Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Midseason review: Texas Tech
By ESPN.com staff
Texas Tech Red Raiders
Record: 3-2 (1-2 Big 12)
The first half of the season hasn't been ideal for the Red Raiders, but outside of a loss at Iowa State, Texas Tech is probably only a game back of where they thought they'd be at this point in the year. The offensive transition from Mike Leach to Neal Brown got off to a shaky start, especially in a loss to Texas when the Red Raiders had just 144 yards of offense. But quarterback Taylor Potts has topped 375 yards passing in his past two games, throwing for nine touchdowns and two interceptions. Meanwhile, the newly aggressive defense has made plenty of big plays but proved prone to giving them up, too. The Red Raiders have forced 11 turnovers and made 15 sacks, but have given up touchdowns of 36, 61, 34 and 62 yards in the past two games.
Offensive MVP: WR Lyle Leong -- Leong has emerged as Potts' top target in one of the conference's deepest pools of receivers. He leads the team in receptions (34) has nearly 200 yards more (461) than the team's second most productive receiver and his nine touchdown receptions are good for No. 2 nationally. He's also averaging 13.56 yards per catch.
Defensive MVP: LB Brian Duncan -- Duncan moved to the outside of James Willis' 3-4 and we knew he'd be rushing the passer more this season. He's made it count, racking up six sacks in five games, including a three-sack performance in the season opener against SMU. He preserved the win in that game with two sacks on the final drive, when the Mustangs had a chance to tie.