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This week the Double T 97-3 staff answer, "What do you think is the biggest reason the Red Raider Football team has under performed over the past 4 weeks? Or do you feel like they haven't under performed?"
Jamie Lent - The Morning Dive and Press Box
While I think the issues with Quarterback play have been a major reason you have struggled, I think the biggest reason is because of the lack of a running game. The only running threat the offense has had in recent weeks is Jett Duffey breaking out of the pocket and taking off (sometimes designed plays and sometimes not). There has not been much threat at all from the running back position and I really think that has to do mostly with poor play along the offensive line. And yes, injuries have played a big part in that. It's just been really tough to see a group perform so well at the beginning of the year, struggle terribly here at the end of the year.
Zach Logsdon - The Morning Drive and End of the Bench
I don't think they've under performed for the past four weeks, but they did under perform against K-State so much that the stink may have transferred to the other three games. I think a fair thing to point to is...shall we say inconsistent quarterback play. But I can't get past the fact that Texas Tech can not run the ball. At all. You could help your quarterbacks out at least a little if you didn't have to rely on them for all the offense.
Jon Sokoloff - End of the Bench and FOX34 Sports
Turnovers, plain and simple. Not only were they not taking care of the football, but they were as costly turnovers. Three interceptions against Iowa State (one of them resulting in a pick-six). There were none against an Oklahoma defense that just gave up 40 points to Kansas, but another three (red zone) turnovers against Texas, and three more Saturday against Kansas State and that's not including a blocked punt that resulted in a safety. When it comes to conference games, protecting the football is the most important thing and this team hasn't even remotely been effective at it.
Jeff McGuire - End of the Bench and Bottom Line
Game by game I don't feel like the team has under preformed. Over all this season and for sure at Iowa State and Kansas State the answer is yes they have. Injuries have hurt the team for sure, but all of them are on scholarship. All of them are in practice. All of them dressed for the games. Players need to step up when their number is called. The running game has surpassed under preforming to me and moved into disappointing. That has been a huge factor for the offensive struggles. The offense line play has not meet expectations at all this year. To start the year, I saw 6-6 with 7-5 as the roof. Now, let's just Tech needs to win vs Baylor.
Chois Woodman - The Bottom Line and End of the Bench
Texas Tech has under performed in variety of different ways over the past four weeks. If I'm having to pinpoint one reason, though, it's the quarterback position.
-Alan Bowman played his worst game of the season in the Red Raiders first loss of this losing streak up in Ames.
-Then a slow third quarter offensively vs. OU put Tech too far behind the eight ball against the best offense in the Big 12. (Bowman didn't play the second half).
-Against Texas Duffey had 3 turnovers inside the 30 yard line which proved to be the difference in the game.
-The Kansas State game speaks for itself.
There are plenty of reasons to point to for Tech losing the last four games (coaching, defense, stupid mistakes, etc.), but quarterback play is the biggest reason.
Zach Sparkman - The Press Box and Tech Talk
For 3 of the 4 games I’m not sure if the team necessarily underperformed Iowa State OU and Texas are all good teams and Tech had a chance to win all of those games in the 4th Quarter. For Iowa State and Kansas State you could point to Quarterback play as Bowman and Duffey played their worst games and the offense struggled. For OU and Texas there’s a handful of plays that hurt you in those games where if one play or break went Techs way they’d have won.
Garrett Luft - Coors Light Post Game Show
Quarterback health/consistency is a no-brainer here for me. If Alan Bowman is as consistent in Ames as every other ballgame this year, you win there.
A healthy Alan Bowman in the 2nd half beats OU. A Jett Duffey who just holds on to the football beats Texas.
But the problem here to these question is Kansas State. QB play wasn’t good enough, but that’s no different than TCU, and you won in Fort Worth. The reason for the first three losses begs me to excuse Kliff from much criticism. In fact, he deserves massive credit for making it work.
But the egg laid in Manhattan... I don’t know how to excuse it away with any logic. As much as I would like to.
Gary Ashby - Sports Talk with Thetford and Ashby
We have underperformed these last few years and I think it might be our lack of depth at several positions. We have had several key injuries that have plagued us. All teams have injuries and the ones that continue to win typically have done a good job of recruiting not only top line starters, but backups to fill in when needed. Our starters I feel can compete on a winning level, but when a few of them go down to injury we have trouble.
Luke Lyles - Producer Extraordinaire
Injuries held us back all season with the inconsistency at the QB position. We under preformed in key games and had some questionable play calling.