Red Raiders Beat the Tigers 52-38

Texas Tech quarterback Kliif Kingsbury led the Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-3, 2-1) to a 52-38 victory over the Missouri Tigers (3-4, 0-3). Kingsbury became the first college quarterback in the state of Texas to pass for over 10,000 yards in a career. Kingsbury also set a conference record with 510 passing yards on 70 attempts.

On their first possession, the Red Raiders drove 70 yards for a touchdown and the 7-0 lead. A 13-yard touchdown pass to receiver Anton Paige finished off the drive.

Missouri answered with a 43-yard field goal by Mike Matheny on the next possession.

Following a questionable decision on a kickoff, Texas Tech went on a 99-yard drive to take extend the lead to 14-3. A 36-yard pass to receiver Nehemiah Glover capped off the drive.

The Tigers scored a touchdown on an 86-yard drive to make the score 14-10. A 52-yard touchdown pass to receiver Justin Gage finished off the drive.

Following a 40-yard field goal by Texas Tech kicker Robert Treece, Missouri drove 80 yards for a touchdown to tie the score at 17-17. The drive was capped by a 6-yard touchdown run by T.J. Leon.

Texas Tech closed out the first half with two touchdown drives to take the 31-17 halftime lead. Texas Tech would also score the first touchdown of the second half to take the 38-17 lead.

The two teams exchanged touchdown drives to bring the score to 44-22.

The teams would continue to exchange touchdowns. Missouri scored the final touchdown with 5:23 left in the game to make the final score 52-38 in favor of Texas Tech.

Players of the Game
Texas TechKliff Kingsbury
Missouri – Justin Gage

Team Analysis

QB – Kliff Kingsbury had a career game against the Tigers. Not only did he become the first college quarterback in the state of Texas to pass for more than 10,000 yards, he also set a Big 12 record by passing for 510 yards. Kingsbury completed 49 of 70 passes, and passed for 5 touchdowns. This was another game on the long list of great games that Kingsbury has had during his stay in Lubbock.

RB – The running backs had another productive game. Taurean Henderson had 105 all-purpose yards and 2 rushing touchdowns. Foy Munlin led the team in rushing with 50 yards on 8 carries. Both backs made some key plays to keep the chains moving.

WR – If Kingsbury passes for 510 yards you know the wide receivers had a good game. Mickey Peters caught 8 passes for 96 yards to lead the Tech receivers in both categories. Nehemiah Glover scored 3 touchdowns of just 4 catches.

OL – The offensive line continued their string of great games with another fine performance against the Tigers. Kingsbury had plenty of protection as you would expect given his record-breaking performance. The line also did a good job blocking on running plays, particularly in the red zone.

DL – The defensive line did a good job pressuring quarterback Brad Smith. Smith was under pressure all game, particularly from the defensive ends. The run defense was a problem at times. The middle of the defensive line needs to improve against the run next week against Colorado.

LB – The linebackers also did a good job shutting down quarterback Brad Smith. Two problem areas surfaced again this game. The run defense was suspect, and the linebacker's inability to cover tight ends was a problem. John Saldi played a solid game in his second start as an outside linebacker. He was particularly good on blitzes.

DB – The defensive backs are now the biggest problem on this defense. They had serious problems covering receivers. This is the biggest problem, and it must be fixed soon. The other problem is tackling. If a player gets past our running backs, the Tec cornerbacks tend to miss open field tackles. This led to a number of big plays during tonight's game.

Special Teams – Not one of the Red Raiders' better special teams performances. The highlight was a nice kickoff return by Vincent Meeks. Ivory McCann made a bad decision by running a ball out of the endzone that he should have downed. The mistake was compounded by McCann running across the field instead of up the field resulting in the offense starting at the 1-yard line. It is noteworthy that McCann did down a few kicks late in the 4th quarter. Does this mark a change in philosophy on kickoffs?

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