With the game hanging in the balance Saturday night, Texas Tech needed a playmaker to emerge in order to put away a pesky Central Arkansas team.
Enter Bradley Marquez.
The senior receiver was the spark Tech needed in a tight 4th quarter Saturday night. Marquez came up huge, hauling in touchdown passes of 70 and 27 yards, while leading his team to a closer than expected 42-35 win.
"Without him, we wouldn't have won that game," Kliff Kingsbury said. "A lot of guys were floundering around, and he stepped up and made plays. Very proud of him."
"It was my time," Marquez said. "Somebody needed to step up on this offense and when my number was called I was just able to go make some plays."
Marquez made more plays than just the two touchdown catches. In fact, Marquez piled up 119 of his 184 total receiving yards in the final frame - including a 13 yard first down grab on Tech's final drive to help put the game away.
Overall, Marquez's 11 catches were nearly double what any other Tech receiver had, proving more often than not, when Davis Webb needed a play, Marquez was the man he targeted.
"I embrace that and I want to be that guy," Marquez said. "Being the senior I want to go out there and perform to the best of my abilities. It's not about the stats for me. It's about wins and losses for me and this team and we want to have a great year.
"I'm just excited that he's found that role," Kingsbury said. "And he'll continue to excel at it."
Marquez's big night helped mask what was overall a disappointing game for Texas Tech not only as a team, but more specifically the receiving core.
Reginald Davis was the next most productive receiver hauling in a touchdown of his own, but totaling just 54 yards.
Biletnikoff hopeful Jakeem Grant finished with just six catches for 48 yards and left early with leg cramps.
DJ Polite-Bray was non-existent most of the night, catching just four passes for 35 yards.
Marquez believes the receiving core will get better with time.
"It was just a thing where these young guys were getting their first taste of extended action, or first action in a college football game," he said. "I think you'll see a lot of improvement in the receiving core and as an offense going forward."
For now, Marquez will continue to be the leader of the offense. Not only because he's the lone senior starter along Tech's skill positions, but because of his knack for making big plays. Whatever leads to wins is all that matters to Marquez.
"I just want to do whatever I can for this team and just go out there and go win games."
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