Perfect Timing

DeAndre Washington needed to step up following the loss of Stephens and he did against OU, helping the Red Raiders to a 41-38 victory.

Texas Tech has sorely needed a solid contribution from one of its true freshman running backs to complement Aaron Crawford. The team received said contribution in Tech's upset over Oklahoma. First and foremost, Deandre Washington appears to have solved the ball security issues that plagued him early in the season.
Washington ran 16 times for 84 yards for an average of 5.3 yards per carry. He was also efficient catching the ball. Pinned deep at the Tech 5-yardline in the first quarter, Aaron Crawford ran 18 yards to the 22. Then, Washington came in and caught an eight yard pass to set up 2nd and 2 from the 40. He ran for no gain on 2nd down, one of only three zero or negative yardage plays of the game for him. Tech would punt on the drive but the ball was downed at the OU 12.         
Following an OU missed field goal to start the second quarter, the Red Raiders took over on their own 22. Washington got the first down handoff and raced 15 yards to the 37, and then ran for three more to set up 2nd and 7 at the 40. The Red Raiders would carve out a 10 play scoring drive from there to make the score 14-7 with 11:16 to play before halftime.
With 14:50 to play in the 4th quarter and the Red Raider lead cut to seven after an OU touchdown, Tech faced 2nd and 5 from its own 31. Washington took a handoff from Doege and raced 16 yards to the Tech 47. Two plays later, the freshman would get a handoff on 2nd and one from the OU 44. This time Washington ran 5 yards to the OU 39 for a first down.  Donnie Carona would nail a 37-yard field goal to extend the precarious Tech lead back to 10.
After an OU punt, Tech would get the ball at its own 26, Washington gained four yards to the 30 on first down, Doege was sacked for a loss of 13 on second down, and pass interference call would be enforced on the Sooners on third down. On first and 10 from Tech's own 43, Washington again gashed the Sooners for 13 yards to the OU 44. Doege would find Tramain Swindall for a 14-yard touchdown to extend Tech's lead to 17.
As was noted in the article posted about running backs following the loss of Eric Stephens in the A&M game, Washington, a 4-star recruit in 2011, chose the Red Raiders over offers from 13 schools, and it looks like the Red Raiders found a gem. For the season, Washington has now tallied 44 carries for 218 yards, an average of five yards per carry, with three scores. His combination of speed and agility gives the youngster the capability to go for long yardage on any play. On a night where the Red Raiders will be remembered for the marvelous performances by Seth Doege and Alex Torres, Washington's contributions cannot go unnoticed. Furthermore, Neal Brown and RB coach Chad Scott are likely salivating at the prospects for Washington's future.

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