I’ve heard a number of people comment that they thought
In the end, it was probably worthwhile to move the game up in the schedule. While I would have like to have the offense more in sync and a full compliment at DE, I am not sure that the outcome would have changed. Tech showed up, proved that they have not fallen off the map performance-wise since last season, and playing stiff competition gave us the opportunity to really see the areas in which we need to improve. Join me after the jump for a more detailed look.
I’ve re-watched the first half of the game. I don’t know about you, but I have trouble focusing on everything at once in live action. With the DVR, I can watch the same play multiple times and take a look at what each unit is doing. This has really opened my eyes to what was actually happening on the field versus what I thought was happening. It is time consuming, so I don’t know if I’ll be doing it every week, but worth while especially for this game. I focused on the first half because I thought it typified what we did well defensively before being exhausted from being down 3 players, and on offense, we struggled to produce.
Last week, I laid out what I thought were the keys to the game for Tech. Let’s take a look at how well Tech did in each of these areas.
Key #1 O-line blocking – This is still a big area of concern for me, but after re-watching the game, I have come to the conclusion that it was not as bad as I thought on Saturday. With only a couple of exceptions (most notably the hit by Kindle in the 4th quarter)
Where Texas Tech’s blocking fell short was any time
The next key for the O-line was opening up running lanes for our backs. We had a couple of good runs on draw plays, but many more where the back was met in the hole by a Texas LB. Particularly disconcerting was a run into a 3 man defensive front that only picked up 1.5 yards. We even pulled a guard (Carter) on a couple of plays, but the lead block did not help because penetration through the rest of the line got to the RB before our pulling guard could find someone to block. -6 yards rushing is pitiful, though huge chunks were lost on only a couple of plays. Props to the receivers for good down field blocking.
I couldn’t have been more impressed overall with our defense. Early season games tend to favor the defense, IMO, because the offenses typically are still working out the kinks. In general, we didn’t give
Key # 1 Don’t give up the big play – Obviously, there was the punt return by Shipley, but I don’t blame that solely on the special teams. We were punting from the back of our own end zone because of a false start, a ball that Potts had to throw away because Muckelroy was in his face, and a near interception where Lewis failed to look up with the blitz coming. We had to get the punt off quickly. This was a setup for failure no matter how you look at it because UT was going to get a short field. Maybe that rugby punt could have come in handy here.
Our coverage was not as good on special teams as I anticipated.
Overall, I think we executed well on 3.5 of the 8 listed (we got half of the blocking right). I’ll build on these later this week as we look at the keys for the game for U of H.