Last Saturday was one to remember for the Red Raider faithful. Three players identified themselves as stars on the offensive side of the ball and I’m excited to see how these guys play for the rest of the season. Of course, I’m talking about Alan Bowman, Antoine Wesley, and Ta’zhawn Henry. Alan Bowman looked like a fifth-year senior on Saturday. He broke Patrick Mahomes’s freshman Big 12 passing record in a single game by putting up 605 passing yards. Not to mention the 5 TDs and only 16 incompletions on 59 passes. On top of that Bowman has not had a single turnover this season. This kid does not look like a true freshman and it’s time to be excited about this offense.
The Red Raiders also found themselves with breakout performances from Antoine Wesley who put up a Texas Tech single game receiving record with 261 yards on 13 receptions. With Wesley’s coming out party Texas Tech will have two big bodied vertical threats with TJ Vasher standing at 6’6” and Antoine Wesley at 6’5”. These two are bound to cause some problems for opposing Big 12 secondaries and I’m thrilled to see what they do.
I cannot forget to mention another standout true freshman in Ta’zhawn Henry. After a 4 TD day, it looks like Kliff and company have a difficult decision to make because there are 3 running backs that have starting potential. Tre King and Da’Leon Ward have been fantastic when healthy, but Henry may have stolen the show after last weekend. With the offense rushing the ball more we could see all three of these backs get significant touches in the coming weeks.
As an underdog according to many betting lines, Texas Tech showed out offensively and it was fun to watch. Even after a stellar offensive output I saw many Red Raider fans saying, “hit the brakes” because it was “only one game”. I disagree. This was a big game for confidence and momentum heading into the Big 12 schedule. Fans should be excited about what this season may bring. After all, what’s the point of being a fan if you don’t celebrate the highs of your team? We witnessed two record breaking performances against Houston and it was one for Texas Tech history books. I would like to challenge Red Raider fans everywhere to enjoy the success of this football team a little bit more.
Wake up early this Saturday, put your scarlet and black on, and cheer on your team for a prime time kickoff in Stillwater! Wreck Oklahoma State!