by Jarret Johnson for Inside the Red Raiders
The old football adage states “if you have two quarterbacks you have no quarterbacks,” but the Red Raiders utilized both Alan Bowman and Henry Colombi well enough to notch a 24-23 victory over in-state Big 12 rival Baylor last weekend. According to head coach Matt Wells, Texas Tech, which has an open date this weekend, will carry on in the same manner when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater, OK on Nov. 28.
“It’s about 50/50, just like we did last week,” said Wells on Wednesday after practice about who was getting reps with the first team. “Today’s practice I think they went about 50/50 with the 1’s and 2’s, but somebody’s obviously got to take the first snap.”
The biggest difference this week in practice from the previous one is that Bowman is taking the initial snaps with the first team, while Colombi started the Baylor game and had been QB1 since Wells announced it back on Texas Tech’s previous bye week in October.
“If we had to play today, if there was a game today, Alan would take the first series, but we still would anticipate Henry to play at some point,” Wells said. “But, like I said ‘if it was today.’ There’s 10 more days or whatever there is until we get to Stillwater. We’ll see how practice goes the rest of the week and we’ll see how next week goes in terms of their performances in practice.”
Bowman opened the season as the starter with Texas Tech splitting home games against Houston Baptist and Texas, but left early against Kansas State with an ankle injury on Oct. 3 and Colombi filled in nicely throwing for 244 yards and two touchdowns with another 40 yards on the ground. Bowman would start the following week against Iowa State, but was highly ineffective, before being pulled in the fourth quarter for Colombi, who led the Red Raiders on their only offensive scoring drive of the game.
Wells announced a quarterback change the following week, which was a bye week, that Colombi would be the new staring signal caller in place of Bowman. The Red Raiders responded by edging West Virginia in a game which Colombi wasn’t highly productive, but didn’t make many mistakes either. The following week a pair of Colombi interceptions sparked a drubbing at the hands of Oklahoma and then a week later Texas Tech dropped an ugly game against TCU in Fort Worth in which he was sacked five times in the first half and the offense sputtered.
Last week, Colombi made his fourth consecutive start, but shared time with Bowman. It was an ugly start for Bowman, who threw a pick-six on his lone attempt of the first half. It looked like that might be his only action of the game, but Colombi took a big hit on his left (non-throwing) elbow in the second half and Bowman received another opportunity which he took advantage of. His numbers weren’t especially impressive–14-for-23, 181 yards, one interception–but more importantly Bowman would lead Texas Tech on three consecutive scoring drives in the fourth quarter to complete the Red Raiders’ second half double-digit comeback victory.
“By me saying that if we had to play today he would take the first series is more reflective of the fourth quarter from Saturday and how he finished the game,” Wells said.
The quarterbacks have produced remarkably similar numbers this season as both Bowman and Colombi have played in six games for the Red Raiders (3-5 overall, 2-5 in the Big 12). Bowman has completed 104-of-160 passes (65%) for 1,101 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions for a passer rating of 130.99. Colombi has completed 109-of-166 passes (65.66%) for 1,065 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions for a passer rating of 130.64. Colombi has also rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown compared to just 21 yards on the ground from Bowman, but Colombi has lost 86 yards–mostly from sacks–while Bowman posts 0 lost yardage on the ground so it evens out more than one might think.27COMMENTS
“The plan is to play both and once we get into the game it will be very similar to last week,” Wells said. “We’ll just kind of go for a feel and how each one of them are performing.”