Red Raiders Dominated by Tigers

The Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-3, 2-2) fell to a good the Missouri Tigers (6-2, 2-2) team by a score of 62-31. Missouri quarterback Brad Smith led the way with 291 rushing yards and 5 rushing touchdowns.

Missouri started the game by driving 57 yards to set up a 34-yard field goal attempt. Mike Matheny made the kick to give Missouri the early 3-0 lead.

Texas Tech answered with a field goal of their own following a 77-yard drive. Keith Toogood made the 23-yard field goal to tie the game at 3-3.

Following a long kickoff return, the Tigers drove 48-yards to setup a 3-yard touchdown run by Zach Abron. The touchdown gave Missouri a 10-3 lead.

Missouri recovered a Jonnie Mack fumble to start a 51-yard touchdown drive. The drive was capped by a 10-yard rush for a touchdown by Brad Smith. The rush extended the Tiger's lead to 17-3.

Following the kickoff, Missouri intercepted a B.J. Symons pass to set up another touchdown drive. The Tigers drove 51 yards to set up a 4-yard touchdown run by Abron to make the score 24-3.

Symons threw a second touchdown on the ensuing drive, but the Missouri offense stalled to set up a 33-yard field goal by Matheny. The kick made the score 27-3.

Texas Tech drove 93 yards for a touchdown on their next possession. The drive was finished by a 6 yard pass from Symons to Mickey Peters to make the score 27-10.

Missouri Answered with a 70-yard touchdown drive of their own. Smith finished the drive with a 27-yard rushing touchdown to make the score 34-10.

Texas Tech scored the first points of the second half when B.J. Symons found Carlos Francis in the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown pass. The touchdown brought the score to 34-17.

The Red Raiders forced a three and out to set up a 55-yard touchdown drive. The drive was capped by a 32-yard touchdown pass form Symons to Peters to make the score 34-24.

Missouri answered by driving 77 yards for a touchdown. Abron finished the drive with a 2-yard rushing touchdown to give Missouri a 41-24 lead.

Texas Tech scored their last touchdown of the game on the next possession. Symons found Francis for a 26-yard touchdown to make the score 41-31.

Missouri scored 21 unanswered points to finish the game and win by a score of 62-31.

Player of the Game
Brad Smith

Team Analysis

QB - B.J. Symons may have thrown for 407 yards and 4 touchdowns, but his two interceptions early placed the Red Raiders in a pretty tough situation. Symons certainly doesn't deserve the blame for this loss, but he must be more patient, even when the defense is having a massive collapse. This offense will put up points on anybody, it's just a matter of execution. This game should effectively end Symons' Heisman hopes.

RBTaurean Henderson had 20 touches for 98 yards, giving him an average game. Jonnie Mack's fumble in the first quarter started a streak of three straight turnovers, which really hurt the Red Raiders' chances. If the defense had played better, the running backs probably would have had a chance to put up bigger numbers.

WR – The wide receivers played a good, but not great, game. Carlos francis led the way with 8 catches for 126 yards and 2 touchdowns. Wes Welker was the only other receiver in the 100-yard club, catching 13 passes for 101 yard. Mickey Peters scored 2 touchdowns in the game.

OL – The line played pretty good, but once again let defenders through at unfortunate times. Not the best performance this line has seen, but under normal circumstances it would have been adequate to get a victory.

DL – This was a bad game for the defensive line. Several plays saw two or more linemen pancaked by the Missouri line. While the Tigers do have a good offensive line, the Red raider defense needs the line to play better, especially against a team that features a mobile quarterback.

LB – Most fans probably wondered where the linebackers were today, and the answer isn't real easy. The linebackers were either out of position, or getting blocked by the Missouri offensive linemen who had just pancaked the bulk of the defensive line. The first is the linebackers fault, the second isn't. this group is young, and the only hope right now is that things start to click soon.

DB – Not much good to say about this group either. The safeties were frequently out of position once gain, which allowed Brad Smith to have several long runs. The corners played decent pass coverage, but it didn't really matter because the Tigers were able to run at will against the Texas Tech defense.

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