3. Ole Miss 47, Texas Tech 27
This was supposed to be when the Texas Tech defense did its part to carry its share of the load.
This is a veteran defense with plenty of talent, a few future NFL starters, and with a whole lot of upside and promise. The O was going to need a little while to click, and everything was supposed to be okay, anyway.
Ole Miss scored 24 in the first quarter, and that ended that.
The Red Raider offense was okay considering starting quarterback McLane Carter got knocked out of the game early with an apparent ankle injury.
New starting quarterback Alan Bowman was a bit off and couldn’t come up with the key plays needed to keep up early on, but he’s the backup – the offense was good enough at times.
Da’Leon Ward had a nice day with 90 rushing yards and two scores, and TJ Vasher looks like he’s about to be a big thing as the new No. 1 target – even if he caught just four passes for 66 yards. But …
The defense. It gave up a 58-yard touchdown pass in the first 40 seconds, got gouged by the Rebel running game, and wasn’t helped when the special teams screwed up allowing a kick-six.
Fortunately, with Lamar and Houston up next, The Red Raiders get time over the next two weeks before dealing with Oklahoma State, West Virginia, and TCU.