Getting to Know Texas Tech

Getting to Know Texas Tech

Texas Tech is one win away from bowl eligibility, thanks to a torrid offensive start

About Texas Tech:

  • Under new head coach Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech is 5-0 to begin the season, its best mark since 2008. The Red Raiders for three years in a row have jumped out to a 4-0 start.

  • Michael Brewer, preceded at Lake Travis High School (Austin, Texas) by Garrett Gilbert, was slated to be the Red Raiders' starting quarterback but has been set back by a back injury suffered in the preseason. Fellow Lake Travis product Baker Mayfield, a walk-on, has started every game but hasn't thrown a touchdown the last two. Mayfield has completed 65.7 percent of his passes with an average of 7.4 yards per pass. He was knocked out of the team's 54-16 win over Kansas with a knee injury, replaced by Davis Webb, a freshman who attempted 43 passes against Texas State two weeks ago, completing 19.

    Brewer could be ready to go a whole round this weekend. The sophomore had one rush for minus-six yards last week.

  • The Red Raiders have the No. 13 offense in the country, averaging 519.6 yards per game with 438 plays, also No. 13. They average 42 points per game while giving up 13.8, eighth-best nationally.

  • The Big 12's best tight end plays in Lubbock. Jace Amaro, a junior, has 38 catches for 463 yards and 7.6 receptions a game, leading the team in all categories.

  • Senior wideout Eric Ward, a 12-time scorer in 2012, has two scores and 343 yards.

  • Three new starters were broken in on the offensive line this season. True sophomore Le'Raven Clark started 13 games at right guard as a freshman, earning myriad conference honors, and has played well switching to left tackle.

  • No running back on the roster to be especially fearful of. Kenny Williams is averaging less than three yards a carry, as is Deandre Washington.

  • No truth to the rumor Kerry Hyder is in his ninth year of college football. The defensive lineman, a 33-game starter, leads Tech with 7.5 tackles for loss.

  • Linebacker Will Smith leads the team in total tackles and sacks.

  • Turnovers gained/lost is 11/11.

  • Only four teams in FBS have committed more penalties per game than the Red Raiders (nine), a stat indicative of a young team in the first year under a new staff.

  • Kicker Ryan Bustin is 4-for-5 from 30-39 yards and 1-for-2 from 40-49 yards.

  • Tech is 6-3 against Iowa State since the Big 12 formed, with the 41-7 loss being its only home loss to the Cyclones

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