Created: 06 September 2013
The first game is in the books, and it was a great way to start off the 2013 season for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Anytime you can go on the road and come away with a “W,” that is a very good trip. SMU is a well-disciplined team, but we did not under estimate them.
Thirty-two hours before the game, the Red Raiders boarded the plane to fly to Dallas. Kliff really took care of the seniors and other starters by putting us in first class on the plane. This was my first experience in first class so I was in shock. We had a TV with all the movies and sports channels, blankets, pillows, Gatorades, and even outlets to charge our electronics. After we landed in Dallas, we ate dinner and then followed that with a trip to the movies. This reminded me of my freshman year; when we traveled, we would go see a movie to relax everybody minds. That night, we saw 2 Guns, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, which was a very good movie. I recommend you to see it.
Sunrise came and my alarm clock sounded. It was finally game day! Friday, August 30, 2013. This was the day I had been preparing for ever since my last shoulder surgery in November. As usual, I started my morning off with thanking the Lord, followed by a hot shower to wake my body up. Then it was off to pre-game meals and meetings where players and coaches got their final rehearsal on what was about to go down that night at 7p.m. on ESPN.
Leading up to the game, I had to hold back all of my emotions that had built up over the past nine months. When you find something you love and realize it can be taken away from you in an instant, you learn to appreciate your love way more. So when I took my first step on the field, everything I had prepared for and worked for was coming together in that moment. I had no worries about my injuries, the hot weather, or the SMU fans; I was ready to ball out!
I am proud of our team as we fought all four quarters to earn our first win of the season. SMU was no cake walk, and we knew that coming into the game. Our offense got the ball rolling, led by true-freshman walk-on quarterback, Baker Mayfield, and their defense could not pick up. And our defense really stepped up. Even though we knocked the ball loose a few times, we had some bad bounces and SMU got lucky. We did not create any turnovers, but we did manage to sack the quarterback, Garrett Gilbert, five times. At one point, Gilbert didn’t even know where we were coming from. The game was a huge success for our defense.
Victory feels great, but now it’s on to the next opponent as we welcome Stephen F. Austin to “The Jones” this Saturday. In Week One, six FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) Division-1 teams were upset by FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) D-1aa teams. Therefore, we know we cannot underestimate SFA and will have to prepare for them the same way we prepare for any other team.
Saturday, September 7, will be an awesome night for some Red Raider football. The new video board and surround sound will amaze and excite you as we chase win #2 on the season. I expect to see you all there yelling and rocking the Jones as we show this week’s opponent what home field advantage is all about.