Oklahoma (2-1, 0-1) at Texas Tech (4-0, 1-0)
Saturday, October 6th
2:30 pm (CST)
Television: ABC/ESPN 2
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Texas Tech Basics
After playing an incredibly soft non-conference schedule the Red Raiders improved to 4-0 on the season by picking up a road win in their first conference game of the season, Texas Tech beat Iowa State 24-13 in Ames. The win was enough to move Tech into the Top 25 in the Coaches Poll for the first time this season.
At 43.8 points per game, the Red Raiders are fifth in the Big XII in scoring. They are fourth in the Big XII in passing (358.8 yards per game) and fourth in rushing as well (188.3 yards per game).
There's been a lot made recently of the Red Raider defense and you really can't argue with what the stats say. Texas Tech is behind only TCU in points allowed per game at 10.8. Against the rush they are second the conference (85.5 yards per game) and against the pass they are leading the Big XII (82 yards per game.)
Red Raiders Football Schedule
Coaches And Players
Head Coach: Tommy Tuberville (3rd season, 16-12)
Offensive Coordinator: Neal Brown (3rd season)
Defensive Coordinator: Art Kaufman (1st season)
Leading Rusher: Kenny Williams - 49 carries, 324 yards (6.6 YPC), 1 TD
Leading Receiver: Eric Ward - 17 receptions, 238 yards (14 YPC), 4 TDs
Leading Passer: Seth Doege - 105/147/1,189, 15 TDs, 3 INTs
Leading Tackler: Cody Davis - 23 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 2 INTs
Oklahoma fans may be a bit uneasy that the 2012 Texas Tech offense is basically the same personnel that abused the Sooner defense in Norman last season. Ranking fourth in the conference in both rushing and passing shows that they are evolving into a more balanced attack. However, when its crunch time you can look for this offense to go back to what they know and air it out. Doege has only been sacked three times this season (all three by Iowa State last weekend) and he has five receivers, with 10 plus catches, averaging better than ten yards per reception. Kenny Williams and Eric Stephens are averaging 6.6 and 6.5 yards per carry respectively. Through the first four games of the season, this hasn't been an offense that was limited in either the rush or the pass.
The Red Raiders are averaging a little more than two sacks per game and are successful in forcing turnovers as well. Through four games they have snagged five interceptions and recovered a fumble. Defensive end Kerry Hyder leads the team with three sacks and five tackles for loss. If there's a silver lining in facing the Tech defense it is in the fact that they have yet to be challenged by a multidimensional offense.
Ryan Bustin is 6-for-8 on the season with both of his misses coming from beyond 40 yards. Punter Ryan Erxleben is averaging 43 yards per kick. SaDale Foster is averaging 29.2 yards per kickoff return and Austin Zouzalik is averaging 10.4 yards per punt return. The Red Raiders have given up a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown this season.