Texas Tech Football Spring Game Recap
The Texas Tech football team hosted the annual Spring game this past weekend as they put on display all the hard work they have been putting in during the off-season. Second year head coach Kliff Kingsbury and company put on quite a show in front of 19,500 Tech fans on Saturday as this was the last chance they would get to see the team until the fall. This game is always interesting as they score the game as the offense against the defense. Like most expected, the offense proved to be a little too much for the defense as they earned the 37-30 win.
A bigger Davis Webb showed why coach Kingbury made him the starter as he put on a clinic through the air. On the day the sophomore quarterback threw for 354 yards on 25-of-37 passing and four touchdowns as that side of the ball scored 37 points on Saturday. He tossed TD passes to four different receivers in the game and ended up with 13 total touchdown passes spanning the Midland Scrimmage, Friday Night Lights, and the Spring game. Junior Jakeem Grant led all recievers with five catches for 105 yards and a touchdown while junior running back DeAndre Washington lead all rushers with 55 yards on seven carries.
“We have a chance to be a really good team,” Webb said following the game. “We’re flying under the radar and that’s what we want and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t expect this team to be one of the best teams to ever play at Texas Tech.”
The defense on the other hand did not have as good of a showing in the Spring game on Saturday as they struggled to tackle the offense consistently. Matt Wallerstedt’s group had quite a few missed tackles in the game and also seemed to have some issues in the secondary. In their defense though, it is tough when you can not tackle the quarterback. Sophomore defensive back Keenon Ward did play well for the defense as he led the team with five solo tackles.
A big positive to take notice about from Saturday’s practice game was from the teams back-up quarterback Tanner Tausch. He helped ease the fan bases as far as the topic of back-up quarterbacks is concerned, as he threw for 255 yards on 25-37 passing with a touchdown and an interception. Tausch just seemed to begin to feel more comfortable in the offense and in running the huddle as he had a number of accurate throws in the offense’s win.
“We have a lot more confidence than last year,” Kingsbury said. “Last year we just tried to install and the guys are trying to figure us out and figure out our expectations. They know what they can be after that bowl game and carry that confidence over to being a top fifteen team. They know what they can be if they put it all together, so that’s exciting.”