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Willis Named National Coordinator of the Week

James Willis and the Red Raider defense held Missouri to 62 total yards in the second half

James Willis and the Red Raider defense held Missouri to 62 total yards in the second half
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Nov. 8, 2010

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech defensive coordinator James Willis was named the Rivals National Coordinator of the Week, the website announced Monday.

Willis, the Red Raiders first-year defensive coordinator, led the Tech defense last week to a 24-17 victory over then-No. 14 Missouri. After allowing 14 points during the game's opening seven minutes, the Red Raider defense held Missouri to only three points the remainder of the contest.

In fact, Texas Tech held Missouri to only 62 total yards and three first downs during the second half.

The Red Raiders held the Tigers to a season-low 95 yards through the air while limiting Missouri to its lowest passing total since a 72-yard output against Baylor in 2005.

Both of Missouri's touchdowns were on the ground, marking the first time this season Texas Tech has held its opponent without a passing score.

Texas Tech limited Missouri to 1-for-12 on third-down conversions, and Missouri had only two drives in the second half that didn't end in 3-and-outs. In addition, Texas Tech held the edge in time of possession 39:41-to-20:19.

Willis is the second member of the Texas Tech football program this season to earn a weekly national honor, following senior quarterback Taylor Potts who was named the AT&T National Player of the Week following the Red Raiders victory at the Cotton Bowl against Baylor on Oct. 9.

 

 

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