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NCAA 14: Running game dominates the game against Houston

Both Jett Duffey and Da’Leon Ward rushed for over 100 yards as the Red Raiders defeated the simulated Houston Cougars.

NCAA Football: Lamar at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

DISCLAIMER: Before we start, I want to let everyone know that this will not necessarily be following how the team operates this season. The players on our team will be the same, but due to the game losing a bit of popularity over the last couple of years, I could not find downloadable rosters for a good number of teams. Hope you all enjoy! Also, I attempted to replicate the jerseys that would be on the field this weekend against Houston. Since the University of Houston did not announce their decision to not allow us to have our whiteout game as planned until after I recorded this game, the uniforms will not be accurate.

Welcome again to another NCAA 14 game! This week, we played the Houston Cougars and performed well. Jett Duffey really took over the quarterback role in this game and has proven to me (and hopefully all of you) that he is the guy back there. His passing stats were not that impressive this week as he did throw one interception, but he backed that up with over 200 yards of passing, two passing touchdowns, and over 100 yards of rushing as well. Duffey is truly turning into the typical dual threat guy that this offense needs to get the wheels turning. It really showed in this game as Da’Leon Ward led the way with 115 yards of rushing in this game. He never really had that huge breakaway play that is common among most leading backs, but he gashed the Houston defense for gains of between 10-20 yards consistently.

The defense played well in this game as well, as they allowed less points in this game than the game before against Ole Miss. The one bad thing that stood out is that Houston’s dual threat quarterback was able to gain over 100 yards of rushing on the ground, but the good thing with that is their running back didn’t. Houston ran a ton of read option against us and later in the game the defense started catching on more. The defensive end would usually crash down on these option plays, as I saw that allowing a quarterback to get out in the open would be less dangerous than letting their star running back get out in the open.

Stat Leaders for Texas Tech:

Passing:

Jett Duffey: 22-30, 210 yards, 2 Touchdowns, 1 Interception, Passer Rating: 147.3

Rushing:

Da’Leon Ward: 20 Rushes, 125 Yards, 3 Touchdowns

Jett Duffey: 16 Rushes, 101 yards

Receiving:

Seth Collins: 8 Catches, 72 Yards

T.J. Vasher: 6 Catches, 73 Yards, 1 Touchdown

Ja’Deion High: 5 Catches, 43 Yards 1 Touchdown

Defensive:

Justus Parker: 11 solo tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack

Dakota Allen: 10 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack

Vaughnte Dorsey: 8 tackles, 1 pass deflection