1. QB Daxx Garman
Garman looked like a back-up quarterback Thursday night. He was certainly rusty. Despite the rust, he’s got an accurate deep pass though. Without his accuracy on deep passes, Texas Tech would have not only won the game, but could have slaughtered Oklahoma State. All four of Garman’s touchdown passes were 30 yards or longer. His final scoring throw was a 50-yard pass to Tyreek Hill. Garman’s accuracy is the biggest difference maker in Thursday’s Cowboy victory.
2. WR Marcell Ateman
It’s clear who Garman’s favorite target is. Marcell Ateman caught six receptions for 130 yards. Although he didn’t score on any of these, Ateman is speedy. Almost every pass he caught was on a go route. The go route is one of the hardest passes to be open on, because the receiver has to break-away from aggressive defenders, find where the ball is and still have to make the reception. Even when they burn receivers, the hang time of a pass normally allows defenders to catch up and leaves the wide out as an easy target for a major hit. Ateman’s 130 receiving yards is the biggest reason why Garman looked so good.
2. CB Kevin Peterson
With a tied ballgame in the first half, one of the most critical plays of the game took place. Kevin Peterson intercepted Davis Webb deep in Texas Tech territory. Despite a personal foul call which placed the Cowboys at the Tech 39-yard line, Dazx Garman connected with freshman James Washington for a touchdown on the next play. The Cowboys took the lead and never gave it back.
1. RB Deandre Washington
There have been games this season where true freshman Justin Stockton has outshined the junior. Tonight was not the case. Washington looked like a seasoned veteran punishing defenders with runs up the middle. On 13 carries, Washington averaged 6.5 yards per carry by racking up 85 yards. He gained more than two-thirds of Tech’s yards on the ground. Sure, the offensive line created nice holes. However, Washington was breaking tackles Thursday night and laid the smackdown on a few Cowboy linebackers.
2. LB Pete Robertson
The rush defense stepped up tonight. After an atrocious display against Arkansas, the Red Raider defense kept Oklahoma State’s leading rusher to 86 yards and an average of fewer than four yards per carry. Leading the way was Pete Robertson who sits atop as Tech’s leading tacklers Thursday alongside Sam Eguaveon. The difference maker here was Robertson’s two sacks on Daxx Garman. Also, three of Robertson’s tackles were solo. Eguaveon had two solo tackles.
3. WR/KR Jakeem Grant
Grant had his fair share of dropped passes. That still does not overshadow the fact he nearly took two kick returns to the house and led Tech in receptions with 12. For a player to have 12 receptions, is a great night. He was targeted more times as well. Known as “The Dream”, he racked up 100 yards receiving and 147 kick return yards. Imagine that kick return number if a holding call which did not do much for Grant in terms of opening a hole, had not been called, during a return for a touchdown.
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