Baucum's Bits — Colorado

The Red Raiders won a close game against Colorado. The game came down to the final minutes and Texas Tech left Boulder with its first win at Folsom Field. There were once again plenty of plusses and minuses for the Red Raiders, so here's this week's edition of Baucum's Bits.

Good: Adjustments

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.

What's next?

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.


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