What a painful game to watch. Texas Tech did not score a single point in the first 29 minutes of the game, and through one half of football neither team had more than 100 yards. The second half featured a couple explosive plays that led to touchdowns, but still the overarching theme was Tech’s complete inability to move the football offensively. Let’s look at why it happened:
It was a tough day for Henry Colombi on Saturday, even if the stats were not atrocious. He took five sacks, averaged 3.4 yards per attempt outside of two long passes, and struggled to hit passes in the intermediate part of the field. Probably the only true positive for Colombi was his two long touchdown passes, however as a whole his downfield passing was not good enough to warrant more praise.
According to reports, Colombi will share snaps with Alan Bowman against Baylor. I am pretty neutral on this subject, but the lack of decisiveness in the quarterback unit is concerning.
Running Backs: B-
Tech’s running backs were fairly anonymous in this game, although Xavier White did put up the highest amount of receiving yards all season for a Tech running back... with 35 yards on five catches. White also had the highest PFF grade among offensive players, led the team in rushing with 43 yards on six carries, and played 31 snaps, which was his highest total since the Kansas State. SaRodorick Thompson only had seven touches, and was still ailing from a rib injury he’s dealt with throughout the season. Chadarius Townsend only got one rushing attempt, but had a couple poor plays in the passing game in his only series. Ultimately, this unit had a couple bright spots, but still failed to have much production running the football.
Wide Receivers: B-
It was pretty hard to grade the receivers in this one. On one hand, Erik Ezukanma and Ja’Lynn Polk were the only source of scoring in this game, and both did so by winning one-on-one matchups downfield. On the other hand, Tech’s receivers only had 60 yards after the catch and generally struggled to get their normal separation on underneath routes. KeSean Carter still looks pretty banged up. T.J. Vasher seemed slightly out of synch, although he did draw a critical PI on the infamous 2nd down field goal drive. Beyond that, Myles Price and Travis Koontz made minor impacts, but neither were as productive as they were in the previous two games. This was not a bad game per say, but we have seen the unit play much better.
Offensive Line: F
Where do I even start?
The run blocking was not good by any means. Tech averaged only four Not a single run went for more than 20 yards, and over 60% of the non-sack yardage running the football came after first contact, which suggests the line was generally not responsible for much of the limited success that Tech had.
Somehow, the pass blocking was even worse. Tech allowed 20 pressures in 58 pass blocking situations. That’s an absurd amount, even considering the fact that Colombi was blamed for six of them. The offensive line has continued to regress, specifically at the tackle spots. Carde, Burger, and Rodgers all had rough games, and even the interior line struggled with the talented defensive line of TCU.
If Tech wants to have any offensive success under either Bowman or Colombi, there has to be some improvement with pass protection. That starts along the offensive line. Regardless of the quarterback, the success of this offense will go only as far as the offensive line i’s production/