Texas Tech hosts former Southwest Conference Rival Southern Methodist University at 6 pm in Jones AT&T Stadium. Fox Sports Southwest will be showing the game. The Mustangs come to Lubbock with their own version of a passing offense.
Bring some snacks, folks. Even with the new clock rules, this game could be longer than most. Lubbock has also experienced quite a bit of rain the last couple of days, so the field might be a little soggy.
Freshman QB Bo Levi Mitchell directs SMU’s offense. He is 49-80 (61 percent) for 614 yards with eight TDs and three INTs. He has also carried the ball eight times for -32 yards.
June Jones handed the reins to Mitchell, and as you might expect from a freshman, the results have been mixed so far.
In their first game, SMU started out with a 13-0 lead at Rice but fell apart and lost the game, 56-27. The Ponies rebounded last week in beating Texas State 47-36.
Backup Logan Turner has completed five of six passes on the year for 82 yards with one score and no INTs.
DeMyron Martin paces the rushing attack with 15 touches for 72 yards (4.8 YPC) and one score. Andrew McKinney is next with five rushes for 27 yards (5.4 YPC) but no scores.
Former starting QB Justin Willis, who hasn’t played much this season, rounds out SMU’s rushing stats with two carries for eight yards. Willis is a dynamic athlete who deserves to be playing in some form or fashion.
Emmanuel Sanders leads SMU’s platoon of receivers with 16 catches for 259 yards (16.2 YPC) and four TDs. Aldrick Robinson is on his heels with 15 for 263 (17.5 YPC) and four TDs as well. The bad news is that Bradley Haynes (two catches for 33 yards) is the only other WR to reach the end zone for the Ponies this season.
RB Martin had nine catches for 48 yards, Cole Beasley has five receptions for 34 yards, and Terrance Wilkerson has three for 33 yards. Josh Bryant, Andrew McKinney, and Zach Zimmerman round out SMU’s receiving stats with a combined three catches for 20 yards.
Texas Tech Passing
Senior signal caller Graham Harrell leads the offensive attack. He is 62-104 on the season (59.6 percent) for 833 yards with three TDs and two INTs. Harrell likely has something to prove after throwing for only 297 yards on 19-46 passing with one TD and two INTs last week against Nevada.
Texas Tech Rushing
Senior Shannon Woods leads the running game for the Red Raiders with 20 carries for 82 yards (4.1 YPC) and four TDs. Baron Batch is next with 11 touches for 87 yards and one score. Aaron Crawford has chipped in touches for 26 yards and one score.
WR Eric Morris got a rushing TD last week on a 13-yard scamper and now has three carries for 23 yards on the season. Fellow WR Ed Britton finishes the rushing numbers with one carry for nine yards.
Expect the Red Raiders to continue using multiple RBs this season. Woods, Batch, and Crawford are all dangerous, and Texas Tech likes being able to keep all of them fresh by rotating them.
Texas Tech Receiving
Michael Crabtree showed he still has it. The sophomore from Dallas had a remarkable 82-yard catch and run for a TD last week against Nevada. On the year he has 16 receptions for 231 yards (14.4 YPC) with two scores.
Detron Lewis has 12 for 209 (17.4 YPC) but no scores, and Eric Morris has 11 for 172 (15.6) and also no TDs. Redshirt freshman Tramain Swindall has been impressive. He’s made tough catches in key situations and so far this year has tallied eight catches for 99 yards, and no trips to pay dirt.
Edward Britton’s five catches for 37 yards and one TD is the end of Tech’s scoring through the air. However, RB Woods (three for 19), Batch (two for 21) Adam James (one for nine yards), OL Stephen Hamby (one for three yards), and Lyle Leong (one for 32) also have been active in the receiving game.
June Jones’ pass-happy offense may be more famous than Mike Leach’s due to Jones’ NFL experience, but this week the edge goes to Leach. In his first year at SMU, Jones is a long way from having a team capable of competing with the talent that Mike Leach has assembled in Lubbock.
Coach Jones may not be wearing a lei, but after the Tech game, he’ll wish he was back at Hawaii.
Red Raiders 66, Ponies 13
Jimmy Frush, the former Director of Marketing and Promotions at Texas Tech, is now the Director of the Mustang Club at SMU. Mr. Frush has been a mentor and friend to me and is a fine representative of Texas Tech. If you’re in Raider Alley, stop by SMU’s tent and say hello to Jimmy.