Post-Mortem: 2013 Texas Tech Red Raiders

 There's a fair amount of cool in Lubbock these days.

There's a fair amount of cool in Lubbock these days.

As the sun set on October 19, the Red Raiders had just beaten West Virginia to get to 7-0. The next week Tech headed to Norman as the number 10 ranked team in the country. A month later, when the Red Raiders walked off the field after losing to Texas, they were 7-5 and in a free fall.

D. Webb226361271820
B. Mayfield218340231512
K. Williams1254974.08
D. Washington1074504.24
J. Amaro106135212.87
E. Ward8394711.48

What happened? Let's try and figure it out.

Let's just summarize 7-0 and 0-5 the easy way, the competition got a lot better. Through 7 games Tech's best win was against a 4 win TCU team. The Red Raiders schedule was seriously back loaded. Things got ugly.

Fear not residents of Raiderland, Coach Kliff got his team ready for the Holiday Bowl and his squad went out and beat Pac 12 runner up Arizona State, arguably the biggest upset of the bowl season. It's hard to know how to feel about 2013, 8 wins is nothing to sneeze at but then it could have been so much more.

2013 Texas Tech Red Raiders Football Schedule

Final Record: 8-5, 4-5 (Big 12)
Date   Opponent Results
Aug. 30
Mustangs at SMU Mustangs
Gerald J. Ford Stadium
Won 41-23
Sept. 7
Jacks Stephen F. Austin Jacks
Jones AT&T Stadium
Won 61-13
Sept. 12
Horned Frogs TCU Horned Frogs
Jones AT&T Stadium
Won 20-10
Sept. 21
Bobcats Texas State Bobcats
Jones AT&T Stadium
Won 33-7
Sept. 28
--- Open Date
Oct. 5
Jayhawks at Kansas Jayhawks
Memorial Stadium
Won 54-16
Oct. 12
Cyclones Iowa State Cyclones (HC)
Jones AT&T Stadium
Won 42-35
Oct. 19
Mountaineers at West Virginia Mountaineers
Mountaineer Field
Won 37-27
Oct. 26
Sooners at Oklahoma Sooners
Gaylord Family OK Mem. Stadium
Lost 38-30
Nov. 2
Cowboys Oklahoma State Cowboys
Jones AT&T Stadium
Lost 52-34
Nov. 9
Wildcats Kansas State Wildcats
Jones AT&T Stadium
Lost 49-26
Nov. 16
Bears Baylor Bears
AT&T Stadium
Lost 63-34
Nov. 23
--- Open Date
Nov. 28
Longhorns at Texas Longhorns
Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium
Lost 41-16
Dec. 7
--- Open Date
2013 National University Holiday Bowl
Dec. 30
Sun Devils Arizona State Sun Devils
Qualcomm Stadium
Won 37-23

What went right...

There's momentum for 2014.

 Davis Webb showed out in the Holiday Bowl.

Davis Webb showed out in the Holiday Bowl.

The Bud isn't big on overselling bowl wins. After what is typically a 4-6 week layoff, a bowl game isn't the most ideal litmus test. We'll make an exception in Tech's situation. Every coach in America will tell you that a bowl game isn't about the trip to sunny San Diego, the real benefit is the 15 extra practices you get. Kingsbury used that time remarkably well and after beating the Sun Devils the taste in Tech's mouth is quite a bit better heading into the Spring.

They system works baby.

Kliff's system worked at U of H with Case Keenum; it worked at A&M with Johnny Football; the system worked at Tech with a conglomeration of an injured incumbent and two true freshman. One of those true freshman happened to be a walk-on.

The energy is contagious.

Kingsbury and his staff have some juice around the country. Even if it's overplayed Kliff is portrayed as the ultra cool, hipster head coach. It has to resonate with recruits. Just the break Tech needed after Tubberville, you know, was the exact opposite.

What went wrong...

Beware the November swoon.

Tech's defense allowed 51 points per game in November. Yeah, you're not gonna win many allowing half a hundred. Actually Tech's defensive points per game was trending up from September. In wins the Red Raiders allowed 19 points a game. In losses they gave up 41. The hypothesis is simple: Tech didn't play well against good teams. Well, until Arizona State.

When you have two quarterback you don't have one.

 Try-hard guy.

Try-hard guy.

Baker Mayfield was a try hard guy, gritty and gutty, but he was limited. His departure isn't a death blow to Tech's 2014 season. Davis Webb may have come into his own in the bowl game. He has the arm to stretch defenses, something Tech desperately needed down the stretch. By the way Coach Kliff's quick trigger may not have helped either of the young guys.

Help Wanted.

The real challenge for anyone in Lubbock is getting players to come to Lubbock or set up a system to maximize the players you have. Leach was a genius at the latter. Tubbs walked out on a recruiting steak dinner, so screw that guy. May you live in Cincinnati for all-time Tubbs. Coach Kliff is hoping to be a Leach-like genius with the ability to attract a better brand of player.

School, Hometown
Video HT/ WT/ 40 Commit DateSigned LOI? Commit School
OG NR NR LaDarius Kidd
(Harrison Central HS)
Gulfport, MS
6-4/315 01/23/2014
Texas Tech
DE JC Brandon Thorpe
Highland, KS
6-5/275 01/18/2014
Texas Tech
DT JC Rika Levi
(College of San Mateo)
San Mateo, CA
6-3/350 01/16/2014
Texas Tech
CB 58 Nigel Bethel
(Booker T. Washington HS)
Miami, FL
5-9/165 01/09/2014
Texas Tech
S 18 Payton Hendrix
(Bishop Dunne HS)
Dallas, TX
6-2/190 12/26/2013
Texas Tech
OG JC Dontae Levingston
(Santa Monica)
Santa Monica, CA
6-5/300 12/18/2013
Texas Tech
WR JC Devin Lauderdale
Corsicana, TX
5-11/175 12/18/2013
Texas Tech
DT JC Marcus Smith
Highland, KS
6-3/300 12/15/2013
Texas Tech
S JC Josh Keys
(Mississippi Gulf Coast)
Perkinston, MS
6-2/185 12/15/2013
Texas Tech
CB JC Jamarcus Howard
Coffeyville, KS
5-11/190 11/02/2013
Texas Tech
DT JC Keland McElrath
(Coahoma CC)
Clarksdale, MS
6-5/290 09/23/2013
Texas Tech
S 91 Connor Wilson
(Argyle HS)
Argyle, TX
6-0/200 09/17/2013
Texas Tech
MLB 30 Dakota Allen
(Summer Creek HS)
Houston, TX
6-2/227 08/17/2013
Texas Tech
CB 42 Jahshawn Johnson
(Ennis HS)
Ennis, TX
5-10/170 08/12/2013
Texas Tech
S 127 Joseph Clark
(Chapel Hill HS)
Tyler, TX
5-9/175 07/27/2013
Texas Tech
S 95 Derrick Dixon
(Skyline HS)
Dallas, TX
5-9/185 06/19/2013
Texas Tech
OG 54 Robert Castaneda
(Round Rock HS)
Round Rock, TX
6-4/300 06/15/2013
Texas Tech
OT 66 Justin Murphy
(Belton HS)
Belton, TX
6-8/275 06/10/2013
Texas Tech
WR 110 Byron Daniels
(Madison HS)
San Antonio, TX
6-1/168 05/07/2013
Texas Tech
WR NR Tevin Madison
(Fayette County HS)
Fayette, AL
5-10/160/4.59 04/21/2013
Texas Tech
WR 202 Cameron Batson
(Millwood HS)
Oklahoma City, OK
5-8/170/4.40 04/20/2013
Texas Tech
QB 20 Patrick Mahomes
(Whitehouse HS)
Whitehouse, TX
6-2/200 04/20/2013
Texas Tech
WR 46 Ian Sadler
(Argyle HS)
Argyle, TX
5-11/185 04/20/2013
Texas Tech
RB 120 Demarcus Felton
(Andy Dekaney HS)
Houston, TX
5-7/160 04/17/2013
Texas Tech
OG 83 Deionte Noel
(Steele HS)
Cibolo, TX
6-3.5/300 04/16/2013
Texas Tech
RB 32 Justin Stockton
(Steele HS)
Cibolo, TX
5-10/165 01/18/2013
Texas Tech
WR 96 Jakari Dillard
(Princeton HS)
Princeton, TX
6-4/180 08/09/2012
Texas Tech

A word of caution Kliff, over Junior Collegeing is a dangerous habbit. It's kind of like smoking a little meth, before you know it you've aged 10 years and your teeth have gone elsewhere. That being said, Tech needs defensive help right now. The JC guys could be that help.

 Super dual threat QB Patrick Mahomes.

Super dual threat QB Patrick Mahomes.

The Bud love Patrick Mahomes. He's a legit dual threat guy who put up PS3 numbers at Whitehouse.

Safeties Payton Hendrix and Ian Sadler may be able to step on the field right off the bat.

Kingsbury is accumulating assets on offense, guys who can get the ball in space and make plays.

Outlook 2014...

Tech gets Central Arkansas at home, then a trip to El Paso, and ends up non-conference with a visit from Arkansas. No reason the Red Raiders can't be 3-0 heading into conference play.

Tech gets UT and OU at home this year. They might able to poach wins off both.

So who will be the trigger man for Tech's offense? Mayfield and Brewer have both transferred leaving Davis Webb as the only returning quarterback. After his Holiday bowl this might be the start of something special.

Posted on January 25, 2014 and filed under Southwest Round-Up, Sports.