Offensive Report Card: Texas Tech vs. UMass

The Red Raiders' 56-14 rout over UMass to conclude non-conference play on Saturday brought their record to a perfect 4-0. Running backs Shannon Woods and Baron Batch headlined an outstanding performance for Texas Tech's entire offense. RaiderPower.com breaks down the entire offensive performance in this report card.

Quarterbacks: A (Harrell)/C (Potts)

Graham Harrell had another impressive night, racking up 322 yards and completing 27 or 34 passing attempts and throwing 4 touchdowns. Harrell seemed relaxed in the pocket and did an outstanding job of checking into the correct plays and not forcing the ball downfield.

Taylor Potts struggled a bit with mop-up duty, competing only 4 of 9 passes for 37 yards. In the post-game conference, Head Coach Mike Leach expressed his disappointment with the second team's performance, stating, "Our twos squandered some reps that irritated me."

Running Backs: A+

Texas Tech's run game was outstanding against UMass, with both Baron Batch and Shannon Woods getting lots of opportunities to make plays on the ground and through the air. The talented duo put up 284 total yards in front of a sellout crowd of 53,190.

Shannon Woods had 10 carries for 108 yards and 3 touchdowns, moving him to sixth place on Texas Tech's list of career touchdowns. Woods also had the first 100+ yard rushing game for a Red Raider since 2006, when he rushed for 109 yards against Minnesota in the Insight Bowl.

Baron Batch finished the night with 11 carries for 55 yards and led the Red Raiders in receiving yards with 68.

Coach Leach was pleased with his running backs' performance against the Minutemen, saying, "Both backs played well with regard to the run game. They hammered away."

Wide Receivers: B+

While the night was all about the stellar play of the running backs, the wide receivers played well despite a few dropped balls, including a touchdown pass to Detron Lewis in the endzone.

Harrell distributed the ball amongst the receivers pretty evenly, with 11 players pulling in receptions.

Michael Crabtree led the receiving corps with 5 receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown. The sophomore All-American is currently third in the nation in receiving yards with 457.

Redshirt freshman Tramain Swindall saw significant playing time and appears to be one of Harrell's favorite targets so far this year. He had his first score as a Red Raider on a 17 yard catch in the first quarter.

Senior Eric Morris also added two touchdown receptions, giving him his second multiple TD game in 2008.

Even Coach Leach, who last week criticized his receivers for dropping balls and said, "Right now, we're nothing special," felt much better about this weeks' offensive performance.

"I thought they did [well] and Adam [James] had the catch of the night, it was a heck of a catch," Leach remarked. "There were a lot of good catches and good distribution."

Offensive Line: A

The offensive line was solid against an outmatched Minutemen D-line who struggled to get any pressure on Harrell. The Red Raider big men allowed no sacks or tackles for a loss the entire game.

The O-line also cut down on penalties, with only one holding call against RT Marlon Winn during the game.

Senior left guard Louis Vasquez was out nursing an injury and was replaced with Jake Johnson, who had his first start of the season.

Overall Offensive Game: A

The offense was clicking Saturday night against U-Mass, showing just how efficient it can be when both the running and passing games are on. Perhaps the most telling stat of the night was the Red Raiders scoring all six times they were in the red-zone.

Running backs Shannon Woods and Baron Batch, who had over half of Tech's 538 total yards, stole the show, but there was good effort and production from all of the offensive units.

The lone sore spot in the game was the second team, particularly backup quarterback Taylor Potts. They looked out of sync on the field and will need to improve in order to provide depth during Big 12 play.



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