Making it Rain

The Red Raiders had to weather the storm before they took the field for their first home game of the season, but what followed was definitely a show put on by Texas Tech.

With the band on the field ready to play the National Anthem a steady rainfall starting coming down at Jones AT&T Stadium, followed by lightening in the area, which delayed the Red Raiders first home game of the season.


But it only put off what inevitably became a complete beat down of Stephen F.  Austin as freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield lit up the stat sheet and scoreboard with his arm en route to a 61-13 drubbing of the Lumberjacks.


"Yeah it was exciting," Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury said about the win. "Came out, started fast. Scored on some drives and got sloppy towards the end, but was glad we started fast and got it rolling."


Texas Tech (2-0) got off to a quick start recording its first scoring drive of the night in just 52 seconds, capping off the three-play 63-yard drive with a 42-yard connection between Baker Mayfield and Jakeem Grant.


Mayfield got off to another hot start finishing the game going 21-for-30 for 367 yards and three touchdowns.  The freshman gunslinger also used his wheels a little more against on Saturday, rushing nine times for 67 yards, which was second best on the team.


In the first half one of Mayfield's favorite targets became a guy that he didn't have as an option in the first half against SMUJace Amaro.


Amaro finished the game against the Mustangs with just three catches for 42 yards, but against Stephen F. Austin (0-2) he added a hundred yards to that total finishing Saturday night with eight catches for 142 yards and a touchdown.


"Definitely, they rolled coverage for me in this game," Amaro said, "and I was kind of surprised the way I caught 150 yards or something like that, just because I know that backside safety was picking me. And that led to a lot of touchdowns for Bradley, and a lot of things opened up for the outside guys. I think just having all four of us out there really kind of messes with the defense."


With the offense firing on all cylinders, scoring 28 points in the first quarter, the Tech defense got a chance to step up as well, and they did.


Going into the game against the Lumberjacks the Red Raiders had not forced a turnover in a regular season game since beating TCU last season in triple overtime on October 20.


In the first quarter, the Red Raiders got that monkey off their backs as Dartwan Bush forced a fumble that Tech was able to jump on.


Later in the game, Tech forced its second turnover as Zach Winbush jumped in front of a Joe Minden pass for the interception.


With getting two turnovers in the game, defensive back Tre' Porter, who finished with six tackles, said it was good to have the ball bounce their way this week.


"I think we feel pretty good," he said. "Last week we had a few fumbles on the ground, but we didn't get, it didn't bounce our way. So I felt like today it really bounced our way. But I think we still work hard and play hard."


Now the Red Raiders have a short week to get ready for No. 24 TCU (1-1), which rolls into Lubbock following a 38-17 win against Southeastern Louisiana.


Following a blowout victory against Stephen F. Austin, Kingsbury said he doesn't know how this win will affect his squad but does know they have to be ready for Gary Patterson and the Horned Frogs.


"I hope it helps," Kingsbury said. "It's still midnight or whatever it is. It's about the longest game I've ever been a part of, but, hopefully, we'll be able to save their legs a little bit. It's a tough turn around. Whatever team handles it the best this week. We know they're one of the best-coached teams in America, so it will be a heck of a challenge."

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