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The Morning Stake: September 18th

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 I’m catching up after a long weekend and it took us a long time to get back from Lubbock yesterday. I’m already behind and it’s 4:00 a.m.

 A-J Media’s Don Williams writes about how Nic Shimonek played so well on Saturay, especially that last drive:

Start with the fifth-year senior making all the throws, showing grit when the complexion of the game changed and, then after Arizona State tied it at 45 in the fourth quarter, leading a 90-yard drive for the winning touchdown. That’ll work for a first start against a power-five opponent.

Not that Kingsbury was the least bit surprised. Not after watching him show poise last fall and make all the right moves this spring and summer.

“You just watch him play and you watch the great supporting cast he has,” Kingsbury said, “and they’re in rhythm. And so it’s kind of what we expected.”

 A-J Media’s Nicholas Talbot has a notebook from the game and because I was traveling, I had no idea who was injured, that being S Vaughnte Dorsey and CB Desmon Smith, DE Talor Nunez is with his sick father, while K Clayton Hatfield started the game, but couldn’t finish with Michael Barden kicking the second half field goal and Michael Ewton kicking extra points. Also in all of the commotion, I had completely forgotten about Ja’Deion High’s punt block, which was a huge play.

# Yesterday, Kliff Kingsbury met with the media:

 A-J Media’s Don Williams writes about how the Texas Tech receivers did a terrific job of blocking on Saturday:

And on the game-winning touchdown, a 3-yard sweep by Cantrell, tight end Donta Thompson drove cornerback Chase Lucas from just outside the right hash mark almost to the pylon, keeping Lucas from getting up to the line of scrimmage and disrupting the play.

Cantrell didn’t forget to credit Thompson in his post-game recap of the play.

“You see a lot of teams’ guys taking plays off at the receiver position in the run game,” Cantrell said, “but that’s one thing we’ve stressed since day one is downfield blocking and just doing anything you can to help the running backs out.”

Willies shrugged off his big blocks on Coutee’s and Batson’s touchdowns.

“Just taking care of my assignments,” he said. “Routine plays. Doing what I’m supposed to do.”


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