Symons, Tech Ready for OSU

When quarterback B.J. Symons was being examined on the sidelines, Red Raider fans everywhere could see an amazing season on the brink of disaster. The injury was to his knee, but Symons went back in the game and played well despite the knee brace. Symons says he's at one hundred percent heading into the Oklahoma State game.

"B.J.'s going to play. B.J. feels great," said the Texas Tech quarterback on Monday. The injury appears to have happened after his touchdown pass to Wes Welker. The most likely cause is an awkward landing while celebrating. "I just landed a little funny on my leg," said Symons. Following the injury, a brace was placed on Symons' knee. "The brace was more of a precautionary thing," aid Symons. It's still unclear if Symons will be forced to wear a brace this week, but the Texas Tech quarterback is confident that he will be ready to go on Saturday. "I don't expect it to be any problem," said Symons.

Once again a group of seniors addressed the team following a victory. The message was to focus on the next game. Normally you wouldn't expect a team to overlook a top 25 team on the road, but the Red Raiders have had their way with Oklahoma State in recent years. "We've had some success against Oklahoma State in the past three years," said Symons. Despite the recent success, the Red Raiders know they can't overlook a dangerous Cowboys team.

Defensive Coordinator Lyle Setencich jokingly alluded to his plan for stopping the balanced offense of the Cowboys. "Our secret game plan is to let B.J. Symons throw more passes," said Coach Setencich. The Cowboys have the most balanced offensive attack that the inexperienced Red Raider defense has seen this season. "They have a very good tailback, they have a very good wide receiver," said Coach Setencich. The greatest challenge comes from receiver Rashaun Woods. His presence has to be accounted for, even in running situations. Despite the play of Rashaun Woods and Tatum Bell, the Cowboys have had a tough time against the Red Raiders. "They're good players, but they've been there the last three years," said Coach Leach.

Offensively the Red Raiders are expecting some new looks from the Cowboys. Most teams try to run some special schemes to stop the spread offense, and this weekend will be no different. "We have to be prepared for any defense we face," said Symons. Head Coach Mike Leach will spend the week trying to figure out how to attack the Oklahoma State defense, something he's done successfully since arriving in Lubbock. "Any defense is going to have flaws," said Coach Leach. The key will be identifying and exploiting those flaws. One question is how much the Red Raiders will run the ball following Taurean Henderson's performance on Saturday. That will probably be up to Symons, who is responsible for checking to run plays once he assesses the situation.

This game is the first of two games that will be pivotal for the Red Raiders in terms of national respect. Two wins on the road brings the Red Raiders back to Lubbock with a 7-1 overall record, and a 4-0 record in the Big Twelve. That would solidify Texas Tech as a contender in the South Division, after the recent troubles of the Texas Longhorns.


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