Welcome to the Abyss

This is now unchartered waters for the Red Raiders after so many years of success.

A New Record for Futility: With its 24-point loss to Baylor, the 2011 Red Raiders set the record for largest total margin of defeat in a five-game streak in Tech football history. The Red Raiders closed the season losing five games by a total of 154 points, which obliterates the old mark of 101 points set by the 1962 team in losses to TCU, Baylor, SMU, Rice and Boston College.

 

Don't Scream about Scheme: I hope I don't hear any further whining about Chad Glasgow's defensive scheme. Maybe his defensive posture is tremendous, maybe it's awful, but regardless, it is the very least of Tech's issues on that side of the ball.

 

For anybody with eyes to see, Baylor simply overpowered Tech up front. Even when the Red Raiders knew Terrance Ganaway was coming up the gut, they were utterly powerless to stop it. They simply do not have the beef, the base and the brawn to hold in against an FBS rushing game.

 

Compound matters with an entire defensive unit that cannot tackle runners in the open field, and a secondary that cannot cover with any consistency whatsoever, and you've got a defensive shambles, never mind the bloody scheme.

 

A Hole for the Future: Unfortunately, Tech is so profoundly dreadful on defense that even if the Red Raiders improve considerably next season (no sure thing), they will still probably be in the nation's bottom 25 percent in total and scoring defense. There's just no getting around it—Tech is an unmitigated disaster on that side of the ball.

 

Splitting Headache: Another problem with this defense is the slow reactions of safeties Cody Davis, D. J. Johnson and Brett Dewhurst. Not only is this trio slow to help out in coverage, it is also very slow to close down simple runs up the middle.

 

Unbelievably, Terrance Ganaway, a 240-pound rumbler, very nearly split Tech's safeties on several occasions when he chugged through the line of scrimmage. Not only were the safeties not closing off the run five yards past the line, they were being caught out of position eight yards off it.

 

Some Sympathy for Seth: Quarterback Doege had his marvelous moments, and he had some miserable ones too. The most glaring of the latter was the interception he threw which Joe Williams returned 90 yards for a touchdown.

 

This play was a backbreaker, and Doege never should have thrown the ball. That said, his target, outside receiver Darrin Moore, did him no favors on the play. Williams simply out-hustled Moore to ball, which is to say that Moore made precious little effort to prevent the interception.

 

Moore's poor effort on this play, combined with two dropped passes, fully negate his six receptions for 74 yards and two touchdowns. What a shame, because Moore looked fully healthy for the first time since he went down with an injury against Nevada.

 

Give It to Kenny: One of Tech's few bright spots was the play of running back Kenny Williams. He lost a fumble, but also ran with tremendous power, trucking for 41 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. Williams was a help to the passing game too, snaring three balls for 25 yards.

 

Williams reminds me of another Williams—University of Texas Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams.

 

Given how strongly Kenny Williams ran, and Aaron Crawford's inability to even maintain his footing in the first half, one wonders why Williams wasn't the go-to back much earlier in the game. He barely even saw the field until the second half.


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