The Red Raiders did just about anything they wanted on offense in the 42-35 victory over Iowa State.
Texas Tech amassed over 660 yards of offense and put 42 points on the board. So naturally, this week's Player of the Week selection is an offensive guy. While Davis Webb's performance was good enough to earn the Big 12's offensive player of the week, we went a different direction - in the backfield.
The Red Raider running back-by-committee had its best game of the season Saturday, as the three-headed attack of Kenny Williams, DeAndre Washington and SaDale Foster all posted more than 80 rushing yards and all three found the end zone.
But with the game still hanging in the balance late in the 4th quarter, Foster's 38-yard touchdown run gave Texas Tech a 42-28 lead and wound up being the one-touchdown difference in the final score. As a result, Foster wins KCBD's Raider Zone Player of the Week.
"The line did a great job," Foster said. "We came out in a lot of running sets and (Iowa State) still left a DB on the field so they were expecting pass a lot. That helped us be able to penetrate through the line and break those tackles of those DB's."
Foster did plenty of tackle-breaking. In all, he carried the rock just nine times but totaled 87 rushing yards. Good for 9.7 yards per carry, which remarkably, is just a touch higher than what he's averaging for the entire season (9.5 ypc). On his 38-yard, back-breaking touchdown run, Foster's game-changing vision played a crucial role in finding the outside cut lane.
"The play was called and me and Kenny talked it through," Foster explained. "I knew there would be a cut back lane somewhere, we just didn't know where. The lane wound up being outside instead of inside like it usually is. I found it and I went around and saw the open field and just ran for my life."
In last week's win over Kansas, Texas Tech used its running game to spark the offense after a sluggish start. This week, the Red Raiders leaned on a running attack that carried the ball 45 times for a season-high 251 yards.
"Us as a running backs corps, we like to think of it as the running backs get the game started and we start the big plays," Foster said. "We take pride in that. Last week we sparked the offense to get going, this week we wanted to start a little bit faster and be a little more productive in the running game and we made it happen."
With a quarterback situation relying heavily on freshman arms, a strong running attack would be huge for a Texas Tech team that hits the road the next two weeks, beginning this Saturday against the West Virginia Mountaineers (3-3, 1-2).
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