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Texas Tech Ready To Play After Early Bye Week

Sep 11, 2017

Broderick Washington could only flip through the channels, only able to watch snippets of each football game before he got annoyed.

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“It was very strange,” Washington said. “It wasn’t fun watching the other teams play and we were just sitting at home watching and not having a game.”

The defensive tackle wished it was Texas Tech that was playing. The Red Raiders had a rare bye week in the second week of the season before they take on Arizona State on Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium (7 p.m.)

“Anytime you come off a win you have good vibe going,” Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “(With the bye week we) have to continue to work hard and have physical and intense practices.”

Kingsbury added that while the Red Raiders did not scrimmage it had “some psychical practices, but it was a quick lighter deal take advantage of the down time but keep our intensity and focus “

Cameron Batson said it was “kinda, sorta” weird not to have a game so early in the season, but that he could only “worry about it you what you control and do what we can to make the Texas Tech Red Raiders look good on Saturdays.”

Washington did have one positive about the bye week, though.

“It helped us a lot because while (Arizona State was) worrying about their next game were were getting prepared for things they might do in a game against us.”

Game-time decisions

Offensive tackle Travis Bruffy and kicker Clayton Hatfield missed Texas Tech’s season opener Saturday against Eastern Washington. Bruffy was out with an illness, Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said, and Hatfield was sidelined by a leg injury.

Sunday, Kingsbury said both are game-time decisions for Saturday’s contest versus the Sun Devils. Sophomore Madison Akamnonu took Bruffy’s place at left tackle against Eastern Washington on Sept. 2.

“We are working through that and it will probably be a game-time decision,” Kingsbury said. “We are going to make sure he is full-go and can operate at full capacity

Hatfield’s injury led to the first career action for Michael Ewton, a freshman from Allen. He went 8 for 8 on extra points and did not attempt a field goal.

“Same deal, it will be a game-time decision (for Hatfield),” Kingsbury said. “Hopefully, we can get him some reps in practice this week and see how his leg feels and go from there.”

Faster start

Texas Tech ran 12 plays on its first three drives and punted all three times.

The slow start was not a sign of things to come, though, as the Red Raiders scored touchdowns on their next seven offensive possessions — and got another touchdown off an interception return.

But against Arizona State, Cameron Batson said Tech won’t get off to the same slow start.

“I feel like we did a great job obviously we did start slow, but once we got rolling we were pretty much unstoppable,” he said.

Justin Stockton was just as confident.

“We are going to be able to start fast,” he said. “We have been working on that and I have full confidence in us to be able to do that.”