In a game marred by a poor defensive performance, turnovers on offense, and ultimately, Texas Tech's second straight loss, Jace Amaro continued to be the Red Raiders' bright spot, adding yet another monster performance to his already sterling resume.
The tight end set career highs in catches and yards with 15 and 174 respectively, while also getting in the end zone for the fourth time this season. Unfortunately, Amaro's big game wasn't enough to bring Texas Tech its eighth win of the season, but it did earn him KCBD's Raider Zone Player of the Week for the third time this year.
"I would trade all my stats for a win," Amaro said. "But I've really been working my routes better and getting more separation from defenders than I have in past seasons. I feel like whenever they are guarding me one-on-one, coach Kingsbury has done a great job of getting me the ball."
Despite the career game Amaro enjoyed Saturday, number 22 wasn't totally free of blame for the offensive miscues. For the second straight week Amaro ended a Red Raider drive with a fumble that wound up leading to an opponent scoring drive - a mistake that Amaro holds himself very much accountable for.
"I just can't be doing that as a player that I want to be," Amaro said. "You can't be causing turnovers like that, especially in the two biggest games of the season (OU and OSU). I feel like I've made some crucial mistakes and I need to do a better job of making sure that doesn't happen again."
Obviously, Amaro has made a lot more good plays than bad throughout his Texas Tech career and that will need to continue for the Red Raiders as they prepare for a Kansas State team playing its best football of the season Saturday.
"We have to play the best football that we've played so far," Amaro said, referring to Saturday's game with the Wildcats. "They're going to be a great team and it'll be great if the crowd is back out there jumping around and doing what they do every single week."
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