CONFERENCE RECORD: 0-1
NEXT OPPONENT: TCU
LOCATION: Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, TX
BETTING LINE: Texas Tech -28.5
Texas Tech Red Raiders
CONFERENCE RECORD: 1-0
NEXT OPPONENT: Kansas State
FINAL LINE SCORE
TOP PASSER: Ryan Willis: 14/26, 142 Yards, 1 TD
TOP RUSHER: Ke’Aun Kinner: 9 Carries, 45 Yards
TOP RECEIVER: Ben Johnson: 5 Receptions, 86 Yards
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Nic Shimonek
PLAYER STATS: 15/21, 271 Yards, 4 TDs
Wow. It’s really hard to come in for an almost mythical-level of quarterback, and actually play as good if not better than the starter. I’d always seen Shimonek in the cupcake games and thought he was a good back-up. Now, I know he’s not just a good back-up; he’s a good quarterback. Period. He’s the main reason Tech pulled away late in the game. Congrats to him. That being said, I certainly do hope Patrick Mahomes is not injured too seriously.
TEXAS TECH STATS
TOP PASSER: Patrick Mahomes: 27/34, 277 Yards, 4 TDs, 1 Int
TOP RUSHER: DeMarcus Felton: 11 Carries, 48 Yards
TOP RECEIVER: Jonathan Giles: 12 Receptions, 219 Yards, 2 TDs
KANSAS POSITION GROUP RATINGS
OFFENSIVE LINE: 4
Whether it was Willis or Cozart or Stanley, they faced a fair amount of pressure tonight. The running game didn’t have many holes either.
TIGHT ENDS: 9
Ben Johnson played like a star tonight. He got open when he needed to, and he was a favorite target of both of the Kansas quarterbacks.
RUNNING BACKS: 3
Ke’Aun Kinner couldn’t find any holes. It wasn’t all his fault, but KU had to solely rely on the passing game, and that didn’t work out so well.
Ryan Willis looked fantastic when he went in during the first half. After that intentional grounding in the third, he reverted back to a mediocre quarterback.
WIDE RECEIVERS: 5
Kansas had three receivers that actually made a difference tonight (Gonzalez, Sims, Harrell). All three looked decent most of the game.
DEFENSIVE LINE: 7
Texas Tech didn’t run the ball very well, and there were a lot of sacks on Texas Tech QBs. This D-Line certainly did their part for the win, but they couldn’t quite pull it off.
The whole KU defense played much better against such a great offense, but the linebackers simply couldn’t stop the athleticism that Texas Tech has.
The passing game was on fire for the Red Raiders. The secondary didn;t necessarily play BAD, but they did get outplayed.
SPECIAL TEAMS: 8
Wyman made all of his kicks, unlike a certain other kicker for the Red Raiders. Batson was thoroughly shut down in the return game.
Beaty is clearly the man for this job. That being said, not putting Willis in until the second was questionable, as were a few other decisions.
It’s pretty hard to lose any game when you have a back-up who can perform at the same level as your Heisman candidate starter. Texas Tech may have covered a pretty gigantic spread, but this was an ugly win. Kansas could easily have made this game 28-23 in the third quarter, but they were held to a field goal. They never scored again. When Patrick Mahomes went down with a shoulder injury, the upset alert was going at full blast. Then, we discovered how good of a player Nic Shimonek is capable of being. When it comes to the Jayhawks, it’s hard not to believe in David Beaty despite his 1-15 career record. This roster is absolutely full of young players who have an incredibly bright future. The 2018 or 2019 Kansas Jayhawks could seriously be a contender in this conference. He may still be searching for that first Big 12 win, but I can easily see him getting at least one this year. Patrick Mahomes went to the locker room pretty quickly, and he never came out after he went in. It’s good to see Shimonek shine in his first real moment in the spotlight, but Mahomes will be missed no matter how well Shimonek can play. All I have left to say on the matter is:
Shimonek B̶i̶g̶ ̶1̶2̶ ̶P̶O̶Y̶ ̶ H̶e̶i̶s̶m̶a̶n̶ G.O.A.T confirmed
— Armchair BIG 12 (@ArmchairBig12) September 30, 2016
TEXAS TECH POSITION GROUP RATINGS
OFFENSIVE LINE: 2
Now both of our lines look terrible. There were way too many ineligible receiver penalties, and there was a lot of pressure on Mahomes and Shimonek.
RUNNING BACKS: 5
DeMarcus Felton looked pretty solid tonight. It’s a shame Justin Stockton hasn’t been given the ball much, but so far the running game has been decent.
QUARTERBACKS: 10 million
Patrick Mahomes is the type of person you assume is irreplaceable. Nic Shimonek is evidently one of the few up to that mighty task. Kliff Kingsbury is one of the best QB coaches of all time.
WIDE RECEIVERS: 10
6 players caught touchdowns. If it weren’t for Shimonek’s amazing back-up performance, Giles would be the undisputed star of the game, with over 200 yards.
DEFENSIVE LINE: 4
The D-Line at least looks OK. They had one of their better performances tonight, which was refreshing to see.
The linebackers did not look as good as the men in the trenches. That being said, they played well enough to hold Kansas to 19 points, which I can live with.
The passing game was rather weak for Kansas, and a primary part of that was the coverage of Justis Nelson and Jah’Shawn Johnson.
SPECIAL TEAMS: 1
For the first time in a very long time, the defense was not the worst group. That would go to special teams, which included a muffed punt, a missed PAT, and a punt that was dropped for a safety.
Kliff Kingsbury gets a ton of points for being such a mastermind when it comes to quarterbacks. However, he wasn’t the best decision maker tonight.