Last week Texas Tech blew a 14 point, 4th quarter lead to West Virginia - at home. It what was quite possibly their best offensive showing of the season and they will look to keep that momentum this week against the upstart Jayhawks lead by the #28 pass defense (207.8 yards per game).
The Texas Tech offense is trending up in recent weeks behind increasing solid play form sophomore QB Davis Webb. The QB’s yards per pass average has increased from about 5.5 to 7.2 over the last few weeks. Tech throws the ball on 64% of their snaps (2nd in FBS) but on the season only completes 59% of their passes (68th). On the other hand Tech rushed the ball at a clip of 5.1 yards per carry good for 21st (FBS).
Last year’s leading rusher was moved to defense this season (and moved back last week) and paved the way for junior back Deandre Washington who has 104 plays from scrimmage and is averaging 5.1 yards per carry. Leading receiver (and kick returner) Jakeem Grant leads an inexperienced receiving corps 557 yards and 5 TD’s, keep an eye on the speedster as ideally they would like to target him 10+ times.
Texas Tech has arguably the worst defense in the Big 12 and gives up 6.1 yards per pass (95th) and 5.2 yards per rush (106th). The defense is very young, featuring four true freshmen in the secondary including two starters. The linebacker corps leads the defense with junior Pete Robertson and senior Sam Equavoen leading the team in tackles. The Red Raiders defense has caused 11 fumbles on the season with only four recoveries. They have a Big 12 basement dwelling 6 takeaways on the season (the Jayhawks have doubled that with 12).
Texas Tech is 14-1 versus Kansas all time but this weekend KU begins to cut into the series lead with a 17-14 victory, spoiling homecoming.