If anyone had said in August that Texas Tech would hold an opponent to less than 30 and lose, most people would have laughed it off. The last time the Red Raiders were held to just 3 points in a game was back in 2006 against another top 20 TCU team.
Here are the grades.
Nic Shimonek played his worse game by far going 17/33 for 137 yards and zero touchdowns. He constantly overthrew open receivers and had a fumble in the fourth quarter which effectively killed any chance of a comeback. We also saw Mclane Carter take snaps in garbage time. Carter went 1/3 for 16 yards against TCU's second team defense. TCU has one of the best Defenses in the country, but this was just unacceptable.
Running backs. D
Tre King was out with an injury (although he did have two carries for four yards) and the running game suffered. Justin Stockton, who rushed for 124 yards on 21 carries, was the one bright spot of the day. Unfortunately, without King, Tech couldn't take advantage of TCU's weakens linebacker corps and no touchdowns on the ground hurts a lot.
This was the worst game for what has been a very consistent unit. Once again Dylan Cantrell was the leading receiver with 55 yards on seven catches. The problem was that none of the other receivers found a way to be productive against a tough TCU secondary. The unit as a whole only recorded 18 total catches, which isn't going to win games anywhere unless your name is Alabama.
Offensive line. F
I've had a love hate relationship with the O-line all season. They have been consistently outmatched in Big 12 play, but I definitely see the potential this group has in years to come. Once again the Offensive line kept the penalties in check, something that young lines tend to struggle with. However, they couldn't keep the TCU front seven off of Shimonek, who rarely had time to even go through his reads. Check back next year and I guarantee we'll have a much different discussion about the Offensive line..