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Red Raider Gridiron: No New Info on Grant; Texas Tech Relying on the Running Game; Injury Update

Texas Tech has not released any new information on Grant. Texas Tech is relying on the running game more and more, plus an update on all of the injuries from Saturday's game.

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Grant Involved in Possible Stabbing. I've heard about "krunkness" and to make it relatively easy on you, it's apparently a wild arsed party where lots of crazy stuff happens.  I don't know when it first started, but it's been around for at least the last two or three years.  I have no idea who organizes it and I don't think it is the sort of party that gets corporate sponsors, but I could be wrong.  As Travis detailed last night, IR Jakeem Grant was possibly stabbed at this party after the game, spent the night in the hospital and is now doing fine.  We should not be having to type the last part of that sentence. Ever.  The LAJ has further details on the story.  Texas Tech has not commented about the status of Grant as far as playing time.  You think it's fun to be the head coach and be somewhat responsible in some sense about every player?

Relying on the Running Game. LAJ's Don Williams writes that head coach Kliff Kingsbury is starting to trust the running game and RB DeAndre Washington more and more as the season progresses:

The degree to which Kingsbury now trusts Washington showed Saturday when he carried 10 times in the fourth quarter. When Tech took over with 5:43 left and a 34-21 lead, the Red Raiders ran the ball all seven plays in a possession. They put the ball in Washington's hands six of those times and got Kansas to burn its last two timeouts.

If Washington can keep it up - carry 20 times and get 5 yards a pop - defenses will have to think about committing more defenders close to the line of scrimmage. Maybe that'll help out a passing game that hasn't been nearly as potent.

Much Needed Win. LAJ's Nicholas Talbot writes that this was a much needed win for Texas Tech:

The formula was simple: cut down the penalties, stop the run and watch DeAndre Washington work his way down the field.

Washington continued his rise against the Jayhawks. His 164 yards put him at 622 through seven games, good for third in the Big 12. He has slowly turned what was a passing offense into a balanced attack.

And if he keeps it up and Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury relents even more and keeps giving Washington the ball, Texas Tech soon could be a run-first offense.

But, those yards won't come as easily in the final five games.

This was against Kansas.

Heck, the Red Raiders probably should have won by a higher margin, and when it was 17-0, it looked like the Red Raiders were going to blow out the Jayhawks.

It didn't happen.

Other Injuries. I can't wrap my head around all of the injuries prior to Saturday's game and that happened during the game.  We know that S Keenon Ward, DT Demetrius Alston, OL Dominique Robertson, CB Jah'Shawn Johnson, IR Jordan Davis and LB Chris Payne were all out.  Then, during the game, I think we had injuries to IR Bradley Marquez, the aforementioned IR Jakeem Grant, and DE Andre Ross, who walked off near the end of the game.  The LAJ had a notebook where they also noted that LB Sam Eguavoen was injured late and DT Donte Phillips was wearing a sling by the end of the game. Sounds like Texas Tech needs to fire the trainer.

Miscellaneous. Fox Sports' David Ubben has his Big 12 rankings and Texas Tech may have moved up a spot to #8 (woot!) . . . the SAEN with the weekly Dirty Dozen (i.e. state of Texas) rankings as does the DMN . . . the LAJ has a new notebook sort of article from today about the defense, but it doesn't look like any new information . . .