One thing Kansas State’s defense will need to watch for today is misdirection from Texas Tech’s offense.
By sending players in motion and using play action last week against TCU, the Red Raiders were able to draw linebackers away from the middle of the field. That created plenty of space for quarterback Seth Doege to find open receivers. Here’s one example.
By sending a running back in motion, Texas Tech has drawn the attention of TCU’s middle linebacker. As the ball is snapped, he approaches the line of scrimmage to defend a possible pass in the flats.
But with TCU playing zone coverage on the corners, the Texas Tech receiver on the top of the above photo can slip by easily. Notice that he has slipped behind two defenders who are covering a running back and has gone unnoticed by two other defenders who are covering another receiver. TCU is using four defenders to cover two players, who are essentially decoys.
That leaves plenty of space over the middle for Doege to complete a pass. If not for a good tackle from the TCU safety, Texas Tech could have scored on this play.
Texas Tech also went to the middle on its game-winning touchdown pass in triple overtime, which you can watch below.
A fake handoff is all it takes for TCU defenders to hesitate and make it easy for Texas Tech to score. As receiver Alex Torres explained in this article, “As soon as he bites up and sees the run fake, I sneak right behind him. Doege throws it while his back’s turned, and it’s a ball only I should be able to catch.”