2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The Texas Tech Offense
Good health. There’s plenty of depth, but that wasn’t enough last season as quarterbacks Alan Bowman and Jett Duffey weren’t available in the bowl-or-go-home regular season finale to Baylor. Those two have to stay in one piece – at least one of them has to – and the receivers have to come back and be okay.
The corps is loaded, but Seth Collins has to get over a broken collarbone, McLane Mannix had an ankle problem this spring, and TJ Vasher had a few leg issues. There’s time to get everyone right, but the skill guys have to last the long season.
Biggest Key To The Texas Tech Defense
Stop someone from completing big pass plays. Texas Tech was better than Oklahoma. The Sooners had the only pass defense worst than Tech’s, which gave up 288 yards per game and got bombed on for 250 or more by everyone but Kansas, Kansas State and Lamar.
On the plus side, the Red Raiders allowed quarterbacks to convert just 57% of their throws. Unfortunately, nine of the 12 interceptions came in four games, and eight teams averaged eight yards or more per attempt. Utah State’s defense not only came up with 20 picks last year, but it scored on six of them.
Key Player To A Successful Season
RB Ta’Zhawn Henry, Soph.
Last year, Utah State RB Darwin Thompson ran for 1,044 yards and 14 touchdowns, and backup Gerold Bright took off for 888 yards and ten scores. The Aggie passing game was fantastic under new Red Raider head man Matt Wells, but the offense became unstoppable with the way the ground attack rolled. The Texas Tech backs will get their chances.
The 5-7, 170-pound Henry tied for the team lead with 341 yards, and he scored eight times on the ground to go along with his 22 catches with a touchdown. Now he needs to get ready to handle more work.
Key Game To The Texas Tech Season
at West Virginia, Nov. 9
The Red Raiders will have to come up with at least one Big 12 win at some point. They have to go to Oklahoma, Baylor, Kansas, and Texas – figure they beat the Jayhawks – to go along with a trip to West Virginia in a battle of first year head coaches.
Texas Tech gets a week to prepare – the Mountaineers have to go to Baylor the week before – one it could be a momentum builder with the next two games at home. The Red Raiders haven’t lost in the series since 2013.
– Texas Tech Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
2018 Texas Tech Fun Stats
– 4th Down Conversions: Texas Tech 11-of-18 (61%) – Opponents 8-of-21 (38%)
– Texas Tech and its opponents hit all 101 of their extra point attempts
– Texas Tech 3rd Quarter Scoring: 72 – Texas Tech 4th Quarter Scoring: 140