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Texas Tech dropped their first series of the year to the Sooners on a walk-off home run in the 9th inning. I didn’t even want to write the recap on this one as it left such a bitter taste in my mouth. That link is your weekend thread. For those of you who didn’t keep up Tanner Gardner didn’t play at all this weekend after injuring his ankle and Davis Martin didn’t pitch on Friday night. They held him out for tendinitis and as a precaution. The team has a mid-week game on Tuesday and then hosts Baylor for a weekend series.

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A super-cool moment for the two young boys to score those touchdowns and Kingsbury had them up for the post-game press conference on either side of him.

If you haven’t seen what I’m talking about, here it is. If you have seen it, it’s great and watch it again:

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LAJ’s Don Williams recaps the scrimmage and focuses on the play of Nic Shimonek:

Shimonek, the heir apparent to Patrick Mahomes II, completed 26 of 33 passes. His TD throws were a pair of 7-yarders to Keke Coutee and Derrick Willies sandwiched around a short toss that Tony Brown turned into a 35-yard score.

“I think he’s getting sharper,” Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “We had a heart-to-heart this week about protecting the football and not trying to make every throw, and I thought he took care of the ball. He threw a couple away that weren’t there. That was definite progress.”

LAJ’s Don Williams also has a notebook of all of the little things you may have missed including this bit from head coach Kliff Kingsbury on how the defensive backs are playing:

Tech had back-to-back practices recently in which the defense came up with five and six interceptions, respectively. There were no turnovers in the Midland scrimmage and only one Saturday, but Kingsbury said the defense is doing well behind the scenes.

“The DBs are playing with more confidence,” Kingsbury said. “There’s more pass rush, kind of forcing the quarterbacks into some bad decisions. That’s been the most encouraging thing, I think, through nine practices is they have 21 interceptions, which is way up from the spring prior.”


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