Game Recap: Texas Tech 59 – Louisiana Tech 45

Texas Tech rides explosive combo of Mahomes and Giles to victory.

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Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

RECORD: 1-2

CONFERENCE RECORD: 0-0

NEXT OPPONENT: Middle Tennessee

GAME INFORMATION

LOCATION: Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, TX

BETTING LINE: Texas Tech -10.5

OVER/UNDER: -110

Texas Tech Red Raiders

RECORD: 2-1

CONFERENCE RECORD: 0-0

NEXT OPPONENT: Kansas

FINAL LINE SCORE

Game Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
Louisiana Tech 3 14 14 14 45
Texas Tech 21 14 7 17 59

LOUISIANA TECH STATS

TOP PASSER: Ryan Higgins: 20/32, 311 Yards, 3 TDs

TOP RUSHER: Jarred Craft: 21 Carries, 151 Yards, 1 TD

TOP RECEIVER: Trent Taylor, 7 Receptions, 166 Yards, 2 TDs

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jonathan Giles

PLAYER STATS: 6 Receptions, 186 Yards, 3 TDs

Jonathan Giles had an absolutely incendiary night. Every single time he touched the ball, something exciting was going on. It’s a shame he only touched it six times, but that’s the nature of Tech’s offense, to spread the catches around. He helped keep us ahead when LA Tech got the game close in the third quarter. Considering how much Texas Tech does love to spread the wealth, it’s impressive he caught almost 200 of Mahomes’ 470 yards. He had the most receiving yards since Jakeem Grant tonight, and he earned all of them, including a 64-yard TD in the first and a double reverse pass that was almost all his running after the catch. It was Giles’ turn to be huge tonight, and he absolutely delivered a huge performance.

TEXAS TECH STATS

TOP PASSER: Patrick Mahomes, 26/36, 470 Yards, 5 TDs

TOP RUSHER: Demarcus Felton, 16 Carries, 123 Yards, 2 TDs

TOP RECEIVER: Jonathan Giles, 6 Receptions, 186 Yards, 3 TDs

LOUISIANA TECH POSITION GROUP RATINGS

OFFENSIVE LINE: 7

LA Tech certainly gave Higgins a chance to shine tonight, as he was only sacked once. They looked good against a weak D-Line.

TIGHT ENDS: See WRs

RUNNING BACKS: 8

Jarred Craft, as is tradition when playing Texas Tech, had a huge game. He looked great while racking up over 150 yards and a touchdown.

QUARTERBACKS: 8

Ryan Higgins certainly did his part to bring the Bulldogs the upset, there weren’t any head-scratching throws, and overall he looked like the answer at QB for Louisiana Tech

WIDE RECEIVERS: 7

Trent Taylor and Carlos Henderson accounted for 296 of 311 receiving yards, in complete contrast to the other Tech. That being said, both looked like stars, and sometimes two great ones is all you need.

DEFENSIVE LINE: 6

I can’t fault this line too much because they were playing the Red Raiders, and there were plays where they looked great. They just didn’t do quite enough.

LINEBACKERS: 6

Once again, considering the quality of Texas Tech’s offense, this group played great. They just couldn’t come up big enough to get the win.

SECONDARY: 4

LA Tech’s strength is secondary, but they were burned early and often tonight. For C-USA level offenses though, this unit should be in good shape.

SPECIAL TEAMS: 7

Carlos Henderson looked about average in the return game, while kicker Jonathan Barnes and punter Gerald Shrouse enjoyed solid games.

COACHING: 8

Skip Holtz had the right game plan for Texas Tech, they just didn’t have the talent on offense to keep up with the explosiveness the Red Raiders are known for.

GAME ANALYSIS

While Tech got back on the right side of .500, it had to have left a bit of a sour aftertaste. On paper and on screen, Texas Tech’s offense doesn’t even look like they should be playing at the college level. Unfortunately, that same statement is true for the defense, except with a much worse connotation. Looking at the Bulldogs, they look like real contenders in the wide open C-USA West. They look like the kind of team you sign for a paycheck game and then immediately regret doing so. Higgins looks like he could lead La Tech to a great year, and even when he leaves, Smith has looked solid for the future as well. It’s pretty frustrating to have a Heisman-level quarterback and probably four or five Biletnikoff contenders, and we still had to outshoot Louisiana Tech, who’s not a world-renowned offense. Gibbs has to be given time, but it will be very frustrating waiting for the results. If we fire him, we’ll be stuck in the same cycle that got us into this mess. There’s a bye week next week, which could be at a perfect time. Then its a Thursday night battle against Kansas, a team we should beat easily. After that, the real season starts, and our defense will need to be vastly improved in those three weeks.

TEXAS TECH POSITION GROUP RATINGS

OFFENSIVE LINE: 7

Texas Tech’s O-Line looked about evenly matched with Louisiana Tech’s D. They may have let 2 sacks happen, but otherwise they played pretty well.

TIGHT ENDS: See WRs

RUNNING BACKS: 8

Justin Stockton wasn’t delivering the usual quotient of explosiveness, so Demarcus Felton had the spotlight, which he took great advantage of.

QUARTERBACKS: 10

Patrick Mahomes has to be a legit Heisman hopeful at this point, he’s the only player with as many touchdowns as Lamar Jackson, and now he just needs some help to get on the national stage.

WIDE RECEIVERS: 10

As usual, almost everybody on the roster saw playing time and targets. Giles was the star, but nine other receivers also caught passes.

DEFENSIVE LINE: 3

Craft is not an elite G5 back, and he ran for 150 yards. There’s clearly still problems here, ones that need to be fixed before we face some explosive Big 12 offenses.

LINEBACKERS: 4

The middle of the field was open. A lot. A disturbingly high amount of times. Ditto on the problems that need to be rectified ASAP.

SECONDARY: 6

Tech is equipped for a team like themselves, with 4 or 5 roughly equally mediocre corners and safeties. Two of those couldn’t cover Taylor or Henderson, but the rest did fine.

SPECIAL TEAMS: 5

It’s hard to rate them much higher with a missed field goal from Hatfield and a mostly stagnant return game.

COACHING: 6

Once again, Texas Tech looks underwhelming, like they just assume their offense can keep them in any game. Eventually there’ll come a game where Kliff’s nonchalant strategy will get the Red Raiders destroyed.

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My name is Scott Moran, and I am the Chief Editor here at Armchair. I plan to attend the University of Arizona in 2018, and as such I am a huge Wildcats fan. However, if there’s any team playing college football or basketball, you can bet I’m watching. In terms of pro sports, I follow the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals, and Vegas Golden Knights. Despite my huge obsession with college sports, I have no delusions about my own athletic ability.
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Editor in Chief
My name is Scott Moran, and I am the Chief Editor here at Armchair. I plan to attend the University of Arizona in 2018, and as such I am a huge Wildcats fan. However, if there’s any team playing college football or basketball, you can bet I’m watching. In terms of pro sports, I follow the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals, and Vegas Golden Knights. Despite my huge obsession with college sports, I have no delusions about my own athletic ability.

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