Big 12 spring game recap: Texas Tech

What happened:

  • Redshirt freshman Jacob Karam and sophomore Seth Doege combined for 47-of-68 passing, 530 yards and five touchdowns, playing in place of a pair of quarterbacks expected to compete for the starting job at the beginning of spring, Taylor Potts and Steven Sheffield. Potts had surgery on his hand just days after Sheffield had surgery to repair the same bone in his foot he broke last season. Both are expected to throw again by June.

  • Two teams loosely defined as the first and second team played to a 24-24 tie.

  • "Several thousand" fans showed up to see the Red Raiders play in cold, wet conditions.

What we learned:

  • Texas Tech validated that it's one of the conferences deepest teams at running back. Baron Batch, Harrison Jeffers and Aaron Crawford won't have a ton of carries, but they'll have more to go around than were up for grabs last season. Batch carried the ball just six times for 38 yards. Crawford and Jeffers combined for 108 yards on 31 carries.

  • The same goes for the Red Raider receivers. Alex Torres highlighted the day with 10 catches for 115 yards, but once again, they'll have a lot of viable options. Detron Lewis, Lyle Leong and Austin Zouzalik won't be starved for catches. Cornelius Douglas showed some potential to contribute on Saturday, too, with 106 yards receiving, highlighted by a 64-yard score in the second quarter. But caution, it's still only one game and it's April. Douglas enters 2010 with a lot to prove before he finds himself in the same breath as the receivers above him.

  • Watching Texas Tech? Playing for Texas Tech? Defending Texas Tech? Buckle up. Offensive coordinator Neal Brown debuted the "NASCAR" offense on Saturday, but clearly both quarterbacks felt comfortable running the no-huddle scheme that operates much faster than last season's version under Mike Leach. The Red Raiders rush to the line of scrimmage and snap the ball quickly to wear down and confuse opposing defenses. "They line up and just snap it over and over and over again," linebacker Bront Bird told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "It gets pretty rough out there."

They said it:

"Our players have been through a lot the last six months and it was good to see the fans come out and support them."

- Red Raiders coach Tommy Tuberville