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November 20, 2012Let me think for a second. Yeah, that was about the worst case scenario. Once again, we find ourselves reconciling a blowout loss to a quality opponent. Texas Tech assured they wouldn't have a chance in this game gifting 35 points on three turnovers and two blocked punts. I don't really have a whole lot of words today.
When the line is playing as bad as they were in this game, your playbook becomes extremely condensed. However, when the head coach or offensive coordinator calls a draw play on 3rd and 15 down by 21 points in the second quarter, the wrong message is being sent to the team. The Red Raiders called several run plays facing a numbers deficit, which would seem to undermine the concept of a spread passing offense.
The protection was awful and Seth Doege's athleticism is not at a level where improvisational offense can become a strength. The interception to a defensive tackle was a bad play. Michael Brewer put together a nice touchdown drive against OSU's third team.
As a unit, they had some runs that were better than their blocking and might have been the bright spot on offense. Kenny Williams ended up with a respectable outing of 14 carries for 78 yards.
The group had a couple of key drops, but Darrin Moore showed up well with 9 catches for 140 yards and a touchdown. Tyson Williams and Eric Ward didn't light up the stat sheet, but made some nice plays.
It becomes extremely difficult to grade the remaining offense when things never really get started up front. LaAdrian Waddle got off to a horrible start, which included an injury, that contributed to the early hole. Beau Carpenter really struggled in the first half with movement. Deveric Gallington didn't add much in the run game. Le'Raven Clark and Terry McDaniel continued to be the most consistent, but also suffered some difficulty on a couple plays. I really like what Jared Kaster showed late as a run blocker, but to say this is a day he would like to forget is an understatement. The two blocked punts on his side and errant snap resulted in 21 OSU points. To their credit, the Tech OL was able to put some solid zone blocking plays on film, especially Kaster and Clark, which could be a positive sign for the running game future.
The book on Tech's defense has become frightfully narrow. Off tackle and perimeter run plays mixed with play-action. That is about all they've seen the last five weeks. Nothing really changed about their performance except OSU had a quarterback that could complete a downfield pass. You can largely cut and paste last week's Post-Mortem section. Baylor will bring the same gameplan.
This might as well be called the broken record section. Kerry Hyder and Delvon Simmons continued to scare away run attempts in the middle, while Jackson Richards, Dartwan Bush and Branden Jackson were pounded with outside zone allowing various levels of success. As the Red Raiders got a little fatigued, the Cowboys started poaching Simmons for some nice gainers.
In general, this group has struggled over the last several weeks, but it should also be noted that Sam Eguavoen has also made tremendous strides as a football player this season. Will Smith had a couple nice plays and several bad ones. Blake Dees was extremely quiet and Zach Winbush was good for mixed results.
Bruce Jones didn't have a good day. I'm not sure why they keep going after D.J. Johnson. He doesn't look like a weak spot. Really admired the way Cody Davis kept playing hard and Eugene Neboh didn't seem to do anything noticeably bad.
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