2014 Texas Tech Red Raiders football team

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2014 Texas Tech Red Raiders football
Texas Tech Red Raiders Logo.svg
Conference Big 12 Conference
2014 record 4–8 (2–7 Big 12)
Head coach Kliff Kingsbury (2nd year)
Offensive coordinator Eric Morris (2nd year)
Offensive scheme Air raid
Defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt (2nd year)
Co-defensive coordinator Mike Smith (2nd year)
Base defense Multiple[1]
Home stadium Jones AT&T Stadium
(Capacity: 60,454)
Seasons
← 2013
2015 →
2014 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#7 Baylor +   8 1         11 2  
#3 TCU +   8 1         12 1  
#18 Kansas State   7 2         9 4  
Oklahoma   5 4         8 5  
West Virginia   5 4         7 6  
Texas   5 4         6 7  
Oklahoma State   4 5         7 6  
Texas Tech   2 7         4 8  
Kansas   1 8         3 9  
Iowa State   0 9         2 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
As of January 1, 2015; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014 Texas Tech Red Raiders football team represented Texas Tech University in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season as members of the Big 12 Conference. Kliff Kingsbury lead the Red Raiders in his second season as the program's fifteenth head coach. The Red Raiders played home games on the university's campus in Lubbock, Texas at Jones AT&T Stadium. They finished the season 4–8, 2–7 in Big 12 play to finish in eighth place.

Previous season[edit]

Unanimous All-American Jace Amaro was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2014 NFL Draft along with Will Smith (linebacker) who was selected in the 7th. Players Terrance Bullitt, Kerry Hyder, and Eric Ward (wide receiver) signed free agent contracts.

Preseason[edit]

Quarterback Davis Webb was named as the starter at the position and was selected for the Maxwell Award and Manning Award watch lists. Running back/linebacker Kenny Williams was selected for the Paul Hornung Award watchlist. Placekicker Ryan Bustin was selected for the Lou Groza Award watchlist. Le'Raven Clark was selected for the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award watchlists, in addition to being selected as a preseason 2nd Team All-American selection by USA Today.[2] Jakeem Grant was named to the Fred Biletnikoff Award watchlist.

As of April 2014, there were 34,100 season tickets were sold for the 2014 season, surpassing the previous season ticket record of 32,227 that were purchased prior to the start of the 2010 season.[3] The Texas Tech athletic department would go on to sell out the stadium through season tickets alone for the 2014 season with a record of 38,502 season tickets purchased.[3]

Coaching changes[edit]

  • Sonny Cumbie replaced at the co-OC/WR coaches position by Eric Morris.[4]
  • Defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt resigned following allegations that he was under the influence of an unknown substance following game three. He was replaced by co-DC Mike Smith.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 6:00 PM Central Arkansas* Jones AT&T StadiumLubbock, TX FSSW+ W 42–35   60,778
September 6 10:00 PM at UTEP* Sun BowlEl Paso, TX FS1 W 30–26   35,422
September 13 2:30 PM Arkansas* Jones AT&T Stadium • Lubbock, TX (Celebrate Cotton Game) ABC L 28–49   60,277
September 25 6:30 PM at No. 24 Oklahoma State Boone Pickens StadiumStillwater, OK ESPN L 35–45   55,958
October 4 6:00 PM at No. 23 Kansas State Bill Snyder Family Football StadiumManhattan, KS ESPNU L 13–45   52,726
October 11 11:00 AM West Virginia Jones AT&T Stadium • Lubbock, TX FS1 L 34–37   58,502
October 18 2:30 PM Kansasdagger Jones AT&T Stadium • Lubbock, TX FSN W 34–21   54,071
October 25 2:30 PM at No. 10 TCU Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX (Rivalry Game) FOX L 27–82   45,122
November 1 6:30 PM Texas Jones AT&T Stadium • Lubbock, TX (Rivalry Game) FS1 L 13–34   60,961
November 15 2:30 PM Oklahoma Jones AT&T Stadium • Lubbock, TX ESPN L 30–42   59,014
November 22 2:30 PM at Iowa State Jack Trice StadiumAmes, IA FSN W 34–31   50,877
November 29 2:30 PM vs. No. 7 Baylor AT&T StadiumArlington, TX (Texas Shootout) ABC/ESPN2 L 46–48   54,179
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

Game summaries[edit]

Central Arkansas[edit]

Central Arkansas Bears at Texas Tech Red Raiders – Game summary[6]
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 3 13 5 14 35
Red Raiders 7 14 7 14 42

at Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, TX

  • Date: August 30
  • Game time: 6:00 PM CDT
  • Game weather: 93 °F (34 °C) • Wind: SE 12 • Weather: Partly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 60,778
  • Referee: Alan Eck
  • TV announcers (FSSW+): Mark Followill (Play-by-play), Brian Baldinger (Color) & Leslie McCaslin (Sideline)
Game information
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

The Texas Tech Red Raiders opened up their 2014 season at home with a 42–35 win over the Central Arkansas Bears. The Red Raiders committed 15 penalties during the game,[7] but still gained a total of 636 yards against the Bears' 406. After two Webb interceptions, the Bears scored to take a 16–7 lead in the 2nd quarter. After receiving an onside kick with 3 minutes left in the game, the Red Raiders held onto the ball to end the game.

Davis Webb threw for 452 yards and four touchdowns during the season opener.[8]

UTEP[edit]

Texas Tech Red Raiders at UTEP Miners – Game summary[9]
1 2 3 4 Total
Red Raiders 0 16 7 7 30
Miners 6 7 6 7 26

at Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, TX

  • Date: September 6
  • Game time: 10:00 PM CDT/9:00 PM MDT
  • Game attendance: 35,442
  • Referee: Wayne Winkler
  • TV announcers (FS1): Craig Bolerjack (Play-by-play) & Ryan Nece (Color)
Game information
Overall record Last meeting Result
14–6–1 2007 W, 45–31

Despite only gaining 19 first downs against the Miners' 23 and possessing the ball for 21 minutes, Texas Tech managed to edge out UTEP for a 30–26 win.[10]

Arkansas[edit]

Arkansas Razorbacks at Texas Tech Red Raiders (Celebrate Cotton Game) – Game summary[11]
1 2 3 4 Total
Razorbacks 14 14 7 14 49
Red Raiders 7 14 7 0 28

at Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, TX

  • Date: September 13
  • Game time: 2:30 PM CDT
  • Game weather: 54 °F (12 °C) • Wind: SE 6 • Weather: Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 60,277
  • Referee: Ken Williamson
  • TV announcers (ABC): Mike Patrick (Play-by-play), Ed Cunningham (Color) & Jeannine Edwards (Sideline)
Game information
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–28 1991 W, 38–21

The Red Raiders lost their first game of the season against former Southwest Conference rivals, the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Raiders were plagued by both turnovers and penalties and couldn't keep up with Arkansas's run game.[12] Texas Tech was 5–60 on penalties, while Arkansas was only 2–15. The Razorbacks managed to rush for 438 yards, while the Red Raiders only ran for 101.[13]

Oklahoma State[edit]

Texas Tech Red Raiders at #24 Oklahoma State Cowboys – Game summary[14]
1 2 3 4 Total
Red Raiders 7 7 14 7 35
#24 Cowboys 7 14 14 10 45

at Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK

  • Date: September 25
  • Game time: 6:30 PM CDT
  • Game weather: 81 °F (27 °C) • Wind: SE 8 • Weather: Partly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 55,958
  • Referee: Mike Defee
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Rece Davis (Play-by-play), David Pollack (Color), Jesse Palmer (Color) & Samantha Ponder
Game information
Overall record Last meeting Result
21–17–3 2013 L, 34–52

Kansas State[edit]

Texas Tech Red Raiders at #23 Kansas State Wildcats – Game summary[15]
1 2 3 4 Total
Red Raiders 0 7 0 6 13
#23 Wildcats 7 17 7 14 45

at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium, Manhattan, KS

  • Date: October 4
  • Game time: 6:00 PM CDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 63 °F (17 °C) • Wind: W 9 • Weather: Partly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 52,726
  • Referee: Greg Burks
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Clay Matvick (Play-by-play), Anthony Becht (Color) & Cara Capuano (Sideline)
Game information
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–6 2013 L, 49–26

West Virginia[edit]

West Virginia Mountaineers at Texas Tech Red Raiders – Game summary[16]
1 2 3 4 Total
Mountaineers 3 7 10 17 37
Red Raiders 14 7 6 7 34

at Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, TX

  • Date: October 11
  • Game time: 11:00 AM CDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 50 °F (10 °C) • Wind: NNE 14 • Weather: Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 58,502
  • Referee: Reggie Smith
  • TV announcers (FS1): Joe Davis (Play-by-play), Joey Harrington (Color) & Kris Budden (Sideline)
Game information
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 2013 W, 37–27

Kansas[edit]

Kansas Jayhawks at Texas Tech Red Raiders  – Game summary[17]
1 2 3 4 Total
Jayhawks 0 7 14 0 21
Red Raiders 10 7 10 7 34

at Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, TX

  • Date: October 18
  • Game time: 2:30 CDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 62 °F (17 °C) • Wind: E 8 MPH • Weather: cloudy
  • Game attendance: 54,071
  • Referee: Randy Christal
  • TV announcers (FSN): Mark Followill (Play-by-play), Brian Baldinger (Color) & Leslie McCaslin (Sideline)
Game information
Overall record Last meeting Result
14–1 2013 W, 54–16

TCU[edit]

Texas Tech Red Raiders at #10 TCU Horned Frogs – Game summary[18]
1 2 3 4 Total
Red Raiders 17 3 7 0 27
#10 Horned Frogs 24 13 31 14 82

at Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX

  • Date: October 25
  • Game time: 2:30 PM CDT
  • Game weather: 88 °F (31 °C) • Wind: SW 8 • Weather: Sunny and clear
  • Game attendance: 45,122
  • Referee: Dan Romeo
  • TV announcers (FOX): Joe Davis (Play-by-play), Joey Harrington (Color) & Kris Budden (Sideline)
Game information
Overall record Last meeting Result
30–23–3 2013 W, 20–10

Texas[edit]

Texas at Texas Tech
1 2 3 4 Total
Longhorns 3 14 3 14 34
Red Raiders 6 7 0 0 13
  • Date: November 1
  • Location: Jones AT&T Stadium
    Lubbock, TX
  • Game start: 6:30 PM CDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:32
  • Game attendance: 60,961
  • Game weather: Temperature: 65 °F (18 °C) • Wind: SSE 22 • Weather: Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: Greg Burks
  • TV announcers (FS1): Tim Brando (Play-by-play) & Brady Quinn (Color)
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
15–48 2013 L, 16–41

Oklahoma[edit]

#24 Oklahoma at Texas Tech
1 2 3 4 Total
Sooners 0 7 14 21 42
Red Raiders 7 7 7 9 30
  • Date: November 15
  • Location: Jones AT&T Stadium
    Lubbock, TX
  • Game start: 2:30 PM CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:39
  • Game attendance: 59,014
  • Game weather: Temperature: 71 °F (22 °C) • Wind: W 19 • Weather: Clear
  • Referee: Mike Defee
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Bob Wischusen (Play-by-play), Matt Millen (Color) & Quint Kessenich (Sideline)
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–15 2013 L, 30–38

Iowa State[edit]

Texas Tech at Iowa State
1 2 3 4 Total
Red Raiders 14 0 13 7 34
Cyclones 7 10 7 7 31
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–3 2013 W, 42–35

Baylor[edit]

Texas Tech vs #5 Baylor
1 2 3 4 Total
Red Raiders 0 17 10 19 46
Baylor 7 21 17 3 48
  • Date: November 29
  • Location: AT&T Stadium
    Arlington, TX
  • Game start: 2:30 PM CST
  • Elapsed time: 4:04
  • Game attendance: 54,179
  • Game weather: Temperature: 76 °F (24 °C) • Wind: SSW 17 • Weather: Sunny
  • Referee: Randy Christal
  • TV announcers (ABC/ESPN2): Mark Jones (Play-by-play), Rod Gilmore (Color) & Jessica Mendoza (Sideline)
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
36–35–1 2013 L, 34–63

Depth Chart[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Myerberg, Paul (August 14, 2014). "USA TODAY Sports' Preseason All-America College Football Team". USA Today. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
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  4. ^ Williams, Don (February 13, 2014). "Tech Notebook: Morris Promoted to Offensive Coordinator". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved September 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ Trotter, Jake (September 18, 2014). "Tech DC Matt Wallerstedt Resigns". ESPN. Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
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  8. ^ "Red Raiders Top Central Arkansas, 42–35, in Season Opener". Texas Tech University Department of Athletics. August 31, 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Texas Tech at UTEP Game Summary". Big 12. Retrieved December 20, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Texas Tech Scores Late, Holds off UTEP, 30-26". ESPN. September 7, 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
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