Texas Tech successfully bounced back from its season-opening loss by putting together an efficient first half versus Lamar.
In fact, it was almost kind of a ho-hum drubbing as the Red Raiders scored touchdowns on six of eight possessions and held the Cardinals to 71 yards of total offense on the way to a 42-0 halftime lead.
But it’s ok for Texas Tech if it was a little boring. Boring was actually good after the gut punches the Red Raiders experienced in the first quarter last week against Ole Miss. There was no drama in the first half as Texas Tech kept Lamar from crossing the Red Raiders’ 40 for the entire half.
Meanwhile, Texas Tech quarterback Alan Bowman found his rhythm as he completed 22 of 25 passes for 282 yards and 2 TDs.
Texas Tech attempted to establish the run, but struggled to get it going without Da’Leon Ward or Tre King in the lineup (we’ll try to find out why they were out later today). Demarcus Felton had a pedestrian 69 yards on 17 carries but, on the positive side, reached the end zone twice. The Red Raiders got their best spark in the running game from true freshman SaRodorick Thompson, who rushed for 16 yards and a touchdown on three totes.
Another encouraging sign was that the two biggest plays of the first half were made by receivers. T.J. Vasher, of course, provided highlight reel material, but he didn’t make the biggest impact of the WRs. De’Quan Bowman returned a punt 49 yards to the Lamar 6 to set up the Red Raiders’ second touchdown.
And Antoine Wesley wrestled the ball away from a defender, then took off for a 66-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
We’re seeing Jett Duffey run the offense to start the second half. So the questions we’re asking in the third and fourth quarters are: how will Duffey look? Can the defense pitch and shutout? And can the Red Raiders boost their stats in the all-important turnover-ratio category?