SEC-Big 12 Preview 2015 – Texas Tech 2017-04-25T11:39:43+00:00
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Allstate Sugar Bowl Looks at Big 12-SEC 2015The Allstate Sugar Bowl secured its future through January 2026 with the announcement that it would host the champions of the Southeastern and Big 12 Conferences in eight of the 12 years between 2014 and 2025. If the champion of either or both leagues is selected for the College Football Playoff, a replacement team from that conference will play in the Sugar Bowl. In the four seasons that the Sugar Bowl is not hosting the Big 12 and the SEC (2014, 2017, 2020, 2023), it will serve as a College Football Playoff Semifinal.

After last year’s Playoff Semifinal game, this year’s Allstate Sugar Bowl will be the first as the official destination for the top available teams from the Big 12 and the SEC. To lead into the season, the Bowl is providing brief previews of each team in the leagues.

Texas Tech2014 Record: 4-8, (2-7, eighth in the Big 12)

Bowl Projections
Athlon: Heart of Dallas Bowl vs. Rice
Phil Steele: Heart of Dallas Bowl vs. Louisiana Tech
ESPN (Schlabach): Heart of Dallas Bowl vs. Rice
AP: Liberty Bowl vs. Ole Miss

Key Returnees
Le’Raven Clark (Sr., LT): All-Big 12 First Team; 38 consecutive starts
Davis Webb (Jr., QB): 211-of-345 for 2,539 yards and 24 TDs
DeAndre Washington (Sr., RB): 188 carries for 1,103 yards and 2 TDs; All-Big 12 Second Team
Branden Jackson (Sr., DE): 44 total tackles, 10.5 TFLs, 5 sacks, 2 FR, 2 QBH, 2 PBU, 1 FF

Key Stat
Texas Tech will return 10 offensive starters, including all-conference left tackle Le’Raven Clark and running back DeAndre Washington, hoping to build on the last few games of the year when they seemed to get things on track.

Key Early Games
Saturday, Sept. 19 at Arkansas (6 p.m. CT, ESPN2): The Red Raiders struggled against the run in last year’s matchup with Arkansas losing 49-28 at home as Razorback running back Jonathan Williams tallied 145 rushing yards and four TDs (6, 13, 12 and 6 yards).

Saturday, Sept. 26 vs. TCU: In its first conference game of the season, Texas Tech will look to redeem itself after last year’s 82-27 loss to TCU. Horned Frog QB Trevone Boykin went for a school record seven TDs and the 82 points are a Big 12 record in a conference game.

Senior Spotlight
Le’Raven Clark (@LeRavenC ) is a 6-foot-6, 308 pound offensive lineman from Rockdale, Texas. Clark was named All-Big 12 First Team last year after starting all 12 games at left tackle and paving the way for Tech’s first 1,000-yard rusher (DeAndre Washington) since 1998. The team as a whole rushed for 1,836 yards which is also the most since 1998 (2,219). Clark and the offensive line allowed just 13 sacks. He enters 2015 with 38 consecutive starts.

YouTube Red Raiders
As a junior, running back DeAndre Washington became the first Red Raider to rush for over 1,000 yards (1,103) since 1998 (Ricky Williams – 1,582). He tallied a career high 181 yards on 18 carries, including a career long 72 yard touchdown run in a 34-31 win over Iowa State.