Beau Knows Blocking

Texas Tech's rushing game has seen significant improvement since the return of junior right guard Beau Carpenter. Texas Tech has produced at least 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns in each of the three games since Carpenter came back from an ankle injury.

Texas Tech's rushing game has seen significant improvement since the return of junior right guard Beau Carpenter.

Texas Tech has produced at least 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns in each of the three games since Carpenter returned from an ankle injury.

"As an offensive line, that's something we like to hang our hat on; is having a good rushing game," said the 6-foot-6, 285-pound lineman from Sulphur Springs High School.

Carpenter missed three games after injuring his ankle against SMU in the season opener on Aug. 30.

The next week Tech would rack up 237 rushing yards against Stephen F. Austin. The next two weeks the Red Raiders mustered just a combined 161 yards and zero touchdowns on the ground.

In his first game back, Tech scored four rushing touchdowns against Kansas including two from Deandre Washington. One week later, the Red Raiders churned out 251 yards with Washington, Kenny Williams and Sadale Foster each topping the 80-yard mark.

What can't be defined in a statistic is the camaraderie the offensive line enjoys and how it has helped it grow as a unit.

"We're a real close-knit group, so everyone understands when we make fun of each other. That's the main thing," Carpenter said.

Texas Tech is preparing for Big 12 rival Oklahoma (6-1, 3-1) this week. Carpenter said the Sooners tried to recruit him for a week after Mike Leach was fired, but he was always committed to the Red Raiders.

The Sooners have given up 693 yards on the ground in four Big 12 games, including 255 yards in a 36-20 loss to Texas on Oct. 12.

Carpenter didn't provide any bulletin board material but is confident heading into Saturday's matchup.

"We're just looking forward to this week, this game," Carpenter said.

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