Report Card: Oklahoma State 66 Texas Tech 6

Joe Yeager put deep thought into these grades after another tough weekend for the Red Raiders.

Quarterback: It seems defenses have figured out Seth Doege and he has not responded by diversifying his skills and developing new strengths. He throws a low ball so defensive linemen make sure to get their hands up. He doesn't read defenses well so teams are dropping and covering and disguising their coverage's. He rarely works the middle of the field so defensive backs are pouncing on the bubble and tunnel screens. Seth Doege is a quarterback caught in a spider's web. The results have been terrible the last three weeks, and the Oklahoma State game was no exception.

 

Grade: F

 

Running Backs: Tech's running backs were less of a factor in the Oklahoma State game than in any other contest this season. There were two reasons for this. First, the Red Raiders fell so far behind so quickly that running the football was not an option in the abortive comeback attempt. Second, when the backs ran, they were not particularly effective. Kenny Williams, Aaron Crawford, DeAndre Washington and Ben McRoy rushed 27 times for 95 yards, averaging only 3.5 yards per carry. Heck, they could scarcely pick up first downs when Tech was trying to get the game over with.

 

Grade: D

 

Receivers: Six receivers caught footballs, but none had a reception of longer than 12 yards. Obviously, this means that the Red Raiders had nothing going deep down the field, and it also means that receivers were not blocking and nobody was getting yardage after the reception. Seth Doege played an awful game, but his receivers didn't get open very often for him either.

 

Grade: D-

 

Offensive Line: Except for Justin Keown's now traditional personal foul penalty, the line played acceptably. Run blocking was poor, but pass protection was adequate. Then again, the Cowboys rarely rushed more than four, and it says a lot when the opposition feels they can control your running game with only four defensive linemen.

 

Grade: C-

 

Defensive Line: The Red Raiders actually got some pressure on Brandon Weeden early in the game, and did a serviceable job containing Joseph Randle. As the game wore on, however, the pass rush vanished. Scott Smith did get a sack.

 

Grade: D+

 

Linebackers: See the comments on the defensive line. And Cqulin Hubert, for all his limitations, was one of the few Red Raiders who actually played with some heart and pride.

 

Grade: D

 

Secondary: The opposition's ability to run at will allowed the Red Raiders to hide the fact that the secondary cannot cover anybody. Nor, with the exception of Terrance Bullitt, can it tackle. D. J. Johnson's play has deteriorated dramatically as the season has progressed. And Eugene Neboh gave poor effort, to say the very least, on Justin Blackmon's short fade for a touchdown in the first quarter. Cornelius Douglas is not yet ready to play cornerback effectively, but he's got the fight and the toughness to excel there once he learns the ropes.

 

Grade: F

 

Special Teams: Dreadful. Absolutely dreadful. A muffed punt, a kickoff fumbled by two players that gets returned for a touchdown, and a misfire on a two-point conversion attempt. It was Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, Spanky, Alfalfa, Buckwheat and the Three Stooges all rolled into one blundering mass. Ryan Erxleben did, however, average 44.4 yards per punt. And lord knows he got plenty of opportunities.

 

Grade: F


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