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Report Card: Baylor 63, Texas Tech 35

RaiderPower.com senior writer Joe Yeager grades every Texas Tech position group on its performance in the 63-35 loss to Baylor on Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington (Tex.).

Quarterbacks

Except for a knee brace, Pat Mahomes’ bum knee wasn’t in evidence against the Bears. He moved well, consistently evading rushers, and scampered for a 25-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Mahomes completed many a difficult pass in putting up 415 passing yards, and would’ve had two more touchdown passes were it not for dropped balls. Still, Mahomes sometimes got greedy for the deep ball and it cost him an interception (his other interception was basically an arm punt). Davis Webb looked pretty strong in relief. The lack of a running game did MaWebb no favors. Grade: A-

Running Backs

It was an extremely forgettable afternoon for DeAndre Washington and Justin Stockton (pictured below) who combined for 72 yards on 19 carries (3.8 ypc). Washington never hit his stride, but he did fumble. Stockton ran tentatively to say the least, resembling the Stockton of 2014. The duo did contribute to the passing game, catching nine passes for 101 yards. Grade: C-

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Receivers

Far too many mistakes from this group. Jakeem Grant dropped a touchdown, Tony Brown dropped another, was penalized for blocking in the back and committed a fumble. Brad Pearson and Ja’Deion High also committed infractions. But there were positives as well. Former walk-on Zach Austin saw extensive duty for the first time in his career and responded with eight catches for 110 yards and a touchdown. Brown also cracked the 100-yard barrier and made a true circus catch for a touchdown. Reginald Davis was nonexistent. On many plays the receivers struggled to uncover and the quarterbacks were forced to throw the ball away. Grade: C-

Offensive Line

For the first time in 2015 the Tech offensive line was defeated. The line shares some of the responsibility for the lack of a running game, as DeAndre Washington and Justin Stockton saw little daylight (Justin Murphy’s early departure with an injury was surely a factor). Penalties were a huge problem, with the line accounting for nine of Tech’s 17 penalties (Jared Kaster and the Morales brothers were the chief offenders). Pass protection was solid; Pat Mahomes scrambled some, but usually had a decent pocket from which to throw. Tackles Le'Raven Clark and Baylen Brown completely nullified overhyped defensive end Shawn OakmanGrade: D+

Defensive Line

Pete Robertson, Branden Jackson (No. 9 pictured below) and Demetrius Alston (No. 43 pictured below) each had a tackle for loss, but otherwise, this unit was invisible. Tackles Breiden Fehoko and Rika Levi were absolutely no match for Baylor’s interior run game, and the pass rush—Gary Moore did not play—was nowhere to be seen. The defense as a whole had a miserable day, and the ineptitude started up front. Grade: F

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Linebackers

Dakota Allen was very active with 13 stops and a tackle for loss, and D'Vonta Hinton continues to come on, but the linebackers as a whole did little to slow the Bear rushing attack. Then again, the guys up front didn’t give them much help. Grade: D-

Secondary

After Josh Doctson torched the secondary for 287 yards on 16 catches, David Gibbs largely abandoned the soft zone in favor of press coverage against Baylor. Sadly, the results were little better as Corey Coleman and Jay Lee combined for 230 yards and three touchdowns on 10 receptions. Nigel Bethel made his 2015 debut and was flagged for a pair of pass interference penalties. That said, he was still probably Tech’s best cover man on this day. On the whole, Tech’s defensive backs had no answer to the Baylor passing attack (they recorded only one pass breakup), and if the Bears hadn’t run so effectively, Seth Russell would have doubtless passed for over 500 yards. Grade: F

Special Teams

Special teams were not a huge factor in this game insofar as neither team attempted a field goal, and punts were scarce. Tech’s coverage units were solid but the return teams were not, with Cameron Batson spending most of the afternoon running backwards, and yellow flags littering the field on most kickoff returns. The lateralled kickoff return in the first quarter was well executed; the big surprise is that it didn’t result in a touchdown. Grade: D+  


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