For those that have watched Texas Tech football for the past several years, you know how frustrating watching the defense has been. Saturday felt different, with an effort from the defensive line we haven’t seen in a while, with a collection of talent that the group hasn’t had in a long time. Pipkins, Hill, Fehoko, Barnes and Moore are all going to have great years. The linebacking corps, especially true freshman Jordan Brooks, played well, and the secondary played better than they have in a while.
I’ve heard a lot of, “well, it’s just SFA.” I agree, but don’t forget what we gave up last year against Sam Houston to start the season (and stop with the comparing Sam Houston to SFA): 45 points, 637 yards, 317 rushing yards, and 34 first downs. Compare that to Saturday’s stats against SFA: 17 points, 370 yards, 58 rushing yards, and 24 first downs.
That looks like improvement to me. Here’s what Kliff, Patrick and Ondre had to say:
Kliff thought the defense played well, but was not happy with the offense. Said they played too loose, which was opposite of what they’ve been showing in practice. Said there was too much “streetball” being played, and was not happy at all with the second string offense. I’m okay with all of this, because there is no doubt Kliff can clean up the offense. Plus, if that was bad offense, I can’t wait to see great offense.
One thing to note is that the Holiday Bowl matchup against Arizona State a few years ago won’t benefit either team preparing for this upcoming week according to Kliff.
Patrick Mahomes and Ondre Pipkins
Patrick also noted that he has a lot to clean up. He thought he played well, but acknowledged he has a lot to clean up. He also talks about going to the open receiver and not having a go-to receiver.
Seriously, Ondre could run for mayor of Lubbock right now and probably win. The way he described playing in the Jones for the first time was awesome. He has a great energy about him and is huge for this defense. Watch his interview; it’s hard not to get excited about the defensive unit when he speaks.
National Media Links to Check Out:
The ESPN Big 12 crew hands out week 1 helmet stickers, and not surprisingly, Patrick Mahomes gets one
David Ubben of Sports Spotlight has his merit-based power rankings and has Texas Tech second in the Big XII, behind only the Longhorns