Tech Rolls Over Rice
This past weekend was again the Harrell/Crabtree show. Three of Graham’s six TD’s came way of Crab as the Rice Owl’s were plucked in front of sparse crowd which appeared to be yet another home game for Tech on the road.
Houston TX — With their third straight Conference USA opponent, Texas Tech traveled down to Houston to face an old Southwest Conference foe in the Rice Owls. The 111 heat index was not nearly enough to stop the Air Raid which was lead by Graham Harrell. Harrell turned in yet another outstanding performance in going 28/37 for 414 yards and tying his career high with 6 touchdown passes. Eleven different receivers touched the ball as Tech scorched the Owls 59-24. Junior wide receiver Grant Walker earned his first career touchdown when he hauled in a 38 yard strike from Harrell midway through the first quarter.
Eleven of Harrell’s 28 completions came by way of phenomenal freshman Michael Crabtree. In only his third game, Crabtree caught 11 passes for 244 yards and three touchdowns. The performance helped earn him Big 12 offensive player of the week honors. In just three games, Crabtree has 38 receptions, 538 receiving yards, and 8 touchdown receptions. With this blistering start, he is well on his way to shattering multiple NCAA receiving records. With the tremendous early success of Crabtree a question that has to be asked is whether or not Harrell is looking too much at Crabtree and perhaps should be focusing on spreading the ball around. This question will be answered soon enough as the level of talent steps up a notch with Big 12 play starting this weekend on the road. In an effort to contain the freshman wide receiver, defenses will start to double team Crabtree opening the gates for other receivers like Danny Amendola, Eric Morris, and L.A. Reed to continue the offensive assault.
The Texas Tech defense was lead by junior linebacker Paul Williams. The Tech Defense held the owls to only a single second half touchdown. Halftime adjustments seem to be the theme of this year’s Raider defense. They have thus far proved to be dominating in the second half by allowing a single touchdown through the first three games.
More impressively was the steady rise of true freshman defensive tackle Colby Whitlock. Whitlock for his third straight game has proven why he is already one of Tech’s best on the front line. Due to his performances through the first three game of the season, Whitlock has earned a starting spot for this weekend’s game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
This weekend’s conference opener will be the first major test for the Red Raiders. They will be traveling into an extremely hostile environment where traditionally the Raiders have had issues performing well. OSU enters this pivotal game after an embarrassing loss at the hands of the University of Troy 41-23. The Cowboys will be out to even their record in front of a home crowd.
Final score Tech 59 Rice 24. Next game, Tech travels to OSU. If you haven’t seen the photos check them out at stevenleija.com