Key Matchups: Tech's RBs vs. LSU's LBs will be breaking down the top position group matchups between Texas Tech and LSU leading up to their Dec. 29 showdown in the Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium in Houston. Next up is the Red Raider running backs versus the Tiger linebackers.

Texas Tech running back DeAndre Washington turned in one of the top seasons in program history by rushing for 1,455 yards and 14 touchdowns with an average of 6.5 yards per tote.

The 5-foot-8, 200-pound senior also caught 34 passes for 304 yards and a pair of scores. His season rushing total is the fifth-best single season rushing performance in program history and his career total of 3,374 rushing yards is also fifth on the Red Raider career rushing list. Washington carried the team on his back in the final two regular season games by rushing for a combined 421 yards and five touchdowns in wins over Kansas State and Texas.

Justin Stockton serves as a nice compliment as a change of pace back. He rushed for 347 yards,  five touchdowns and caught 22 passes for 341 yards and six scores this season. The 5-foot-10, 192-pound sophomore thrives in space and as a counter when Kliff Kingsbury looks to fool defenses with misdirection plays.

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Texas Tech averaged 204.8 rushing yards per game and finished second in the Big 12 in yards per carry at 5.6. 

Tasked with stopping the Tech running backs are a pair of stud linebackers for LSU led by Deion Jones.

Jones, a 6-foot-1, 227-pound senior, leads LSU in both total tackles with 92 and tackles for loss with 11.5. He is also an effective blitzer on passing downs with four sacks. 

Lining up next to him will be the 6-foot-2, 252-pound Kendell Beckwith. The junior finished second on the team with 72 total stops to go with six tackles for loss. 

The Tigers gave up just 131.5 rushing yards per game in the regular season which was fourth in the SEC and 24th nationally. 

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