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Defense Gets The Better of the Texas Tech Offense in Red & Black Spring Game

Rob Snyder, 1340TheFan.com

The new Texas Tech Red Raider defense forced three turnovers in their 34-28 win over the offense in the annual Red & Black Spring Game. A school-record 16,116 attended the scrimmage.

Quarterback Michael Brewer, the presumed starter for 2013, went 26/43 passing for 282 yards with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions.  Backup Davis Webb threw for one touchdown and one interception as he 17/30 passing for 224 yards.

Kicker Ryan Bustin had a tough day, missing both of his field goal attempts.  The first field goal missed was from 28 yards out. It went wide right.  The second field goal miss, from 36 yards, hit the right upright.

Defensively, Will Smith led his unit with 10 solo tackles. J.J Gaines and Dawson Gambles both had interceptions as the defense frustrated the offense all day.

Rob Snyder, 1340TheFan.com

The Tech defense had 24 points before the offense got on the board with a Michael Brewer touchdown pass to tight end Jace Amaro. In the Red & Black Spring Game, the defense earned points by forcing 3-and-outs, sacks, interceptions and recovering fumbles.

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury was pleased with what he saw on the field, “I loved the atmosphere. It was a great crowd and our kids were fired up.  I thought the defense came out and really competed well.  Both sides kept it base (play-calling & formations) but their effort was really, really good.”

Tight end Jace Amaro and wide receiver Derreck Edwards were the Red Raiders leading receivers. Amaro had 11 catches for 80 yards and one touchdown. Edwards had 3 catches for 101 yards and one touchdown.

Running back Kenny Williams had 16 carries for 68 yards. Quinton White had 14 rushes for 62 yards. Both Williams and White averaged over 4 yards a carry.

Texas Tech opens up the 2013 season on August 30 at the SMU Mustangs.

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