The Oklahoma Sooners return home for the first time since the beginning of the month. Hosting a plethora of recruits, Lincoln Riley and the rest of the staff hope for a dominant performance on the field. It’s homecoming weekend as the Texas Tech Red Raiders make their way to Norman, Oklahoma. Here’s a look at the Kliff Kingsbury led program by the numbers.
Throughout seven games this season, the Texas Tech offense has put up an average of 514 yards per game. Ranking fourth in conference, it would appear as though the Red Raiders are nearly unstoppable on the offensive side of the ball. Helping to support the case, TTU scores at a clip of 40.3 points each and every outing. However, it fails to tell the entire story.
While the offense may be able to move the ball downfield, the Red Raiders struggle — by comparison — to punch the ball into the endzone when crossing into the redzone. Over the course of the year, Texas Tech has found themselves in the redzone 37 times. Converting 26 of those attempts into scores, TTU adds points to the board 70.27% of the time. The mark ranks last in the conference.
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Through the air, Nic Shimonek leads the charge. Completing 70.9% of his passes, the quarterback has thrown for 2,341 yards alongside 18 touchdowns to 5 interceptions. The signal caller likes to target Keke Coutee most often. Hauling in 53 receptions this year, Coutee averages 14.04 yards per catch. Crossing the goal line six times, the JR receiver remains a large part of the offensive scheme moving forward.
On the ground, Justin Stockton has received a majority of the ball carrying responsibilities. The senior running back has received 76 carries through seven games this year. While the Red Raiders favor the air raid style of offense, Stockton has made his presence known on the field. Banking on defenses selling out to stop the pass, the senior has rushed for 495 yards. That’s an average of 6.51 yards per carry. It’s a number that ranks second in the Big 12 this season.
This offense is going to test the Oklahoma Sooners secondary — a group that has proven to be susceptible to big plays from lesser opponents. It will be on the shoulders of Mike Stoops to put his players in a position to succeed. Will fans once again see a shootout?