LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Kliff Kingsbury is glad Texas Tech's defense is stepping up, especially when the Red Raiders' offense struggled like it did Saturday night.
"They've done a great job, really, the first four weeks in leading this team," the first-year coach said after the No. 25th-ranked Red Raiders beat Texas State 33-7. "Hopefully they keep doing that and the offense can catch up."
Backup quarterback Davis Webb threw for two touchdowns and 310 yards for Texas Tech.
He threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Eric Ward in the third quarter and a 10-yarder to Bradley Marquez in the fourth after Texas State failed on a fake punt deep in its own territory.
Webb finished 19 for 43 and had two interceptions.
Texas Tech's defense got the lone touchdown of the first half when linebacker Will Smith returned a fumble 9 yards.
Ryan Bustin added four field goals for the Red Raiders (4-0).
"We can't be settling for field goals," Marquez said. "As an offense we need to finish out in the red zone."
Texas State (2-1) struggled against a stingy Red Raiders defense that gave up only 232 total yards. Bobcats running back Robert Lowe scored on a 49-yard run — a career-long rush for the sophomore.
Bobcats quarterback Tyler Arndt was responsible for two of the team's three turnovers. He was 12 for 23 for 108 yards.
Texas State coach Dennis Franchione said his defense kept the game close until the second half.
"I thought our defense gave us a chance the way they played for a long time, then they gave up a few plays in the second half," he said. "Shouldn't have let them convert some third downs."
Texas Tech finished with 552 total yards.
Jace Amaro caught nine passes for 86 yards and Marquez caught six passes for 84 yards to lead the Red Raiders.
Starting quarterback Baker Mayfield, who was replaced by Webb early in the second quarter, returned to the game late in the fourth quarter. He was 14 for 20 for 124 yards and one interception.
Kingsbury said his youthful QBs will mature.
"We've got to do a lot better with that position overall," Kingsbury said. "I told them both they're probably going to play the rest of the year. Two freshman quarterbacks, that's what you get early on and we'll continue to get better."
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