Texas Tech offense shines, as Red Raiders breeze by FIU 54-21

Published: Sep. 18, 2021 at 5:17 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 18, 2021 at 9:42 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - The Texas Tech football team’s offense found its rhythm in a 54-21 blowout win over Florida International Saturday night.

The Red Raiders got off to a bit of a slow start once again against the Panthers, giving up a three-yard touchdown run to cap off a nine-play 88-yard drive.

Shortly after, Texas Tech had another muffed punt on their return team, this time by Adrian Frye. It was recovered by FIU; however, the defense made up for the turnover, forcing one of their own. Marquise Waters intercepted Max Bortenschlager’s pass and took it back 72 yards for the pick-six touchdown.

But once the second quarter began, the rout was on. Texas Tech went on to score 28 points in the quarter while holding the Panthers to just one score.

The Red Raiders scored a touchdown on all four of their drives in the quarter, including two touchdown passes to tight end Travis Koontz from a play action pass by Tyler Shough.

In the third quarter, with a comfortable lead, Tech added another nine points while giving up just seven to the Panthers. Kicker Jonathan Garibay missed a PAT field goal, leaving the lead at 44-21 heading to the fourth quarter.

In the final quarter, the Red Raiders had two more scoring drives, with one capped off by a 19-yard touchdown run by back-up quarterback, Henry Colombi.

Shough’s night ended early in the fourth quarter as he had a career night, completing 26 of his 35 passes for a career high 399 yards and four touchdowns.

Coming into the week, offensive coordinator, Sonny Cumbie talked about wanting to get other players involved on the offensive end and Texas Tech answered the challenge as 11 different players recorded a catch in the game.

Kaylon Geiger Sr. led the team with six receptions for 121 yards. The team’s leading pass catcher, Erik Ezukanma, did not have a target in the game until the closing minute of the second quarter. He finished the game with three catches for 28 yards.

Tahj Brooks was once again the lead running back in the backfield with nine carries for 47 yards.

But after starting the game on the sideline, star running back Sarodorick Thompson made his season debut with four carries for 11 yards and one touchdown.

Next week, Texas Tech kicks-off Big 12 conference play on the road in Austin against rival, Texas. The game is set for 11 a.m. and is set to air on ABC.

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