The word has gotten around that some believe this team is lacking talent on offense. I'm not a believer in that theory. So, there's not much left to do but make some changes with the personnel available. The Red Raiders made a positive change in moving Detron Lewis to the outside and bringing Alex Torres inside. Both players had productive games as a result. Neal Brown, Sonny Cumbie, and Tommy Mainord all deserve some credit for having the guts to make this move.
Not so good: Third down conversions
For whatever reason, Tech's offense has started slow in nearly every game this season. Going 5-15 on third down is not good. To their credit, the players responded to the slow start much better than last week's game against Oklahoma State.
Good: the finish
Texas Tech outscored Colorado 13-0 in the final period after trailing by 10 at the end of the third quarter. Though it wasn't always pretty, Tech's offense was effective against a challenging defense. And by all accounts, the wind was swirling on the field in Colorado. Credit Taylor Potts and his offensive teammates for responding well to the adversity presented by a 10 point deficit on the road.
Not so good
Big plays given up. CU backup QB Cody Hawkins threw a 60 yard touchdown pass. This marks the third week in a row that the Red Raiders have given up a big play through the air. This must get fixed for Tech to have a legitimate chance of slowing down some of the future opponents on the schedule
Good: Pearlie Graves
After nursing a knee injury suffered in pre-season practice, Pearlie Graves saw his first action of the season. Graves had an outstanding debut this season. Three tackles for loss and two sacks is a huge contribution to a Red Raider defense that is thin along the defensive line.
The Red Raiders face Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Missouri in the next three weeks. That's a murderer's row, but if Tech can play consistently for four quarters, the Raiders are capable of pulling off an upset. Next week's game at A&M will not be televised. Log onto RaiderPower.com for all your Texas Tech sports news.