Wednesday, December 30, 2009
New Tech coach has at least one advantage
By ESPN.com staff
Whoever replaces Mike Leach at Texas Tech will have one benefit with the new job: The new Red Raiders coach won't have to face Nebraska during the 2010 regular season.
The Cornhuskers are jumping all over Arizona in an impressive 23-0 beatdown of the Wildcats in the first half of the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl. They are looking like the class of the Big 12 North and a potential contender for their first Big 12 title since 1999 if they can continue growth from this team's first half.
The Blackshirts have been all over the field in an impressive performance, keeping Arizona within its own 41-yard line on every snap in the first half.
The Wildcats had 23 snaps and produced only 33 yards, including 10 passing yards in a miserable offensive performance that had Arizona coach Mike Stoops shaking his head at the end of the first half.
The Wildcats had seven drives in the first half with five punts, one first down and five three-and-out possessions.
Arizona offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes better hope the powers that be at Texas Tech aren't watching this game after their early tumult Wednesday. Because his team's struggles aren't exactly the best calling card to replace Mike Leach.
Shawn Watson's beleaguered offensive attack was a marked change from Nebraska's struggles against Texas in the Big 12 title game. The Cornhuskers produced 106 yards in that game, but rolled up 202 yards in the first half and notched an 11-1 edge in first downs against Arizona.
It was the best performance by the Cornhuskers under Bo Pelini in his first two seasons as a head coach.