2014 Texas Tech Red Raiders football team

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2014 Texas Tech Red Raiders football
Texas Tech Athletics logo.svg
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
2014 record4–8 (2–7 Big 12)
Head coachKliff Kingsbury (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorEric Morris (2nd season)
Offensive schemeAir raid
Defensive coordinatorMatt Wallerstedt (2nd season)
Co-defensive coordinatorMike Smith (2nd season)
Base defenseMultiple[1]
Home stadiumJones AT&T Stadium
(Capacity: 60,454)
Seasons
← 2013
2015 →
2014 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 7 Baylor +   8 1         11 2  
No. 3 TCU +   8 1         12 1  
No. 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]

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 306:00 PMCentral Arkansas*FSSW+W 42–3560,778
September 610:00 PMat UTEP*FS1W 30–2635,422
September 132:30 PMArkansas*
  • Jones AT&T Stadium
  • Lubbock, TX (rivalry)
ABCL 28–4960,277
September 256:30 PMat No. 24 Oklahoma StateESPNL 35–4555,958
October 46:00 PMat No. 23 Kansas StateESPNUL 13–4552,726
October 1111:00 AMWest Virginia
  • Jones AT&T Stadium
  • Lubbock, TX
FS1L 34–3758,502
October 182:30 PMKansasdagger
  • Jones AT&T Stadium
  • Lubbock, TX
FSNW 34–2154,071
October 252:30 PMat No. 10 TCUFOXL 27–8245,122
November 16:30 PMTexas
  • Jones AT&T Stadium
  • Lubbock, TX (rivalry)
FS1L 13–3460,961
November 152:30 PMOklahoma
  • Jones AT&T Stadium
  • Lubbock, TX
ESPNL 30–4259,014
November 222:30 PMat Iowa StateFSNW 34–3150,877
November 292:30 PMvs. No. 7 BaylorABC/ESPN2L 46–4854,179
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the 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 34Total
Bears 3 13 51435
Red Raiders 7 14 71442

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 34Total
Red Raiders 0 16 7730
Miners 6 7 6726

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 34Total
Razorbacks 14 14 71449
Red Raiders 7 14 7028

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 34Total
Red Raiders 7 7 14735
#24 Cowboys 7 14 141045

at Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK

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 34Total
Red Raiders 0 7 0613
#23 Wildcats 7 17 71445

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 34Total
Mountaineers 3 7 101737
Red Raiders 14 7 6734

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 34Total
Jayhawks 0 7 14021
Red Raiders 10 7 10734

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 34Total
Red Raiders 17 3 7027
#10 Horned Frogs 24 13 311482

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 234Total
Longhorns 3 14314 34
Red Raiders 6 700 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 234Total
Sooners 0 71421 42
Red Raiders 7 779 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 234Total
Red Raiders 14 0137 34
Cyclones 7 1077 31
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–3 2013 W, 42–35

Baylor[edit]

Texas Tech vs #5 Baylor
1 234Total
Red Raiders 0 171019 46
Baylor 7 21173 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.
  3. ^ a b "Football Season Ticket Sales Record Surpassed" (Press release). Texas Tech University. April 8, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  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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  10. ^ "Texas Tech Scores Late, Holds off UTEP, 30-26". ESPN. September 7, 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
  11. ^ "Arkansas at Texas Tech Game Summary". Big 12. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  12. ^ Magelssen, Tommy (September 13, 2014). "Five Thoughts: Arkansas Runs Wild Against Texas Tech; Red Raiders Show Much Work to Be Done". The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on September 16, 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
  13. ^ "Arkansas Runs for 7 TDs, Beats Texas Tech 49-28". ESPN. September 14, 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
  14. ^ "Texas Tech at Oklahoma State Game Summary". Big 12. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  15. ^ "Texas Tech at Kansas State Game Summary". Big 12. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
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