The Morning Stake | 2018.09.17

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One of the things that you’ll see when you watch the video is the phrase “Lock the Gates” and not being cool at all, I was curious what that meant (I had an idea, but I’m not exactly hip with new cultural references). I ran across this story from the Post Gazette where the Pitt football team has also adopted that phrase:

“I believe ‘Lock The Gates’ means when you step on that field and there’s an opponent standing out there, you want to lock the gates behind you. You want to fight that opponent until there’s only one standing,” sophomore tight end Tyler Sear said. “That’s ‘Lock The Gates.’ ”

“Once an away team travels and they come in our arena, there’s no way out till the clock hits zero, zero, zero,” sophomore cornerback Jason Pinnock said. “I think we’re just taking more emphasis on that, taking it more serious and not just saying it and having it on our [wall] or whatever. We’re really locking the gates this year.”

RedRaiderSports’ Jack Densmore recaps yesterday’s media scrum and available were head coach Kliff Kingsbury, linebacker Riko Jeffers and offensive lineman Paul Stawarz. Of actual news, Kingsbury said that Myller Royals will most likely redshirt him, that Madison Akamnonu and Travis Bruffy are moving around better today, and if Jah’Shawn Johnson is comfortable, then he’ll play. Check it out for everything else.

CBS Sports’ Ben Kercheval has Alan Bowman as the best of the rest from Saturday:

Texas Tech QB Alan Bowman: The true freshman quarterback went 43-of-59 for a whopping 605 yards and five touchdowns in the Red Raiders’ 63-49 win over Houston. That’s a Big 12 single-game freshman passing record and yet somehow still a pedestrian day for Texas Tech.

Yahoo! Sports writes that Bowman was a winner on Saturday:

Alan Bowman, QB, Texas Tech: Bowman, starting for the injured McLane Carter, put up a ridiculous statline in a 63-49 win over Houston on Saturday. Bowman, a true freshman, completed 43-of-59 passes for a whopping 605 yards and five touchdowns. Bowman’s 605 yards set a single-game Big 12 record for a freshman. His favorite target was Antoine Wesley. Wesley set a Texas Tech record with 261 receiving yards on 13 catches, including three touchdowns. TTU improved to 2-1 with the win.

USA Today’s Dan Wolken writes about how big of a win Saturday was for head coach Kliff Kingsbury:

It won’t get much attention, but that was a huge win for Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury to beat Houston, 63-49. The problems at Texas Tech are still the problems, and until the Red Raiders can stop somebody consistently they’ll be susceptible to bad losses. But in a year that could be very important for Kingsbury’s future (he’s 7-6, 5-7 and 6-7 the past three seasons), beating Houston could matter in how he’s evaluated.

Some guy named Patrick Mahomes threw for 6 touchdowns, on the road in Pittsburgh, to beat the Steelers, 42-37. Another number to put in perspective, Mahomes had 5 incompletions and 6 touchdowns. Don’t ever tell me that Kingsbury isn’t the greatest quarterback coach in America.

Miscellaneous . . . SB Nation’s Bill Connelly has his new S&P+ ranking out and Texas Tech is down one spot after defeating Houston, who are 9 spots in front of them. Please remember that numerical predictions are imperfect and DO NOT take into account transitive wins and losses. This week’s opponent, Oklahoma State, is sitting at 6th overall after demolishing Boise State . . .


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