Final Wrap: Participation, Penalties & Punts

A look at every player who got in the game for Texas Tech, every penalty Tech committed and every time the Red Raider defense got off the field in Saturday's 45-13 loss at Kansas State. Texas Tech safety Keenon Ward (pictured above) made a pair of great plays to end a couple of Wildcat drives in the second half.

Starters on offense: LT-Le'Raven Clark, LG-Alfredo Morales, C-Jared Kaster, RG-Baylen Brown, RT-Reshod Fortenberry, QB-Davis Webb, RB-Deandre Washington, IR-Jakeem Grant, IR-Jordan Davis, WR-Dylan Cantrell, WR-Bradley Marquez.

Starters on defense: DE-Branden Jackson, NT-Demetrius Alston, DE Gary Moore, BAN-Pete Robertson, WILL-Micah Awe, RAID-Austin Stewart, MIKE-Sam Eguavoen, CB-Tevin Madison, CB-Justis Nelson, SS-Keenon Ward, FS-J.J. Gaines.

Also saw time: CB-Nigel Bethel, WR-Reginald Davis, WR-D.J. Polite-Bray, QB-Patrick Mahomes, WR-Devin Lauderdale, RB-Justin Stockton, WR-Shawn Corker, WR-Ian Sadler, DB-Dorian Crawford, DB-Thierry Nguema, DB-Jalen Barnes, DB-Derrick Dixon, LB-Sam Atoe, DB-John White, DB-Chris Payne, LB-Kenny Williams, RB-Quinton White, RB Rodney Hall, P-Taylor Symmank, LB-V.J. Fehoko, OL-Josh Outlaw, OL-Taylor Nunez, OL-James Polk, OL-Dominique Robertson, WR/PR-Cameron Batson, WR-Brad Pearson, WR-Zach Austin, DL-Keland McElrath, DL, Marcus Smith, DL-Anthony Smith, DL-Rika Levi.

Texas Tech committed nine penalties for 89 yards on Saturday, which was actually a big improvement from the previous game against Oklahoma State in Stillwater when the Red Raiders were flagged 16 times for 158 yards.

Since penalties have played such a large role this season, I thought I'd start charting every one of them every week.

The following is a list of every penalty on Texas Tech from Saturday's 45-13 loss at Kansas State:

Penalty No. 1: Offsides on Texas Tech's defense. The penalty occured early in the first quarter and gave Kansas State 2nd and 4 after a nice stop on first down.

Penalty No. 2: False start on offensive lineman Reshod Fortenberry. The penalty occurred later in the first quarter and proved costly. Instead of 3rd and 6, Tech faced 3rd and 11, failed to convert and the drive stalled at midfield.

Penalty No. 3: Personal foul, illegal hands to the face by defensive tackle Rika Levi in the second quarter. This ended up only costing Tech five yards as Kansas State had 2nd and goal from the 9. One could argue 2nd and goal from the 4 is much better than from the 9, but we'll never know if the Wildcats would have scored anyways. Quarterback Jake Waters ran it in from four yards out on the next play to extend the lead to 14-0.

Penalty No. 4: Holding on offensive lineman Baylen Brown on Texas Tech's first play of the third quarter. Tech would go three and out.

Penalty No. 5: Unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on safety J.J. Gaines. The 15-yard penalty gave the Wildcats 1st and 10 at the Tech 45.

Penalty No. 6: Pass interference on cornerback Justis Nelson just five plays later on the same drive as the previous penalty. This one was for 14 yards down to the Tech 19. Kansas State scored three playes later to take a 31-7 lead.

Penalty No. 7: Holding on J.J. Gaines on the ensuing kick return. The 10-yard penalty meant Tech opened its next drive at its own 20.

Penalty No. 8: Pass Interference on cornerback Nigel Bethel for 15 yards. The penalty gave the Wildcats 1st and 10 at the Tech 38. Kansas State would score eight plays later to extend its lead to 45-13 with just over three minutes remaining.

Penalty No. 9: Personal foul on receiver Shawn Corker on the ensuing kick return.The penalty meant Tech had to start its final drive at its own 12.

The whole goal of a defense is to get off the field anyway it can. The most common way of course is to simply force the other team to punt. Last week in Tech's second game under interim defensive coordinator Mike Smith the Red Raiders allowed 45 points and 535 total yards of offense which is not good. The defense did however force two punts, recover one fumble and held Kansas State on downs once.

The following is a look at how Tech accomplished those four stops:
First punt: Kansas State led 7-0 and was mounting its second drive of the game. The Wildcats picked up a couple first downs, before Pete Robertson and Justis Nelson registered back-to-back sacks and Branden Jackson stopped Wildcat quarterback Jake Waters for no gain on third down.

Second punt: The Wildcats started from their own 25 up 17-7 with 4:11 remaining in the first half. Charles Jones ripped off a 10-yard run on the first play, but was stuffed for a 1-yard run by Sam Eguavoen on the next play and then Demarcus Robinson gained three yards on a carry before being stopped by defensive tackle Keland McErath to set up 3rd and 6. Quarterback Jake Waters couldn't hook up with Deante Burton on the third down pass attempt and Tech forced Kansas State to punt for the second time in the half.

Turnover on downs: Kansas State marched down the field on the opening possession of the second half down to the Tech 21 and faced 4th and 1. The Wildcats ran an option play with Waters down the line of scrimmage. Tech's defensive linemen did a good job of submarining to hold the line up front and though linebacker Sam Eguavoen was credited with the tackle, it was actually safety Keenon Ward who knifed into the backfield and tripped up Waters for no gain. Eguavoen did help clean it up a little bit and made a nice play for a sack earlier in the drive though.

Fumble recovery: Ward came up big again later in the quarter when he simply ripped the ball out of Kansas State running back Charles Jones' hands. Safety J.J. Gaines pounced on the fumble for Tech's only forced turnover of the night.

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