The task was simple — run the clock out.
Texas Tech third-string quarterback Colt Garretthanded the ball off to DeMarcus Felton three times.
Then he took two knees to finish off the Red Raiders’ 65-19 win over Kansas in Lawrence on Saturday. His playing time only lasted 2 minutes and 28 seconds and he didn’t even get to throw a pass. But, it meant a lot more to the former Roosevelt standout.
“It was a little bit of a shock. I am not going to lie,” said Garrett, a redshirt freshman. “It was a dream come true and something that I always dreamed about my whole life. I didn’t think it would come this early but it did.
“We were up on them, so we just wanted to run the clock down and juice it a little bit — take the knee when coach (Kliff) King(sbury) called for it. It was a pretty simple game plan for me.”
It might have meant even more to his teammates — at least on Twitter — whom after the game started their own hashtag to celebrate the moment — #Colt4Heisman.
@Colt_Garrett_ for Heisman!!!— Travis Bruffy (@bruffytravis) October 7, 2017
Tech offensive lineman Travis Bruffy tweeted out, “@Colt_Garrett_ for Heisman!!!” after the 46-point win over the Jayhawks. Others, including offensive lineman Jack Anderson, and backup quarterback McLane Carter soon followed.
“Yeah, that was awesome,” Shimonek said. “He’s a kid that just comes and works hard every day and does everything that they ask him to do, and it was actually his first time to travel. Him getting a few reps, that was fun. That was a good time for all of us.”
Garrett threw for 2,491 yards and 28 touchdowns for Roosevelt his senior year, but although he had scholarship offers, they weren’t to his dream school — Texas Tech.
”My family and I sat down at the end of my senior season and looked at all the offers on the table, but growing up a local kid and seeing coach King, Sonny Cumbie and Graham Harrell throw the ball around here I just knew I wanted to take my shot and have no regrets.”
Still chasing that childhood dream, Garrett took a preferred walk-on spot with the Red Raiders. And Saturday, even if he didn’t throw a pass or get to do it at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, he began to live it.
“My parents got to see it on TV and while I do wish it was home game but I know I will have an opportunity in the future,” Garrett said. “I will be looking forward to that and it gives me something to work toward.”
Garrett found out he was going to travel to Lawrence, Kansas for the game last Tuesday, but he didn’t expect to see any action.
“I didn’t know that for sure. I thought maybe if we get up on those guys and McLane gets in a couple of drives and maybe a touchdown they might put me in,” Garrett said. “I probably didn’t prepare as much as I should have, but you have to prepare like you are the backup. You might not have the game plan for you, but you have to know the system and how it all works and which plays to run. When Coach King gives it to you you have to be ready to roll.”
And even though the game still feels like a dream to Garrett, he said he isn’t going to stop working to see te field again soon.
“This is just something I put my whole life into and it is something that I want to do,” he said. “No matter if I am playing, coaching or (a graduate assistant) at a school. This is just a blessing for me and it shows hard work does pay off no matter what the grind is like to get there.”