Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tech Recap


This pretty much sums it up.

This is my first attempt at stepping into SWW's role since he's got bigtime grown up responsibilities to deal with now, so I apologize if it's a little different than what you're used to.  I guess I should start by saying bummer.  After the shitstorm that I instigated on this blog as well as the tech fan site world last week, it sure would've been nice to escape that game with a win, but Tech and Seth Doege had other plans.  I'll go ahead and own it, Tech fans, so feel free to come back and gloat.  That's what makes this fun.  I make jokes and if we win, I get to say I told you so and tell you how right I was.  When we lose, you can tell me how wrong I was and how much of an idiot I am.  I'm a big boy.  I'll be alright.  See, I've learned to not take things too seriously, especially here at spitblood.  You get my drift?  Also, I'll admit that I was wrong with what I said...Seth Doege doesn't suck.  He's damn good actually and he proved it Saturday.  Anyways, let's get on with things and take a look back at the game.

I'll admit I haven't been able to stomach going back and watching the replay yet, but honestly that has to be one of the top 5 best games of the Patterson era if you're not taking wins and losses into the equation.  As far as all around entertaining football, this is right up there with Baylor and Boise last season, OU in 2005, the Utah game in '09 (blowout but amazing atmopshere), and of course, The Rose Bowl.  So without having gone back and watched the replay to this point, I'll do my best to piece together my thoughts on the game.  If you're looking for me to blame officials or make excuses in the coming paragraphs, don't bother reading on.  We all know there were some questionable calls and a lot of factors that hurt the Frogs' chances Saturday afternoon, but I'd rather not dwell on it nor become fodder for any sort of sour grapes for the Tech fans that are still lingering.

Here are a couple assertions that SWW made in his preview on how we can beat Tech in his game preview:

"Trevone Boykin must follow up last week's performance with an even better one."


Boykin played another outstanding ball game and did all he could to keep us in this game (even on one ankle in the second half), but he did not exceed nor duplicate his Baylor performance.  Tech's defense definitely wasn't all it was cracked up to be, but it wasn't as terrible as Baylor's.  Honestly I didn't really expect a better performance Saturday.  Of his 2 interceptions, 1 bounced right off of Cam White and straight up into the air for an easy pick, and the other basically served as a punt that pinned them at the 8 on a 3rd and long prayer.  Pick #1 resulted in a Tech TD, but the real critical misses from Boykin were overthrows on some deep routes.  He'll get better at that as he gets in a better rhythm with our starting WR's.  His throw to LaDarius Brown late in the 4th was absolutely perfect though.  One thing that SWW has been saying since Boykin took over for Casey "Joe Kane" Pachall was that our offense would be better with Boykin because he fits better with what we want to do schematically, and I completely agree.  The last 2 weeks are great evidence of that.  The running lanes are opening up and more and more players are emerging as playmakers.  Did you ever think you'd see Skye Dawson with 10 grabs for over 154 yards with Pachall under center?  I did not.  It's also no coincidence that our offensive line looks light years better since Boykin has become the signal caller.  Boykin may not have played better than in the Baylor game, but he's not at fault in this one.

"The Frogs D must continue to force turnovers and improve upon their NCAA leading 14 picks."

This is the one that got us.  No interceptions and no fumbles=no stopping Doege Saturday afternoon.  Doege seemed to learn really early on in the game after a couple shots toward Jason Verrett that it might not be his best approach to attack him, so he wisely went to the other side of the field against Kevin White and picked on our safeties in coverage, especially on 3rd downs.  This game defensively eerily reminded me of watching BYU's John Beck in 2006 as he methodically picked apart our secondary on 3rd downs, keeping our defense on the field and eventually leading BYU to victory.  Doege was on point on 3rd downs all game, but our secondary was giving their receivers too much cushion and making life easy for him.  Also, with the exception of the first couple of drives early in the second half, Doege had as much time as he wanted in the pocket all game, and that's inevitably what doomed us defensively.  You can't expect to beat anybody when you allow 7 TD passes and force no turnovers.  Also, I'd like to see Kevin White be a bit more physical on the fade routes in man to man situations.  Let him go against LaDarius all week and practice and learn not to get pushed around.  His coverage skills are there, but the ball skills are lacking.

Another thing I hated to see was GP and his staff getting outwitted in the trick play department again, and it happened twice.  The onsides kick was a complete momentum swing late in the first half, and I still for the life of me don't know how Antonio Graves didn't come up with that ball.  Really we weren't outsmarted there if you think about it.  Graves was in position to make the play on the ball and did everything right...except cover the ball.  That one hurt.  As for the Wildcat reverse pass by Doege in the 2nd OT- it was a great play call, but we had to see it coming at some point right?  I mean, there was no reason for Tech, who hadn't run the ball successfully at all the entire game except for breakaway run, to line up in the Wildcat on 1st and 10 in overtime after showing that they could pick apart our secondary seemingly at will.  Sure enough, it wasn't a run at all, and Seth Doege found a wide open receiver on across the field.  I don't know how you game plan for things like that, but 2 home games in a row we've been fooled by a very similar trick play.  Gotta fix that soon, because that won't be our last opponent to show that formation.  In fact, I'm pretty sure everyone left on the schedule has a package similar to that, except maybe OU and K State and that's because they have QB's that will run you over so they don't need it.

As sad as it is to admit, I pretty much knew in my heart that once Oberkrom, who might deserve his own post for how well he's played, kicked that field goal in OT3 that we had basically surrendered the loss.  Tech had their way with us in the red zone all game long and our defense was gassed at that point.  I was extremely proud of the fight this team showed to even force overtime in this game, and it just shows you what kind of leader in the making we have on our hands with Boykin, who is still a teenager, mind you.  As for the fans who left when we got down by 10 with 4+ to go in the game- shame on you.  Other than that, the fan turnout was pretty solid and it was great to actually see the stadium full.  I also don't think Tech had near as many fans there as they believed they would, so I guess I'm proud of all the season ticket holders for not just dumping their extra tickets into the hands of the enemy.

I've never seen a season like this for a football team I pull for, and I'm assuming most of the readers never have either.  There's a whole lot to like about this young squad and I am pretty certain they put together a couple more wins this season and could potentially shock someone down the stretch.  This team will go bowling this season, and I predict we get bowl eligible this weekend.  There's too much talent on both sides of the ball, albeit young talent, to not win another game this season.  I think this team might actually feed off of hostile road environments more than their docile home crowd, and I think that stems from the attitude GMFP instills in them.  Our biggest regular season wins over the past few years have primarily been on the road sans Utah in 2009, and I think that's because for whatever reason they come in to those games more focused and more intense.  I think we will win 2 more road games this year although all 3 of our remaining road games appear to be the most winnable left on our schedule.  I'd love to pull out a victory over K State or OU in The Carter, but I'm not banking on it at this point.

Again, congrats to Tech on winning an absolute gem of a ball game.  If any Tech fans REALLY don't think we can compete in the Big 12 then they didn't watch Saturday's ball game or they're completely underselling their own team, so enough with the "big boy football" bullshit.  We've got a roster full of 18 and 19 year olds that are already doing a pretty damn good job staying competitive in the Big 12, and they'll be here for the next 3 or 4 years as well.  If I were the rest of the Big 12, I'd take notice of what's being built here.




31 comments:

LOLfolding said...

Boykin did make some ill-advised throws that just so happened to not turn into disasters though. I like the guy and think he's coming along great, but he does seem to have the inconsistencies you would expect in a young player.

Cro-magnon Frog said...

Good recap.

This season has been a tough one but at the same time I've really enjoyed seeing how this team has handled all of the adversity. I still can't believe all of the injuries (among other things) to key players that have kept them out for the year and it hasn't been fun reading those injury updates week to week but overall I'm extremely excited to see what happens with this group of freshmen and sophomores with the older guys sprinkled in next year.

As for this year. I don't think were don'e by any stretch of the imagination. OSU has had their own injury problems and have looked very beatable as well as Texas (what in the world happened to west virginia the last few weeks?). We will definitely win at least one of those games if not all 3. Our remaining home games will be very tough, but still, who knows what can happen.

My main goal for this year is to become bowl eligible. We need those extra practices and Bowl season sucks if your team isn't in it.

SnK said...

Tech fan of the day goes to the guy who was saying we were 0-2 in the Big 12...

ThunderFrog said...

Totally agree with your point that we couldn't stop Tech in the red zone all game, which was why I was a little shocked we didn't go for two in the second overtime. Just end it there when we had the chance. Oh well, just win this weekend so I don't have to hear from my all-OSU family for the rest of the year.

Kelly said...

Great post. This team is really exciting to watch win or lose. Really proud of the effort they have put out the past few games.

ThunderFrog said...

Definitely agree that we couldn't stop them in the Red Zone, so them getting the last touchdown wasn't a surprise...the surprise was that we didn't just go for two in the second overtime and try to end the game then and there. Oh well...good game...beat the pokes.

SuperSweet HornedFrog said...

We beat OSU, KSU, WVU, and Texas..

ThunderFrog said...

Curse you blogger and your sometimes making it seem like my comment didn't go through. Sorry for the sort-of double post there...

LOLfolding said...

"We beat OSU, KSU, WVU, and Texas.."

/not sure if serious

BuckNasty said...

Hard to say anything bad about this team. Our rush D is pretty stout. If only we could have made a tackle on that one long run.

Sir Wesley Willis said...

A humbled SnK? SEE WHAT YOU'VE DONE, TECH FANS!!!!!

Haha, but great recap - glad to see I'll be leaving REGULAR SB posting better than I found it. Key word is regular - I'll still be around.

Oh, and while you may not be willing to go down the sour grapes trail, the two missed offensive pass interference calls and the missed facemask on Boykin were potentially the differences between winning and losing. True, Tech may have eventually scored on both drives, but to have both scores handed to them hurt. They say you can't directly blame a blown call for deciding the outcome of the game because you could've made it up in other ways, but don't tell that to Stanford.

VikingFrog said...

Our boys are exciting to watch. I will say I sat by many Tech fans in my section, some related to my cousin and some fans that are always sitting in front of me in purple, but they showed up in their Red Raider gear. From my perspective they were all incredibly classy the whole game and after. I think we caught them a little off guard. Also, it's hilarious how much they hate Tuberville. The lady in front of me wanted him fired even after they won.

spit bucket said...

Was anyone sitting on the home side of the stadium? I have heard from multiple people that were over there that they were getting griped at for standing and yelling by most everyone around them ... OTs included....

If that is the case - we will never have a significant homefield advantage - The West side was empty from about 5 minutes left in the first half until 5 minutes into the second half. Obviously tons of people left when we were down 10 -- From my seats the Tech fans were just as loud as our whole stadium when they needed to be. Pretty upsetting

THEFINCH said...

Do you see what happens Larry? This is what happens when someone you don't even know tries to ruin your professional life because of a funny blog article that called your fan base stupid.

VikingFrog said...

I was on the home field side lower level and it was the best experience we've had over there yet. We stood on every big play and third down opportunity. I was surprised actually, I was yelled at the Virginia game. But, everyone in front of us was standing so it was probably hard for someone to gripe at everyone in front of them. As someone who's been over there every game, this was easily the best experience and the old farts over there were into the game and loud, which hasn't always been the case. Anyone who's griping about it is most likely complaining just to complain.

I left at halftime to grab a beer by the basketball stadium and came back and was late for kickoff. Kickoff is literally impossible to make no matter where your tailgate is and I just have to remember that.

Middle Man said...

Was sitting in Section 215. We had a cop that was walking up and telling people to sit down. It was a joke. People from Tech and TCU joined together in the hate for him. Guy was maybe in his early 20s and on a complete power trip. The old lady behind me in purple, who I had never seen continually groaned and complained when we would stand up on 3rd down or kick offs or big plays. Suck it up or go watch the game at home.

theSTENZmeister said...

As a Tech fan.. I'd like to say thank you for your humbleness and also that was a great game! Looking forward to watching you guys down the stretch. Glad to have y'all in the Big 12.

JHale said...

@ Spitbucket -- I was sitting over there and have been told that before but not for this game. I think the old couple in front of me have finally given up giving me "looks" when I cheer on every down when our defense is on the field.

Todd Carruth said...

First game for me this year. Absolutely loved the renovated stadium. Sat in the endzone and stood for most of the game. This team is going to be outstanding next year and I'm excited for the rest of the season as well. Nice recap BTW.

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SnK said...

Let me clarify one more thing- the reason I didn't come on here this week and bash tech again is bc the first one was done as a joke and it was intended to be all in good fun. Once Saturday was over, Tech week was over and out of my sights. Had we won, I still wouldn't have been on here gloating. That's the way it goes every week. See Baylor the week before.

PurpleHaze354 said...

Loved the game. We were totally exhausted by the time it was over.
Sitting in Section 221 in the North end zone was fun for a change. There are about 8 of us who try and get into the game every time we play, but sometimes it is so hard. Had Tech fans all around, for the most part they were really cool. But then there was the jerk in front of us with his contraband yelling"This aint Conference USA".
And then the little knucklehead who said he was offended for me calling Tech Dirt Farmers, but would never shutup. And then the guy a few rows down with his TCU wife and small child acting like a complete moron.What an example he set. Sunday I even had to hear from a few jerks at Buffalo Wild Wings. Aside from those few things, it was a great experience and I hope this is what being in the Big 12 will be like. Now, for all those that left in the 4th quarter. As Scholss said,"dissapointed".

Amour de voyou said...

Great post, excited for the games and seasons to come! In regards to the fact we're playing better on the road and our fan base is small and we have a "regulated" stadium. Maybe we dump all our tickets to opposing teams and make it a hostile environment every week. I like GMFP and the horned frogs backed into a corner....

JT said...

Great game in retrospect, but super painful on Saturday.

I sat in the upper deck, 401, with a mix of TCU and Tech fans. Nobody minded the cheering and the yelling, and towards the end of the game pretty much everyone was up.

When we went down by ten we went down to the end zone to sit with some friends who had empty seats next to them and caught the OT from much better seats. This was "our" endzone. Loved the energy.

Boykin did alright, but I have to say that he missed a lot of open shots on receivers in Tech's secondary. Assuming that the rest of the team played to the same high standard they had this game, I would say that if we had Pachall in that we win this game, just because of second and third looks, not to mention those two badly overthrown balls that I think Pachall makes.

Super excited for the rest of the season and for next season.

doubleT said...

I don't think that you can down play what you wrote by saying that you made "jokes". What you said in your now removed blog was down right insulting and hateful. You should take a note from the KSTATE MASK on how to talk smack in a way that gets your point across but isn't HIGHLY offensive. We are all actually looking forward to the video he posts this week on us. There is class and then there is what you wrote. I'm glad you can take a loss like a man, but that still doesn't erase the "jokes" you made about Tech-sans. Hopefully if this blog still exists next year you can come at it a little differently.

THEFINCH said...

I would think Tech fans would have thicker skin than say Baylor, or BYU. BUT THEY DON'T. Babies.

Pedagogue said...

Class from a Tech guy - what about the kid who had the Oz. of Coke? Ask Casey sign up?

Among other things they don't teach at Tech is how to take a joke. Idiots.

This award winning blog will be around, count on it and a ass whooping on the field e-thug.

Whiskey Frog said...

Having suffered through three years of law school at Texas Tech, I can say I was honestly surprised at Tech fans this game. Far classier than the shenanigans that occurred on a regular basis in the mid 2000s. Tech always travels well, and the fans (clearly not the administration) know their football.
That being said, Tech barely beat a TCU squad that started 18 freshmen and two VERY questionable non-calls that lead to touchdowns. Can't wait for the next three years.

Tanner said...

doubleT - dude get the fuck over it you won ok?

tcugranny said...

I was in one of the higher-up sections and I heard that Tech fans were pouring battery acid on white women and pulling out there penises. I happened to come across a swinging penis myself and was like.."Hey, put your penis back in your pants!" Then the Tech fan responded with some sort of mumbling which I assumed was the language they speak up there because I heard they are all mentally retarded. I just couldn't believe these crazy Tech fans. My Grandson is about to graduate from high school and I'm scared because based on his 630 SAT score the only options he has are Texas Tech or the Texas State Prison system, so I'm really torn at this point. But anyway, I am excited that TCU is such a great place and I just wanted to let all of you TCU kids know that if you ever want any free cookies you can come by my house. I bake them everyday and they are a real treat. I live right near campus near Bluebonnet Hills (Boyd and Hilltop). I leave them on the front porch every morning and you can just come by on your way to school and pick one up. Go TCU!

Dave said...

ha. I vote crazy granny for contributor.