Report Card: Texas Tech 41, Oklahoma 38

Grades are in from Yeager, see how each aspect of Tech's team faired in this weeks report card.

Quarterback: It's hard to imagine any college football player playing a better game than Seth Doege did against Oklahoma. And the Walter Camp College Football Foundation agrees, having awarded him their Offensive Player of the Week Award for his 33 of 52 passing for 441 yards and four touchdowns. He also had one heck of a catch on a throwback pass from Austin Zouzalik. Doege's performance was all the more impressive given that he was coming off a game (against Kansas State) in which he committed four turnovers. He committed none against the Sooners.

 

Grade: A+

 

Running Backs: We all thought running back depth would be a strength for this team, and it has come to pass—so to speak. Having lost Eric Stephens to injury and Ronnie Daniels to suspension, Tech's formidable ground game hasn't missed a beat. Against the rugged Sooners, DeAndre Washington and Aaron Crawford combined for 146 rushing yards on 33 attempts. They were also solid in pass protection.

 

Grade: A

 

Receivers: Eric Ward had one critical drop on a slant pattern on a 3rd-and-7 play, but otherwise it was lights out from this group. And speaking of lights out, Ward turned out the lights on Sooner safety Javon Harris with a horrific block on a Seth Doege's pass to Cornelius Douglas. Alex Torres' three touchdown catches are the salient stat, but just about everybody who played made critical contributions.

 

Grade: A+

 

Offensive Line: Given the offensive line's depleted ranks, it held its own against Oklahoma's talented front seven and its murderous blitz packages. Center Justin Keown left after Tech's first drive and did not return. Deveric Gallington shifted to center and Beau Carpenter replaced Gallington at right guard. Gallington had his struggles, but no more than you'd expect from a player who'd never played center in anger. Carpenter looked like he belonged in the rotation. Lonnie Edwards played like the All American candidate he is, while LaAdrian Waddle gave Frank Alexander fits. Run blocking was nice as apple pie.

 

Grade: A-

 

Defensive Line: Tech's defensive line held its own, although did not excel against one of the best offensive lines in the country. The Red Raiders didn't sack Landry Jones, but they did get enough pressure on him to make him uncomfortable, and that was just enough. Scott Smith and Dartwan Bush were troublemakers, while Dennell Wesley filled in admirably for Donald Langley.

 

Grade: B-

 

Linebackers: Starting for the injured Blake Dees, Daniel Cobb was anything but a weak link. He led Tech in tackles with nine, chipped in 2.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble as well. Cqulin Hubert was solid and is becoming the defender Tech's opponents hate the most. That's a good thing. Oklahoma's backs rushed 23 times for 117 yards, and those are pretty good numbers for the Red Raider defense.

 

Grade: B-

 

Secondary: Hard as it was to believe, for three quarters Tech's secondary basically owned Landry Jones, Ryan Broyles, Kenny Stills and company. With Jarvis Phillips and Derek Mays on the sidelines, Tech played walk-ons Eugene Neboh and Sawyer Vest heavy reps and without adverse repercussions until late. Late breakdowns made the game more suspenseful than it should have been, but thankfully did not cost Tech the game. D. J. Johnson and Terrance Bullitt played superbly, Tre' Porter had a terrific interception, and on the whole, Red Raider defensive backs covered better than at any point this season.

 

Grade: B-

 

Special Teams: Donnie Carona and Ryan Erxleben were cash money. Carona drilled two field goals, the longer from 40 yards, and Erxleben put the Sooners in a hole with three punts inside the 20 yard line. Those were the highlights. Tech blocked poorly on a fake punt and it cost the team a touchdown. Austin Zouzalik was shaky on punt returns, and whiffed on a fair catch, which resulted in terrible field position for the offense. Kickoff coverage was little more than adequate, and Ben McRoy was never able to shake loose on his own kickoff returns.

 

Grade: C-


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