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The Morning Stake | 2018.10.30

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I mentioned this yesterday that Texas Tech’s goalie, Marissa Zucchetto, took one of the penalty kicks against TCU, which is not very common at all in soccer and she absolutely nailed it.

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The official site takes a deep dive into getting to know wing Jarrett Culver:

“I’m on the record proudly and confidently,” Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard said. “Jarrett Culver has a chance to be one of the best players in college basketball. The great thing about Culver are the things that most people don’t know. Everybody sees the length, the athleticism and the talent, but what I see is the love of the game. Culver is old school in a lot of ways. He loves basketball and is a student of the game. As a young player he watches more film than any guy I’ve ever coached. He goes above and beyond what’s asked of him in the film room and is a popular guy in the locker room. Culver is special.”

WatchStadium’s Jeff Goodman ranks the top 25 transfers and guard Matt Mooney and center Tariq Owens make the list:

5) Matt Mooney*, Texas Tech (South Dakota)
Chris Beard added a guy who averaged 18.7 points per game last season at South Dakota. His college career began with one season at Air Force. Look for him to get time at both guard spots. He may very well be the leading scorer for the Red Raiders this season.


T25) Tariq Owens*, Texas Tech (St. John’s)
Owens started his career at Tennessee and played two seasons at St. John’s, where he averaged 8.4 points, 5.9 boards and 2.8 blocks per game. He’ll give Chris Beard a guy who is long and can be a factor on the defensive end with his ability to rebound and alter shots.

Texas Tech Football

A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. writes about Kliff Kingsbury and Lincoln Riley calling that offensive explosion the last time these two teams met in Lubbock:

“It was the best I’ve ever seen two quarterbacks play in college football going head-to-head,” Kingsbury said Monday during the Big 12 football media teleconference. “Both at the top of their games, both had a ton of playmakers all over the field that are all now playing in the NFL. … Just kind of a perfect storm to have the greatest offensive output in the history of college football.”

Riley, who was the Sooners offensive coordinator back in 2016, agreed with Kingsbury. Mayfield recorded 545 yards and seven touchdowns in the 66-59 victory.

“I knew those were two of the best guys in the country at that point,” Riley said when asked if he knew Mayfield and Mahomes were destined to be high picks in the NFL Draft. “I knew that they both played at a unbelievably high level. … I knew that there wasn’t anybody doing it better than those two and they certainly both had bright futures.”

NewsOK’s Ryan Aber writes about Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray being a fan of Kliff Kingsbury:

“Just how he believed in me — what he thought of me, what he thought we could do together,” Murray said of why he was drawn toward Tech. “And also, he was with Johnny when Johnny went on his little deal (the 2012 Heisman Trophy run). That’s about it. Me and him have pretty much hit it off since we met.”


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