LUBBOCK- First game jitters are out of the way and the Texas Tech football team has galloped past their first two opponents.
The Red Raiders dominated the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 61-13 Saturday night during the 2013 opener at Jones AT&T Stadium. One noticeable difference from the SMU game came from the rushing attack.
Junior running back Kenny Williams said the difference is what they wanted to show.
"The biggest thing coming from the SMU game was to make sure that we could actually establish the run," Williams said. "And show that we can run the ball as well as pass the ball. I think we did that tonight. We didn't stay in much, but I think we sent that message."
Tech more than quadrupled their rushing yardage between the two games and a new name came on the scene. Redshirt freshman running back Quinton White burst onto the scene in the second half to become the leading rusher of the game.
White rushed for 71 yards on five carries and was not stopped for a loss once. If that was not enough from the newcomer, White added a touchdown to his name.
White was not the only one who contributed to the rushing game. Six players ran for double digit yardage.
Williams scored two touchdowns on seven carries rushing for 36 yards. True freshman running back Armond Weh-Weh had a 16 yard carry the one time his number was called upon.
Walk-on true freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield was scurried out of the pocket multiple times allowing him to rush for 66 yards.
Mayfield was the only one to score on the ground against SMU. He did so once. Three players scored against the Lumberjacks. Williams was the only one with multiple rushing touchdowns.
Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury, who won his home debut, said that White played well in the spring.
"He's had a good spring and just really shifty," Kingsbury said. So when he got his chance, he made some plays and that was exciting to see."
The Red Raiders have a quick turnaround. Tech hosts the TCU Horned Frogs in a Thursday night game. Williams said the rushing performance is a huge boost in confidence for conference play.
"That's a huge boost," Williams said. "Whatever running back is in, he's gonna produce. That's the thing about us. We got a lot of good running backs. We don't have to rely on just one guy to get the job done.