Year in Review: Texas Tech

Overall Record: 7-6

Conference Record: 4-5

Best Win

The Arkansas game was a reckoning of sorts for Tech. In 2014 the Razorbacks walked in to Lubbock and stole Tech’s lunch money, made out with Tech’s girl, and told the Red Raiders that their mom’s cooking sucked. In 2015, Fayetteville, the Red Raiders used a balanced attack to beat Arkansas and move to 3-0. The next week TCU tipped a pass and then caught it and ruined everyone’s fun, but forget about that, it was a fun to watch Bielema take it in his own place. Savor the flavor.

Worst Loss

Their are six to choose from but we’ll go with Baylor in Dallas. In the Big 12 you’re chasing Baylor, TCU, and OU. Tech gave a decent account of itself against the former two, but Baylor boat raced the Raiders on a neutral site. Why Tech plays anyone at a neutral site and doesn’t invite them to Lubbock every other year is beyond me.

Offensive MVP

 MVP Patrick Mahomes

MVP Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes is a transcendent, once in a generation player at Tech. He’s Graham Harrell with a magicians grip on the pocket. He can escape, run for his life and drop Dilfer dimes. If he’d ditch the flexing after touchdowns he’d be the perfect Big 12 quarterback. Oh well, even super models get spinach in their teeth.

 

Defensive MVP

Oh boy, tough one here. Micah Awe recorded 39 more tackles than any other Red Raider. 32 more solo tackles than anyone else. Awe was second on the team in tackles for loss, forced a fumble, and broke up a couple of passes. He was, shall we say, active. Good thing because Tech’s defense was terrible. Cottonelle soft.

What Worked

Once again Tech’s offense was the story in 2015. The Red Raiders put up 45 points a game, just three behind Baylor’s self reported “top offense in the country.” Tech’s passing offense was the best in the Big 12 which means it was probably one of the best if not the best in the country. The Red Raiders amassed over 5,000 yards passing. Tech’s running game wasn’t bad either, a nice compliment to the arial assault.

What has to change?

 David Gibbs

David Gibbs

Texas Tech brought in David Gibbs, the fourth defensive coordinator in four years. His defense is still a work in progress and to be honest with Tech’s style of offense, the Red Raiders are never going to be top 20 but they can and have to be better. Only Kansas was worse in the Big 12 in total defense. According to NCAA rules, due to hiring Charlie Weiss, Kansas is banned from playing defense until 2017. That has to change.

Gibbs made whole sale changes to his staff after last season, bringing in more of his guys. He’ll need some more of his guys on the field as well. Opponents converted almost 50% of 3rd downs last season on Gibbs’ defense and Tech was DFL in sacks, over 50 behind second worst Kansas.

Date Opponent Location Time / Result
9/5/15 vs. Sam Houston State Lubbock, Texas W, 59-45
9/12/15 vs. UTEP Lubbock, Texas W, 69-20
9/19/15 at Arkansas Fayetteville, Ark. W, 35-24
9/26/15 vs. TCU Lubbock, Texas L, 55-52
10/3/15 vs. Baylor Arlington, Texas L, 63-35
10/10/15 vs. Iowa State Lubbock, Texas W, 66-31
10/17/15 at Kansas Lawrence, Kan. W, 30-20
10/24/15 at Oklahoma Norman, Okla. L, 63-27
10/31/15 vs. Oklahoma State Lubbock, Texas L, 70-53
11/7/15 at West Virginia Morgantown, W.V. L, 31-26
11/14/15 vs. Kansas State Lubbock, Texas W, 59-44
11/26/15 at Texas Austin, Texas W, 48-45
12/29/15 vs. LSU Advocare V100 Texas Bowl L, 56-27