Here are five takeaways following Texas Tech football’s 45-35 win over Oklahoma State:
The defense put together its most impressive performance since Tommy Tuberville coached the team. Look past the points allowed and instead look at the incredible the Red Raiders they got out to. A few bad special teams plays gave OSU field position to skew the scoreline and obscure a phenomenal performance by the defensive line. Broderick Washington Jr. created havoc all day long along with Eli Howard and Tony Bradford.
On the day Tech produced seven sacks, 14 tackles for loss, and forced five turnovers. Keith Patterson’s squad worked as a unit and look like they now know exactly what’s expected of them. Even without their best defensive back Adrian Frye, this unit absolutely dominated this game.
Jordyn Brooks is unrelenting
On a day where defense dominated, Jordyn Brooks stood high above the rest. His main responsibility came as a QB spy on Spencer Sanders. Two plays in the third quarter sum up Brooks’ day and the type of player he is.
Third down and two at Texas Tech’s 42-yard line Jordyn Brooks missed a tackle on LD Brown at the line of scrimmage and scampered 23 yards into the red zone. On the next play, Brooks blitzed up the middle to sack Sanders, forcing a fumble and killing the OSU momentum.
Brooks finished the day with 19 total tackles, four tackles for a loss, three sacks, and a forced fumble. If he doesn’t win Big 12 defensive player of the week I’m certain the Big 12 offices will receive a mail truck full of strongly written letters.
Jett Duffey is finding himself
Few quarterbacks are as perplexing as Jett Duffey. He makes gorgeous throws and he makes ugly throws. In the first half Duffey looked shaky on his throws but used his legs enough to skate past the Oklahoma State defense. A few times on deep throws the receiver had his man beat by five yards or more and Duffey couldn’t hit his target.
When the second half rolled around, Duffey looked like a completely different quarterback. He zipped risky throws into perfect spots where only his receivers could make the play. He hit T.J. Vasher in triple coverage and made a perfect throw over double coverage for a touchdown. Duffey threw for 424 yards, 4 touchdowns, and picked up another score on the ground.
If Duffey looks like this on a consistent basis, he might just edge out Alan Bowman for the starting job when his shoulder heals up.
Special teams mishaps
With 3:13 left in the first half, freshman Austin McNamara punted from his own 31-yard line to his own 45 for just 14 yards. Oklahoma State scored soon after as they were able to run Chuba Hubbard down the field quickly. When the game should have been out of reach, Oklahoma State recovered an onside kick at Texas Tech’s 35-yard line. This great field position lead to a quick score and another onside kick attempt which was handled properly.
Freshman Trey Wolff had his first career missed field goal in the second quarter. Afterward, Texas Tech decided to go for it twice on fourth down while in field goal position and twice they failed. One time came on a confusing six-yard loss on a poor read option by Duffey. The other came on a missed block on a fake field goal run that came up less than a yard short.
Starting the game out by forcing a fumble on Oklahoma State’s first drive set the tone early for this defense. Texas Tech forced two fumbles and three interceptions out of the redshirt freshman Sanders. By keeping the defense off themselves off the field this unit was able to stay fresh all game and keep Hubbard from gouging them too badly at the end of the game.
Douglas Coleman III hauled in a pair of picks this game and now has five on the season, all in his last three games. With Frye out in this game more pressure was put on Coleman III and he stepped up big. Early in the second quarter Coleman III perfectly broke up a deep pass for Landon Wolf and picked off Sanders the following play. The senior safety is putting together a phenomenal season.