Saturday, November 12, 2011
No necessary fire, precision for Tech upset
By David Ubben
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech didn't have to play perfect to snag an upset against Oklahoma State.
It needed a good start, though, and needed to play relatively mistake-free.
So far, at Jones AT&T Stadium, it's been none of the above for the boys in black.
The Red Raiders went three-and-out on their opening possession. Then they were gashed for an easy touchdown drive for Oklahoma State, finished by another touchdown pass on a fade route from Brandon Weeden to Justin Blackmon.
Now, thanks to three big mistakes, Texas Tech trails 14-0 in the first quarter.
Alex Torres muffed a punt. The Red Raiders were flagged for a face mask and then flagged for a pass interference in the end zone on a third-and-5.
Simply put, that's way, way, way too many mistakes if the Red Raiders hope to make this a game.
Oklahoma State has outclassed Texas Tech to this point. Kansas State erased an early 14-0 lead to make last week's game against the Cowboys competitive, but there's going to have to be a whole lot of change if Texas Tech is going to do the same.