Recapping the Media
Ed Note: Because I am exhausted, links to the game will be short and sweet.
- Sports On Earth’s David Ubben: Interim Coaches Face Tough Task
Former Texas Tech linebacker Terrance Bullitt went through the interim coach drill twice during his career in Lubbock. After his redshirt freshman season in 2009, the university fired beloved coach Mike Leach before the Red Raiders took on Michigan State in the Alamo Bowl.
- LAJ’s Don Williams: Williams: Pivot point: Texas Tech at crossroads after Texas Bowl letdown
Kingsbury, on the other hand, arrives at a key crossroads to his Tech tenure. Getting the Red Raiders back to seven wins and a bowl game will take some doing.
Jakeem Grant’s gone, the little guy capping his career with a three-TD night. DeAndre Washington’s gone, capping his career with a season of nearly 1,500 rushing yards. And the departure of four senior offensive linemen led by Le’Raven Clark, Alfredo Morales and Jared Kaster, will leave big holes.
- LAJ’s Nicholas Talbot: Talbot: Fournette just too good for Texas Tech’s current defense
Oh, Texas Tech did what it could.
And that’s something.
But as the game wound down, it had no chance.
The Red Raiders are just not there yet on defense. And it is going to be a while before they are.
It is going to take time.
- LAJ’s Don Williams: Texas Bowl notebook: Mahomes 12th player in major-college football to top 5,000 yards total offense in a season
Tech receiver-return man Jakeem Grant set a school single-season record for all-purpose yards, finishing with 2,353 and breaking the mark of 2,276 set by Byron Hanspard during Hanspard’s 2,000-yard rushing season in 1996.
- The Advocate’s Marcus Rodrigue: Pressure Points: LSU’s pass rush shines as defense keeps Texas Tech’s high-powered offense in check
- NOLA’s Ron Higgins: Harris leads — what?!? — and Fournette follows him into the record books
“Whatever Brandon Harris does, we follow,” Fournette said at Monday’s press conference.
Despite a five-touchdown performance from Fournette, who finished with 212 rushing yards on 29 carries, LSU couldn’t shake loose from the explosive Red Raiders until Harris was finally able to overcome almost 35 minutes of hot-and-cold throwing and make every big throw in the game’s final 25 minutes.
- NOLA’s Jim Kleinpeter: LSU, Leonard Fournette trample Texas Tech in Texas Bowl, 56-27
Leonard Fournette rushed for 212 yards and four touchdowns, and caught a pass for another score, as LSU thumped Texas Tech, 56-27, in the Advocare Texas Bowl Tuesday.
Fournette, who was voted the game’s Most Valuable Player, broke the school record for rushing touchdowns in a season with 22. The previous record of 19 was set by LaBrandon Toefield in 2001. Fournette’s five touchdowns (30 points) broke the 10-year old bowl’s record for individual points (24) in the game and he raised his season rushing yardage total to 1,953.
- DMN’s Nick Castillo: Five thoughts: LSU’s Leonard Fournette, bad break crush Red Raiders in Texas Bowl
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