As the assignments and tests accumulate, Texas Tech's football GPA drops ever more precipitously. Early in the year, the Red Raiders looked to be headed for the Dean's List. Now, after crashing and burning in Stillwater, this team seems destined for scholastic probation if not permanent expulsion. The quality of work turned in simply is not of Big 12 caliber.
Quarterbacks: For the first time since the loss to Oklahoma on October 6, Seth Doege played a poor game and there was no way for the Red Raiders to overcome it. Not that Doege was bad in every aspect. On the contrary, he completed a high percentage of his passes, and did a respectable job of avoiding Oklahoma State's relentless pressure. But Doege was bad in the one area a quarterback cannot afford to be poor in: interceptions. Doege tossed two frankly inexcusable picks that led to Cowboy touchdowns. One was a forced throw under pressure and the other sprang from not reading a zone blitz. Michael Brewer looked sharp against OSU's scrubs.
Running Backs: Kenny Williams, SaDale Foster and Eric Stephens carried 25 times and the longest run was 16 yards. The Red Raiders could really use a few explosive plays from this trio. Stephens actually looked better than he has at any point this season, but seven carries were not enough for him to really get into any kind of a groove. His pass protection was good, though. The same could not be said for Williams who repeatedly bombed on his pass pro assignments. When he wasn't getting tossed aside, he was whiffing.
Receivers: As if doing without Bradley Marquez, Jace Amaro and Javon Bell was not enough, Tech's receiving corps was minus Alex Torres as well. That's just too much to overcome. Darrin Moore dropped one pass, but otherwise had a very good afternoon. Eric Ward disappeared when the team needed him most. Tyson Williams stepped up with seven receptions, but also picked up a personal foul penalty. He's going tooth-and-nail with LaAdrian Waddle for top honors in the personal foul department. The receivers in general had a hard time getting open, which contributed to the pressure on Doege.
Offensive Line: Offensive line play was an unmitigated disaster. LaAdrian Waddle phoned it in before going to the sideline with a knee injury. Jared Kaster sailed an errant snap, which Oklahoma State recovered and later converted into a touchdown. Every player on the line seemingly committed at least one penalty. It was frankly ridiculous. The Cowboys got pressure on Doege at will. Whenever the Red Raider line successfully picks up a stunt, it will be the first time. Run blocking was sporadically good, but it didn't matter.
Defensive Line: This group was essentially neutralized. Dartwan Bush had his moments, particularly in the second half, but the other defensive ends did nothing but lose containment. Tackles Kerry Hyder and Delvon Simmons were non-factors. Dennell Wesley got one quarterback hurry that did not show up in the stat sheet.
Linebackers: Sam Eguavoen, who continues to improve, actually had a good game, but that was it for this group. Will Smith continually took poor pursuit angles and shot the wrong gaps. Blake Dees was never in position to make a play and Zach Winbush just got shoved around.
Secondary: In all honesty, the only Red Raider who looked like he could start for Oklahoma State was Cody Davis, and he may have been the best player on the field for either team. A pity he was the only guy in red pants who came to play. The entire secondary, selling out (understandably!) to stop the run, was victimized by trick plays, one a flexbone option pass and the other an old-fashioned flea flicker. After those two disasters, a gun-shy secondary played soft against both the run and pass. Bruce Jones slipped and was burned for a long touchdown. Eugene Neboh had a solid game.
Special Teams: Good God almighty, what can I say? Not one but two blocked punts?! Awful. Just awful. And, oh yeah—Tech averaged 13 yards on kickoff returns.