. After Banks left, Thierry Nguema played left corner and Nigel Bethel II played the right corner.
- Also of note was that Darrin Chiaverini is the one that called the 2-point pass from David Brenner to Le’Raven Clark, at least that’s what Branden Jackson said:
“It’s just something we had in our bag,” defensive end Branden Jackson said. “Coach Chev (Darrin Chiaverini) happened to call it this time. We were surprised. We got up on the sideline. Everyone was eager and we wanted to watch the big guy work, and Le’Raven got in there. Looked pretty nimble for the most part.”
- For those of you worried about LB Mike Mitchell, yesterday was the first game that he has suited up in over 4 games. I think I heard Level say that this has been a hamstring issue for Mitchell.
Johnson Bails Out Texas Tech. LAJ’s Nicholas Talbot writes that Jah’Shawn Johnson bailed out Texas Tech:
On a third and 6 with 4:07 remaining the sophomore defensive back intercepted Kansas freshman quarterback Ryan Willis and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown as the Red Raiders held off a late rally to defeat the Kansas Jayhawks 30-20 on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
“(The defense) kept bailing us out,” Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “Offensively, that’s on me as a coach for not having them ready to go. Guys got nervous and we really choked on that side of the ball – drops and penalties and fumbles.”
Texas Tech Survives. ESPN’s Jake Trotter writes about what this win means for Texas Tech:
What the win means for Texas Tech: The Red Raiders aren’t contenders for the playoff, so style points don’t matter. They won, and in the end that is all that really counts. But if Tech is going to finish strongly, it’s going to have to play way, way better than it did in Lawrence. For most of the afternoon, the offense stumbled around, and the defense failed to get off the field. It was a rather miserable performance for a team that has otherwise been sharp for most of this season. The Red Raiders have a key matchup next weekend at Oklahoma. They have plenty of work to do before traveling to Norman.
Miscellaneous. LAJ’s Nicholas Talbot has three things coming out of the game against Kansas . . . the ESPN Big 12 Blog Bros have their Big 12 power rankings this week . . . the DMN has their best in Texas poll ranking all teams in the Texas . . . Campus Insiders’ Pete Fiutak opines on his Big 12 power rankings . . . ESPN’s Jake Trotter has his week 7 bowl predictions for the Big 12 . . . the Tulsa World has an early look at Texas Tech . . . < a target=”newwindow” href=”http://newsok.com/article/5454404″>NewsOK writes that offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley says that this game is just like any other game . . .