There were several times that Joel Filani came up huge for the Red Raiders, he was one of Cody Hodges' favorite targets; to give everyone a concept of how much Joel got the ball Cody threw 34 of 45 attempts for an impressive 368 yards, and Joel was instrumental in adding almost half of those yards! The most impressive though has to be the touchdown that came with only twelve seconds left on the clock. Cody Hodges rolled out of the pocket to his left and fired a perfectly thrown pass to Filani who had worked himself open in the back of the end zone; we saw that Filani had not only gotten open, but had beaten no fewer than two Huskers to find a hole in the formidable Nebraska secondary.
Last year Filani doesn't have the ball thrown his way in clutch situations. A lot of credit has to be given to the Texas Tech coaching staff. Filani had some trouble going into last year dropping some balls, they have obviously worked with Joel to correct this problem and now we reap the benefits. You can see where he has made leaps and bounds in this department, becoming yet another offensive weapon for Mike Leach and company.
We believe that it all started in the Holiday Bowl last year. The confidence that the young man had to have coming out of that game is tremendous, and teams everywhere can see his swagger this year. Also, kudos to Filani for continuing to work hard and become the player that we all hoped he was capable of becoming. Whether it be catching a pass on fourth and two to keep the game winning drive alive or catching the routine play, Filani played an outstanding game. It is our firm opinion that with out Filani's heart and drive it would have been a different story for the Red Raiders on Saturday.
Also, the man couldn't be a nicer guy. He always has a smile on his face and is eager to shake your hand when introduced. We traveled to Lincoln and Filani was glad to see us and thanked us for driving all that way to help support the team. He is a great kid and we are proud to call him a Red Raider. Thanks Joel, for coming all the way out to Texas Tech, and most importantly, thanks for being a Red Raider!