Offensive Report Card: Texas Tech vs. K-State

In a 58-28 rout of the Kansas State Wildcats on Saturday, the Red Raiders gave the Big 12 conference official notice that they are a force to be reckoned with in 2008. Scoring just 2:03 minutes in the first quarter, Texas Tech took an early lead and never looked back. In this report card, RaiderPower.com evaluates the offense's play.

Quarterbacks: A+

Graham Harrell was hitting on all cylinders Saturday afternoon, finishing the game with 454 yards, 6 touchdowns, and no turnovers on his way to becoming Texas Tech's All-Time Leading Passer. Harrell's experience was also on display against the Wildcats, as he did a superb job of checking into the right plays and avoiding sacks.

Perhaps most importantly, Graham was the undisputed leader of the team in the conference opener. He helped to energize and motivate both the offense and defense early in the game when it was close, and he was cool and calm from opening kickoff, which helped focus the younger players in their first Big 12 road game of the season.

Running Backs: A

Shannon Woods and Baron Batch continued to show the nation that the Red Raiders are not a unilateral offense, collectively rushing for 138 yards and one touchdown on 27 carries. Batch and Woods also added 29 and 28 yards respectively on receptions.

Wide Receivers: A+

All-American Michael Crabtree led the Red Raiders with 107 yards and two touchdowns, but it was a very productive day for the entire corps, who ended the game with 490 yards on 42 receptions and 6 scores. Crabtree's second TD tied him with former WR Jarrett Hicks on Texas Tech's list of career touchdowns at 30.

Senior Eric Morris finished the game just shy of 100 yards on 7 receptions, and sophomore Lyle Leong was able to take all three of his catches in for touchdowns.

Harrell and Potts connected with eleven different players for catches, making it extremely difficult for the Wildcat defenders to double on Crabtree or Morris.

Offensive Line: B

The offensive line did a good job of blocking against K-State, who blitzed quite frequently during the opening stages of play. After the game Harrell praised the O-line, saying, "I felt like I had all day back there."

The line had some early penalties for holding and false starts, but overall they had a good performance in their first conference game.

Overall Offensive Game: A

The Red Raider offense set the tone for the game early, scoring on their first possession and finishing the first half with five touchdowns and 417 yards of total offense. They were able to convert on 10 of 17 third downs and two of three fourth downs, and scored all eight times they were in the red zone. With their first conference game behind them and their record at 5-0, the offense is in a perfect position to lead the Red Raiders in a run at a Big 12 title if they can stay focused and consistent.



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