Texas Tech football has always been known for it’s hurry-up, speed style offenses. If executed to perfection, a no huddle offense can effectively neutralize even the most talented defenses through exhaustion.
The hurry-up, no huddle offense is run nation wide, but in 2013 no collegiate program used it more than Kliff Kingsbury and Texas Tech.
The Red Raiders were in attack mode throughout the whole season, averaging 90 offensive plays per game. After every snap Tech players immediately find the new line of scrimmage and get set. With only a brief play signal from the sidelines, Tech was able to run plays within ten seconds of each other if needed.
The true potential of Kinsbury’s high paced offensive assault was displayed in the Holiday bowl victory. With true freshman quarterback Davis Webb leading the Red Raiders charge, they amassed 484 yards of total offense and five touchdowns against 14th ranked Arizona State.
By the end of the 2013 season, the hasty approach resulted in a total of 6,643 yards and 54 touchdowns for Texas Tech, all the while keeping Big 12 defenses gasping for air.
Looking ahead to the 2014 season, more of the same style of offensive can be expected. The Red Raiders are built around speed. However with Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s recent proposal of the “Ten Second rule”, the Red Raiders style of play could be in jeopardy.
If Saban’s rule was adopted, and made effective by the NCAA, it would force all offenses to wait at least ten seconds in between plays before snapping the ball. Saban argues that anything at a faster pace than that is putting defensive players health in jeopardy.
The rule has been publicly denounced by coaches around the country, so it was no surprise when Kingsbury joined the opposition and defended the Red Raiders style play.
Kingsbury expressed his displeasure for the “Saban Rule” to ESPN’s outside the lines report, “I know the last three losses he’s had have been against so up-tempo teams,” Kingsbury said. “So I’ll just leave it at that.”
The proposed rule is set to be reviewed on March 6th by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel.
If the rule is passed, Kingsbury will have some offensive adjusting to do, but can still be expected to conduct as fast of an attack deemed legal. Running more plays than any team in the nation allowed the Red Raiders to gas their opponents and was a key characteristic in their successful season.