The result was what I expected and what you expected. The game wasn't close, the offense put up 75 points and the defense only gave up 7. Granted, NW St. is a I-AA school, but Texas Tech gave up only 118 yards to the Northwestern State Demons. It's a start and I'm happy for the defensive unit. They needed a rebound game and it looks like they got one.
I start my reviews once the official stats are up, but my reviews will be based on statistics or numbers. If you can provide a first hand account, that will be outstanding, submit a diary and let us know who looked good, who stood out, etc. You'll not only be doing me a tremendous favor, but you'll be doing the entire Red Raider Nation who didn't get to see the game a favor as well.
One more thing. The Big 12 South Division is up for grabs. It is there for the taking and there's no reason why Texas Tech cannot lay claim to the South Division - this year. UT, OU and A&M are all talented, but flawed teams. I thought OU was going to be the dominating team, not any more. This may be the most interesting conference race for years and I can't wait.
Texas Tech Football:
LAJ's Don Williams' game review article focuses on the defense's performance. Coach Mike Leach on the defense's performance:
It's good to see that Coach Leach believes that the defensive unit played with some emotion. Here's Coach McNeill on the way this team played:
That's what we all want to here. Aggression, swarming defense that creates turnovers. That's all we've ever asked.
Don also had this note on the incredible, Michael Crabtree, who had 8 catches for 145 yards and 3 touchdowns yesterday:
For the season, Crabtree has 60 receptions for 920 yards to go with the 14 TDs. The major-college records are held by Houston's Manny Hazard (142 catches in 1989), Nevada's Trevor Insley (2,060 yards in 1999) and Louisiana Tech's Troy Edwards (27 touchdowns in 1998).
"Honestly I thought that first drive ... it resulted in a score but it wasn't very well executed. We kind of slopped our way and made things happen on key downs and ended up with the score. But it wasn't really our best foot forward."
In Don's Tech Football Notes there's a couple of interesting tidbits from yesterday's game. First, Brian Duncan did get his first start yesterday for Kellen Tillman, who did not play yesterday due to a disciplinary action. I don't know about you, but it seems like an asinine move to get in some sort of disciplinary action when there's a new defensive coordinator, looking to shake things up. Also of note, Shawn Byrnes sat out yesterday's game and that's probably a good move on his part. Finally, Joe Garcia sat out yesterday's game with Anthony Hines starting in his place.
Don also notes that both Detron Lewis and Bront Bird burned their redshirt.
There are other game notes as well, go read the whole thing.
DMN's Brandon George's game review also focuses on the play of the defense and Michael Crabtree. Most interesting thing to note was that starting right guard, Brandon Carter was on crutches and his left leg was in a brace after the game. That would be horrible news for Texas Tech.
FWST's Dwain Price's game review has an amusing quote from Coach McNeill on last week's events:
"And if I turned around, those guys looked really mean behind that mask and were throwing those swords at me."
Ninjas and alligators. That's just awesome.