Texas Tech v. OSU Report Card

The Texas Tech Red Raiders continue their winning ways against ranked opponents, knocking off their third (and 2nd top 10) in 3 weeks. Come inside as RaiderPower football analyst Mitchell Fish grades the Raiders offensive and defensive performance in the RaiderPower Oklahoma State-Texas Tech Report Card.

Offense: A+-

Graham Harrell had another spectacular day throwing the football, completing 80% of his passes and tying his career best with six touchdown passes.

Other than an early dropped snap by Harrell (and another in junk time during the 4th quarter) the Texas Tech offense was nearly impossible to stop. Eric Morris did an outstanding job of finding open space in the middle of the field regardless of zone or man coverage being played by Oklahoma State.

Shannon Woods, while not having a tremendous night running the ball, was phenomenal as a receiver and after the catch. Woods broke free on several occasions through either sheer strength or one of his favorite spin moves.

Michael Crabtree answered the "Dez Bryant is better than Michael Crabtree" debate throughout the game and while the two had similar statistics as far as receptions and yards, Crabtree had the deciding factor with three touchdowns.

Tramain Swindall got to show his soft hands throughout the game and continues to be an important part of the Raiders third down package.

Defense: A

The Tech defense (excluding OSU's first drive following a Raider fumble) was once again very good this evening. While OSU was able to gain some yards running the football, it was not even close to the 300+ yards rushing that OSU racked up against last years defense.

Brian Duncan once again led the team, this time with 11 tackles, and helped lead the Raiders in stifling a very talented OSU offense. Rajon Henley was back on the field, though for limited time, and showed his big play ability batting down a key third-down pass attempt by OSU's Zac Robinson.

Chris Perry flashed some of the talent that originally led him to the University of Miami as he and Henley teamed up for a sack.

Colby Whitlock continues playing at an extremely high level and recorded a sack along with a batted pass at the line of scrimmage.

Game Balls

Graham Harrell obviously gets a game ball along with the offensive line for providing the Raiders talented signal caller with all day to throw.

Baron Batch and Shannon Woods each get a game ball as they continue to lead the Raiders renewed ground game in gashing opponents who concentrate to heavily on the pass.

LA Reed receives a huge game ball after he started at right cornerback and on more than one occasion was able to jam Dez Bryant at the line of scrimmage and force him out of timing on routes.

Overall

Another near perfect game from the Raiders sets up the "Biggest game in two weeks" as Tech rolls into Norman to Oklahoma for the opportunity to represent the Big XII South in Kansas City.

While Tech played a great game against OSU, the Cowboys were playing on the road in-front of a raucous crowd. Tech will be on the flip side of this situation in two weeks and will need to play their best game of the year if they hope to leave Norman winners.


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