Triple Threat

Texas Tech has multiple running backs who are talented enough to rush for 100 yards on any given day. Going into Saturday, the rushing attack had not shown that potential. Three of them broke loose Saturday. In all, Texas Tech rushed for 251 yards, some 139 yards more then it averaged in the previous five contests.

Texas Tech fields multiple running backs who are talented enough to rush for 100 yards on any given day.

Going into Saturday, the rushing attack had not shown that potential.

Three of them broke loose Saturday. In all, Texas Tech rushed for 251 yards, some 139 yards more then it averaged in the previous five contests.

Sophomore running back Deandre Washington said things feel good when the rushing attack gets going.

"It felt good," Washington said. "We got some things going early. In the second half made some big plays, so it definitely helped out. It always feels good when we can get things going on the ground."

Entering Saturday's game, the leading rusher was Quinton White with 130 yards. 71 of White's total came against Stephen F. Austin. After the Iowa State game, DeAndre Washington now holds the championship belt with 207 yards and four touchdowns.

None of Tech's rushers were able to hit the 100 yard mark Saturday, but don't let that fool you. Three running backs had at least 80 yards and the ground game altogether featured 251 yards.

"If we are popping off 80 yards a game," Washington said. "I'm pretty sure It's gonna be a good game for the running backs."

In the first two games against FBS opponents, Texas Tech rushed for a total of 91 yards. Washington was the leading rusher against Texas State with 38 yards and the team was held to 114 yards against Kansas.

It may not be the running backs who are the reason for the low rushing totals. The offensive line is young with one senior in Rashad Fortenberry. Junior right guard Beau Carpenter was out for the first four games with an injury. It's clear with the return of Carpenter, the rushing attak is much improved.

"Beau's been here for three years." Washington said. "He's experienced. He's a veteran, so he's huge for us just to have that leadership on the o-line."

Washington beat out Sadale Foster as the leading rusher by one yard. Washington had 88 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Foster finished with 87 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. Kenny Williams also made big contributions with 80 yards and a touchdown.

The Red Raiders had more rushing yards than Iowa State had total yards. Texas Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury credited the offensive line with a big part of the rushing attack.

"Our O-line did a great job of moving bodies," Kingsbury said. "And our backs our very talented. All three of those guys got touches today." With the return of Carpenter and the young offensive line gaining experience and confidence, the rushing attack may be here to stay.
"Hopefully we can keep that going," Kingsbury said. "and if it's there, we'll take it."

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