Texas Tech Monday Morning Notes -

Double-T Nation News:

I'm still working on getting back to normal. I've still got to watch the last half of the 3rd and all of the 4th quarter again.

As some of you know I was in attendance for this game, but we had a few snafus. First, there were no problems driving into Lubbock. Good times.

We go to park our car and, again, no problems. We have the tickets, a couple of brews, life is good. We're cutting time pretty short, we were running a tad late, so we see a couple of friends, hang out for about 10 minutes and we decide to head into the game when my brother-in-law realizes he can't find the tickets.

Crap.

He goes back to the car to see if he left them there and another friend and I start to find 4 tickets out side of the gate. Brother-in-law comes back empty handed. We end up buying tickets for $20 and we've missed the entire first quarter.

And just in case anyone is wondering, we had a designated driver who didn't drink a lick.

Texas Tech Football:

LAJ's Don Williams says that it wasn't pretty, but it was a win. Here's Captain leach on Saturday's game:

"I thought we played against a really good team who did some really good things," Tech coach Mike Leach said. "I thought we had a really good week of preparation. Now, did we miss some opportunities and should some things have been different? Absolutely.

"But the thing about it is, we’ve just got to pinpoint some little things. There isn’t anybody not trying. We’ve got everybody motivated. We’ve got everybody focused. We’ve got everybody trying hard. We’ve got to get rid of the temptation to try to do a little too much."

I think Leach is telling the truth here.

I think that the offense and the defense executed EXACTLY according to their game plan.

When he says that we've got everybody focused, I believe it.  The players did exactly what the coaching staff wanted. Play off the ball, don't let the defense beat you deep and play it safe.

Although I'll probably get into this more this week, it's no coincidence that the current and the past defensive coordinator have had a "bend, but don't break" philosophy. I know that some are calling for McNeill to be more aggressive, but these are the same complaints we had with Setencich and the one constant is the Captain.

As further evidence, let's look at what Captain Leach said to DT's Alex Ybarra with his Nebraska vs. Texas Tech recap:

He credited Nebraska for executing a popular gameplan against Tech: playing keep away from one of the most prolific offenses in the country.

"A lot of people say they're gonna do that, or plan to do that or want to do that," he said, "but can't get it done because pretty soon you deal yourselves out of drives and opportunities."

He believes that most offenses will sputter out, so why allow the opposing offenses a quick strike to get ahead? I'll be honest, it's a philosophy that I'm surprised that Captain Leach has embraced, but unless things change, I don't think Leach is going to change his mind. 

With that being said, I don't think it does any good to call for a coordinator or position coach's position because this philosophy comes straight from the top.

I also wanted to note that there was mention that Nebraska had some offensive looks that Texas Tech wasn't familiar with and LB Brian Duncan says that just wasn't the case:

"It was nothing that we didn't see in practice," Tech middle linebacker Brian Duncan said of the defensive struggles. "It was just guys on the defense trying to make too many plays, trying to be a hero."

Big 12 Happenings:

  • BON's Big 12 Football Report, volume 1.7:
    In one of the most bizarre statistical games in recent memory, Texas Tech utterly blitzkrieged the Nebraska defense when they had the ball, but the Red Raiders defense simply could not get the Cornhuskers off the field. Nebraska ran 80 plays to Tech's 48, possessing the football for an astounding 40:12 to TTU's 19:48. And so it was that a regulation period featuring 3 punts and 0 turnovers wound up a box score oddity, with Nebraska scoring on each of its final three drives to get the game to overtime, which Tech sealed on an interception.
  • DMN's Chuck Carlton ranks the Big 12 teams and Texas Tech checks in at #3:
    The Aggies host No. 7 Texas Tech, which has given them fits since that Zach Thomas interception for a TD in 1995. A&M has allowed 100 points in two Big 12 games. "You just get back to work, see if we can't come up with a way to slow down a Texas Tech football team [that's] maybe as good as anybody playing on Sunday throwing the football right now," defensive coordinator Joe Kines said.
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