82 points. TCU put up 82 points on Texas Tech. How in the world does that happen? TCU basically played mistake-free football and we couldn't catch a break. The Red Raiders hung around for most of the 1st half, it was only 24-17 heading into the 2nd quarter. Halftime rolled around and it still wasn't that bad, 37-20, but then everything went wrong. Webb hurt his leg and was replaced by Mahomes, and TCU went on to have a 45 point second half. TCU hadn't beaten Tech since 2006 and was one of the schools TCU hadn't beat since joining the Big 12. This year we will for sure be looking for a closer football game.
Result: Texas Tech 27 vs TCU 82
TCU 2014 Record: 12-1
Where: Lubbock, TX
Baylor Key Returners: #2 QB Trevone Boykin (3901 passing yards, 33 TDs, 707 rushing yards, 8 TDs) , #22 RB Aaron Green (129 carries, 922 yards, 9 TDs), #9 WR Josh Doctson (65 catches, 1018, 11 TDs), #26 S Derrick Kindred (79 tackles, 4 INT)
Key Matchup: Will Texas Tech be able to limit turnovers?
Trevone Boykin absolutely torched Texas Tech last year, he threw for 433 yards and 7 touchdowns. Boykin also had 28 yards on the ground, but when you throw for over 400 yards and 7 TDs there really isn't any reason to tuck it and run. TCU as a team rushed for 305 yards and 3 TDs. Aaron Green is TCU's returning leading rusher and ran for 105 yards last year on 6 carries, that's an average of 17.5 yards a carry. Along with Green, TCU returns their leading receiver in Josh Doctson. Doctson had over 1000 yards receiving last year along with 11 touchdowns, he got 2 of those TDs against Tech last year in the blowout. It's pretty easy to say that TCU has a potent offense. The Horned Frogs tied for 6th in total offense last year and averaged 46.5 points a game. Gibbs will have his hands full when Tech's Big 12 opener roles around. Hopefully he will be able to find a way to slow down the attack, if not then we might be in for a long day.
Texas Tech hung around for most of the first half. Davis Webb threw for 230 yards in the first quarter and as a result it was 24-17 heading into the 2nd quarter of play. At this point, it was looking like this was going to be a high scoring affair for both teams. Webb then threw an interception and lost two fumbles that resulted in 13 points for TCU before halftime. Patrick Mahomes replaced Webb after a leg injury and couldn't get things going either. Safety Derrick Kindred will be looking to have a stellar senior season. Last year he had 79 total tackles along with 4 interceptions. That was good enough to earn him All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and he starts this season on the Lott Trophy watch list. This season the Red Raiders will need to come out just the way they did last year. They will have to go blow for blow with TCU and keep it up. If Tech starts to stumble and has turnovers while TCU keeps chugging away then it could be a rough game.
Why I worry
Trevone Boykin will likely have a Heisman worthy year. He is the leading force behind TCU's high-scoring offense and I expect them to pick up right where they left off.
Why I don't worry
Last year was a combination of a team playing almost perfect and the other team shooting themselves in the foot. I expect this game to be a lot closer this year and Tech might be able to start Big 12 play with a huge upset.