What a difference a year makes.
A bulkier, confident and more accurate Davis Webb put the Big 12 Conference on notice with a stellar performance in Texas Tech's annual Spring Game on Saturday morning in front of a record crowd of 19,500 at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Webb threw for 354 yards on 25-of-37 passing and four touchdowns to lead the Offense to a 37-30 win over the Defense. He tossed TD passes to four different receivers in the game and ended up with 13 total touchdown passes spanning the Midland Scrimmage, Friday Night Lights and today's game.
"We have a chance to be a really good team," Webb said following the game. "We're flying under the radar and that's what we want and there's no reason why you shouldn't expect this team to be one of the best teams to ever play at Texas Tech."
Webb wasted no time putting the offense on the board as he engineered a 67-yard opening drive, capped off with a six-yard touchdown pass to Rodney Hall to take a 6-0 lead. Webb was 7-for-8 on the drive for a total 55 yards passing. The defense managed to block the extra point on the opening drive for their first points of the game and made the score 6-2.
Freshman linebacker Collin Bowen helped the defense further close the gap on the next possession as he intercepted backup quarterback Tanner Tausch. The interception gave the defense three points and cut the offensive lead to 6-5.
Trailing 7-5, backup quarterback Tanner Tausch led the offense on a 75-yard drive that ended on an 8-yard TD pass to Shawn Corker. The score put the offense back in the lead at 12-7.
Webb needed just one throw on the ensuing possession to build the offensive lead to 20-7, as he connected with Jakeem Grant on a 75-yard touchdown pass.
The quick start by the offense was something noted by head coach Kliff Kingsbury as a key for the Red Raiders.
"We have a lot more confidence than last year," Kingsbury said. "Last year we just tried to install and the guys are trying to figure us out and figure out our expectations. They know what they can be after that bowl game and carry that confidence over to being a top fifteen team. They know what they can be if they put it all together, so that's exciting."
Bradley Marquez was the third receiver to haul in a touchdown pass from Webb and helped the offense build a 27-8 lead. Webb threw a perfect 23-yard strike to the corner of the end zone to give him 191 yards passing in the first quarter.
Webb's fourth touchdown pass of the game came just before halftime on a 10-play, 75 yard drive. Webb connected with running back Quinton White for an 11-yard TD pass, giving him four different targets on touchdown passes in the first half. The score gave the offense a 34-19 halftime lead.
The scoring dropped off in the second half with the defense outscoring the offense 6-3 and all nine points coming in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore defensive back Keenon Ward paced the defense with five tackles.Season tickets for the 2014 season are available for purchase by calling the athletics ticket office at (806) 742-TECH or online at www.texastech.com. Texas Tech opens it season at home against Central Arkansas on Aug. 30.