2015 Schedule Sam Houston St 45 Texas Tech 59 UTEP 20 Texas Tech 69 Texas Tech 35 Arkansas 24 TCU 55 Texas Tech 52 Baylor 63 Texas Tech 31 Texas Tech 30 Kansas 20 Texas Tech 27 Oklahoma 63 Oklahoma State 70 Texas Tech 53 Texas Tech 26 West Virginia 31 11/14 vs K-STATE 11/26 at Texas

2015 Schedule
S Houston St 45 Tech 59
UTEP 20 Texas Tech 69
Tx Tech 35 Arkansas 24
TCU 55 Texas Tech 52
Baylor 63 Texas Tech 31
Texas Tech 30 Kansas 20
Tx Tech 27 Oklahoma 63
Ok State 70 Tx Tech 53
Tx Tech 26 W Virginia 31
11/14 vs K-STATE
11/26 at Texas

Texas Tech Red Raiders
5-5 (2-5 Big 12)

AP: NR    Coaches: NR

Location:  Lubbock, Texas
Enrollment:  33,111
Colors:  Scarlet and Black
Stadium:  Jones AT&T Stadium (60,454)
2014 Record:  4-8 (2-7/8th)
Postseason:  None
All time series: Texas Tech leads 7-8
Last meeting:  Texas Tech 13  K-State 45 (10/4/14)
Last K-State loss: K-State 14  Texas Tech 66 (10/10/09)
Twitter: @TechAthletics, @TTU_WreckEm
Website: TexasTech.com

 

 

Awards Sammy Baugh Trophy (2002) 9th in Heisman Trophy voting (2002) Associated Press National Offensive Player of the Year (2002) CoSIDA Academic All-American (2002) NCAA Division I FBS record holder for most plays in a single season Footballscoop.com National Coordinator of the Year (2011, 2012) Only Big 12 Conference coach to begin career with 7 straight wins[2]

AWARDS
Sammy Baugh Trophy (2002)
9th in Heisman Trophy voting (2002)
Associated Press National Offensive Player of the Year (2002)
CoSIDA Academic All-American (2002)
Footballscoop.com National Coordinator of the Year (2011, 2012)
Only Big 12 Conference coach to begin career with 7 straight wins

Head Coach: Kliff Kingsbury

  • Overall Record (Yrs): 17-18 (3rd)
  • Record at School (Yrs): same
  • Record vs. K-State: 0-2
  • Salary: $3.1 million

 

There’s no doubt that Ryan Gosling look-alike Kliff Kingsbury is known for his college career first, his looks 2nd, and his coaching career third. By they way, he had an NFL career, too. He has a Superbowl ring from a season in which he never played a snap.

Under coaches Spike Dykes and Mike Leach he had an impressive career as the Texas Tech QB, finishing 9th in the 2002 Heisman voting and taking home the AP Offensive Player of the Year award.

Following his pro QB career, in which he only recorded stats in a 2005 stint with the Jets before being relegated to lesser leagues, he has been fast tracked through the collegiate coaching ranks. He spent 4 years as an assitant at Houston, including 2 as the offensive coordinator, and then moved up to Texas A&M for one year as OC before being awarded the head coaching job at his alma mater. And it didn’t take much to impress them.

In his first season at Tech he started 7-0 and looked like the next coming of… well, Tech has never had a coach that impressive. But then they got into the meat of their schedule, which this year seems to be a recurring issue for his teams. But that didn’t stop Tech from giving him a raise and an extension that will ensure they continue paying him until 2020.

 

Tech Offense vs K-State Defense

Passing yds/game Rushing yds/game Total Offense yds/game Scoring points/game Time of Possession
Tech Offense 392.0 (4th) 189.10 (45th) 581.1 (4th) 45.2 (5th) 27:20.90 (110th)
KSU Defense 288.4 (119th) 141.88 (37th) 430.3 (94th) 29.1 (84th) 32:53.88 (16th)
 Advantage: tinytech kstate1 tinytech tinytech kstate1

Texas Tech's Jakeem Grant runs for a touchdown during an NCAA college football game against Sam Houston State, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Lubbock, Texas. (Mark Rogers/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal via AP)

Texas Tech’s Jakeem Grant runs for a touchdown during an NCAA college football game against Sam Houston State, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Lubbock, Texas. (Mark Rogers/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal via AP)

The Air Raid Captain

Patrick Mahomes is the latest air raider in Lubbock, and he’s the prototypical one. He’s already thrown for 3,527 yards and 28 TDs. But he can be rattled, too. Get him with some big hits and he’ll start making mistakes. He’s throw 13 INTs this season. He’s a threat to run, too, even if he’d rather stay in the pocket. It helps when you’ve got wide receiver like Jakeem Grant, too. He’s ridiculously fast, and almost impossible to tackle in space.

Run the damn ball?

Texas Tech has one of the best backs in the conference in #21 DeAndre Washington, just don’t expect him to run much. When they do use him, think of him most as New Orleans Saints era Darren Sproles. They’ll look for him in the short yardage pass game to get him his touches.

The Big Plays

K-State has struggled with big plays this season, and Tech knows how to make them happen. They’re #1 in the nation in plays or 50 yards or more. And in case you didn’t think they had any consistency, they’re also #1 in plays of 10 yards or more. They’ve done that 217 times. In comparison, K-State has only gone for over 50 yards on a play once this year, and 10 yards or more 29 times.

Tech Defense vs K-State Offense

Passing yds/game Rushing yds/game Total Defense yds/game Scoring points/game Turnover Margin
Tech Defense 286.7 (117th) 273.60 (126th) 560.3 (127th) 42.2 (123rd) +3 (38th)
KSU Offense 159.1 (115th) 169.88 (72nd) 329.80 (118th) 26.9 (80th) -5 (99th)
 Advantage: kstate1 kstate1 kstate1 kstate1 tinytech

Senior LB Pete Robertson

Senior LB Pete Robertson

Tackling is for losers

As good as Tech’s offensive stats are, you can turn them upside down and see just how bad their defense is. Kingsbury’s strategy is to just focus on offense and outscoring everyone else… which works great until it doesn’t. They’re one of the worst tackling teams you’ve ever seen… and you saw Ron Prince’s defenses.

The Linebackers

The bright spots on this horrible defense are the linebackers, and two in particular. Senior Pete Robertson was a preseason All Big 12 selection and freshman Dakota Allen is making a name for himself as well.

2015 TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS
NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
1 Nigel Bethel DB 5-9 187 SO Miami, FL
1 Quan Shorts WR 6-2 196 FR Humble, TX
2 Reginald Davis WR 6-1 188 JR Tenaha, TX
3 J.J. Gaines DB 6-1 179 SR Irving, TX
4 Breiden Fehoko DL 6-3 287 FR Honolulu, HI
4 Justin Stockton RB 5-10 192 SO Cibolo, TX
5 Patrick Mahomes QB 6-3 219 SO Whitehouse, TX
5 Gary Moore DL 6-5 235 SO Clarksville, TX
6 Devin Lauderdale WR 5-10 176 JR Houston, TX
6 Kris Williams LB 6-1 229 JR Dallas, TX
7 Jah’Shawn Johnson DB 5-10 176 FR Ennis, TX
7 Davis Webb QB 6-5 224 JR Prosper, TX
8 Tony Brown WR 6-1 187 FR La Mirada, CA
8 Jamile Johnson DB 6-1 210 FR Dallas, TX
8 La’Darius Newbold S 6-1 200 JR Lancaster, TX
9 Jonathan Giles WR 5-11 184 FR Missouri City, TX
9 Branden Jackson DL 6-4 272 SR Mckeesport, PA
10 Pete Robertson LB 6-3 239 SR Longview, TX
10 Payne Sullins QB 6-2 180 FR Gatesville, TX
11 Jakeem Grant WR 5-7 168 SR Mesquite, TX
11 Jacarthy Mack LB 6-2 197 SO Lithonia, GA
12 Zach Barnes DL 6-3 229 SO Loganville, GA
12 Ian Sadler WR 5-11 197 SO Argyle, TX
13 Cameron Batson WR 5-9 173 SO Oklahoma City, OK
13 Kolin Hill LB 6-2 235 SO Schertz, TX
14 Dylan Cantrell WR 6-3 212 JR Whitehouse, TX
14 Christian Taylor DB 6-2 201 FR Houston, TX
15 Donta Thompson WR 6-4 203 FR Ennis, TX
15 Keenon Ward DB 5-9 200 JR Snyder, TX
16 Nic Shimonek QB 6-3 210 SO Corsicana, TX
17 Thierry Nguema DB 5-10 170 JR Corona, CA
17 Cameron Waites QB 6-2 215 JR Austin, TX
18 Micah Awe LB 6-1 221 SR Arlington, TX
18 Jakari Dillard WR 6-4 189 FR Princeton, TX
19 Zach Austin WR 5-11 187 SO Austin, TX
19 Jalen Barnes DB 6-1 189 SO Port Arthur, TX
20 Tevin Madison DB 5-10 166 SO Fayette, AL
21 DeAndre Washington RB 5-8 200 SR Missouri City, TX
22 Derrick Dixon DB 5-9 197 SO Dallas, TX
22 Jake Parker WR 6-1 168 SO Whitehouse, TX
24 Payton Hendrix DB 6-2 199 FR Dallas, TX
24 R.J. Hester WR 5-9 173 SO Arlington, TX
25 Sam Atoe LB 5-11 231 SR Windsor, CA
26 John White DB 5-11 197 SR Bremond, TX
27 Demarcus Felton RB 5-7 190 FR Houston, PA
27 Adaryan Jones DB 6-1 172 FR Southlake, TX
28 Paul Banks DB 6-2 178 JR Houston, TX
28 Corey Dauphine RB 6-1 194 FR Port Arthur, TX
28 Dominique Wheeler WR 6-1 186 JR Crockett, TX
29 Joseph Clark DB 5-9 181 FR Tyler, TX
29 Mason Reed LB 6-2 217 FR Cisco, TX
30 Bobby Esiaba LB 6-1 218 SR Houston, TX
30 Caleb Woodward WR 6-1 200 SO Leander, TX
31 Justis Nelson DB 6-2 173 JR Mesquite, TX
33 Stanton Keane FB 6-1 229 FR Lubbock, TX
33 Rika Levi DL 6-2 333 SR San Francisco, CA
34 D’Vonta Hinton LB 5-9 225 FR Texas City, TX
34 Hunter Rittimann WR 6-1 177 FR SAN ANTONIO, TX
35 Tyler Scalzi FB 6-4 238 JR Flower Mound, TX
36 Michael Coley WR 6-2 198 FR Irving, TX
36 Douglas Wilson WR 5-11 178 FR Abilene, TX
37 Quinton White RB 5-7 209 JR College Station, TX
38 Kisean Allen DB 5-11 172 FR Mesquite, TX
38 Preston Scaff TE 6-3 228 FR Shallowater, TX
39 Kahlee Woods LB 6-1 227 SO Sherman, TX
40 Dakota Allen LB 6-2 224 FR Humble, TX
41 Malik Jenkins LB 6-1 220 JR Ennis, TX
42 Taylor Symmank PK 6-3 193 SR Mckinney, TX
43 Demetrius Alston DL 6-3 276 SR Norcross, GA
45 Nicholas Keller PK 5-9 164 FR Pearland, TX
45 D.J. Polite-Bray DB 6-1 185 JR Lithonia, GA
46 David Brenner LS 6-1 231 SR Plano, TX
48 Avery Gilliam DB 5-11 178 SR Houston, TX
49 Michael Barden PK 5-10 174 FR Austin, TX
51 Tony Morales OL 6-3 285 SR Arlington, TX
52 Mike Mitchell LB 6-3 228 SO Plano, TX
53 Kyle Heffron LS 5-11 227 SO SAN ANTONIO, TX
56 Alfredo Morales OL 6-4 319 SR Arlington, TX
56 Ondre Pipkins DL 6-3 330 SR Kansas City, MO
58 Madison Akamnonu OL 6-5 294 FR Arlington, TX
58 Josh Outlaw DL 6-4 302 SO Lithonia, GA
59 Talor Nunez DL 6-4 256 SO Midland, TX
60 Luke Heitshusen OL 6-3 229 FR Allen, TX
62 Le’Raven Clark OL 6-6 308 SR Rockdale, TX
64 Ethan Smith OL 6-6 278 FR Humble, TX
65 Baylen Brown OL 6-5 309 JR SAN ANTONIO, TX
66 Ben Kittley OL 6-1 314 SR Abilene, TX
67 Caleb Teague OL 6-1 300 FR Austin, TX
68 Grant Caravelli OL 6-3 290 FR Wolfforth, TX
69 Cody Wheeler OL 6-4 293 FR Allen, TX
70 Robert Castaneda OL 6-4 296 FR Round Rock, TX
71 Emeka Okafor OL 6-5 329 SR Sunnyvale, TX
72 Trace Ellison OL 6-4 294 FR Frisco, TX
73 Justin Murphy OL 6-6 298 FR Belton, TX
74 Cole Collier OL 6-1 286 FR Prosper, TX
75 Jared Kaster OL 6-3 293 SR Altair, TX
76 Paul Stawarz OL 6-5 295 SO Channahon, IL
77 Conner Dyer OL 6-4 268 FR Mesquite, TX
78 Terence Steele OL 6-6 285 FR Cibolo, TX
79 Poet Thomas OL 6-6 332 SO Beverly Hills, MI
82 Keke Coutee WR 5-11 173 FR Lufkin, TX
83 Brad Pearson WR 6-2 216 SR Lubbock, TX
84 Landon Sawyer WR 5-9 170 FR San Angelo, TX
85 Evan McHugh TE 6-2 220 FR Lubbock, TX
86 Coleman Patterson WR 6-1 182 SO Whitehouse, TX
87 Kash Knutson WR 5-11 183 FR SAN ANTONIO, TX
88 Ja’Deion High WR 5-11 179 SO Hereford, TX
90 Keland McElrath DL 6-4 298 SR Ripley, TN
91 Christ Tompkins DL 6-3 229 JR Waller, TX
92 Andre Ross LB 6-2 249 SR Calvert, TX
93 Armani Brumfield DL 6-3 267 SR SAN ANTONIO, TX
94 Lonzell Gilmore DL 6-3 217 FR Spring, TX
95 Marcus Smith DL 6-3 311 SR Wadesboro, NC
96 Clayton Hatfield PK 5-10 171 FR Boerne, TX
96 Broderick Washington DL 6-3 308 FR Longview, TX
97 Trey Keenan OL 6-5 272 JR Argyle, TX

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