The Morning Stake: Media Reaction from Texas Tech’s Win; Lady Raiders Beat Fordham

Lady Raiders Beat Fordham. The Lady Raiders beat Fordham, 62-48 and was led by Dayo Olabode, who scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds while Japreece Dean, who scored 14 points on the day.

Men Take on Hawai’i. I’ll have a preview and game thread shortly, but the men take on Hawai’i today at 3:00 pm.

Williams on Texas Tech’s Win. LAJ’s Don Williams writes that Texas Tech’s imperfect season could have a perfect ending by playing Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl this season:

For Tech, could it get much better than beating Texas and Texas A&M to end a season? The Red Raiders achieved part one of that by finally subduing the Longhorns 48-45 in a Thanksgiving night thriller.

And when I brought up the latter possibility, even Kliff Kingsbury all but asked the SEC and the Texas Bowl to schedule his team against the Aggies.

“I think our fans would be pretty fired up if we were able to do that,” the Tech coach said. “They’re obviously a very good football team. It’d be a heck of a challenge. But it would drum up a ton of interest for that bowl game, and our fans would be excited.”

Defense Gets Job Done. LAJ’s Nicholas Talbot writes that the Texas Tech defense was not impressive, but it got the job done:

The defense held when it could.

Eventually it wore down Thursday and it went from competent to totally inept.

Warren ran right. He ran left. He did pretty much whatever he wanted. He scored with 2:06 remaining and gave Texas a chance.

But you can see the building blocks slowly falling into place.

OK, it is so slow snails are passing it by. Texas did run for 403 yards and it did run it nearly 50 times (48).

But I promise the improvement is there.

It is Breiden Fehoko. It is Jah’Shawn Johnson. And it is certainly D’Vonta Hinton, who was all over the field Thursday.

Notebook: Grant Receives Game Ball. LAJ’s Don Williams files his notebook after the game including Jakeem Grant receiving the game ball and breaking Michael Crabtree’s receving record:

“It definitely means a lot,” Grant said, “going up there to one of the greats that played here at Texas Tech and probably one of the greatest that played in college football, period. I just want to cherish this moment and thank my teammates for allowing me to do it.”

Also referenced:

  • More quotes from Kingsbury about possibly playing Texas A&M.
  • QB Patrick Mahomes on his inconsistent play from the first half to the second half.
  • Devin Lauderdale is an aggressive player, and when he’s locked in, he can be really good.
  • Kingsbury mentioned that Chris Warren was one of the more favorite players he recruited last year.

Defeating Texas. LAJ’s Don Williams and LAJ’s Nicholas Talbot both have game stories, this is from Williams’ story:

The win was only Tech’s sixth in Austin and snapped an eight-game losing streak at Royal-Memorial Stadium. On the Longhorns’ senior night, two of the biggest performances came from Tech seniors – wide receiver Jakeem Grant with three defining-moment plays and running back DeAndre Washington with 173 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

“We talked about leaving a legacy,” Washington said. “We felt like this is a legacy game to take the program a step in the right direction.”

“It’s a great feeling,” defensive end Pete Robertson said. “A lot of teams and a lot of people don’t get to come in and experience the feeling we had right after this game.”

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