Texas Tech Kansas Report Card

The Texas Tech Red Raiders hold Kansas to 7 points in the second half and a 42 point win as they rolled past the Jayhawks 63-21 Saturday. Come inside as football analyst Mitchell Fish breaks down just what went down once Tech got rolling and what the Raiders were able to do to hold a talented offense in check.

Offense:

Graham Harrell and the Texas Tech offense were about as close to perfect as one can realistically get in a game against a Big XII opponent. Scoring 8 touchdowns with Harrell in the game, Tech looked nearly unstoppable throughout the entire game.

Baron Batch again showed his big-play potential with a 42-yard screen pass reception and run with Brandon "Makind" Carter leading the charge down the football field.

Edward Britton seems to be finally turning the corner with two long catches and a tough catch on a crossing route.

Jacoby Franks once again flashed potential and appears to be in sole possession of the back-up spot behind star receiver Michael Crabtree, who didn't have huge numbers, was once again very impressive scoring two touchdowns (good thing the Umpire missed the tackle) and sat out most of the 4th quarter.

Perhaps the only spot of contention were two sacks given up by the offensive line on Graham Harrell's last possession in the game. Although, considering it was the 3rd sack allowed in more approximately 400 passing attempts, I think the "Secret Service" can be given a pass for that.

Special note goes out to Brandon Carter, Stephen Hamby and Marlon Winn for spectacular blocking on screen passes early in the game.

Defense:

Rajon Henley sat out once again, though it was difficult to notice as Brandon Sesay, Richard Jones, and Colby Whitlock had strong days inside while Brandon Williams and McKinner Dixon showed off the One-Two punch that they have become on the Raiders defense.

Bront Bird flashed early while Brian Duncan and Marlon Williams had strong days (both Duncan and Williams dropping interceptions during the course of the game). Sam Fehoko also saw limited playing time as the game came to a close, making an impressive tackle.

The secondary was temporarily re-named the "McBathery" as Darcel McBath did his best Daniel Charbonnet, intercepting 3 passes on 3 consecutive drives by the Jayhawks. No one else had much to do during that stretch, though Jamar Wall had strong coverage throughout the day.

Wrap-up:

Excluding the Nevada game, Graham Harrell has continued his trend of playing better on the road then he does at home. While throwing for "only" 386 yards and 5 touchdowns, Harrell was nearly perfect throughout the day and lead the offense to its best day of the year.

Defensively, after some 1st quarter struggles, the "Ruff Raiders" had a tremendous day defensively. The depth on the defensive line appears to be legitimate and should Rajon Henley be able to go on November 1st, the University of Texas should have difficulty running the football.

Overall, Tech dominated the Jayhawks from start to finish and played a brilliant game.

Game Balls

Game balls go to Darcel McBath with 3 interceptions and Matt  Williams for 9 extra-points without a single miss, though Donnie Carona did manage to miss a 43-yard field goal almost as bad as an entire generation of Florida State kickers.


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