First Look: Texas Tech

Red Raiders bring dangerous passing attack, struggling team

For the third time in the past four games, Oklahoma will look across the sideline at a team that has spent the past two weeks preparing for the Sooners.

Kansas State had two weeks to get ready for Oklahoma.

Iowa State had the same time period, although it didn’t seem to matter.

Now, Texas Tech will have spent 14 days studying the Sooners when the game kicks off on Saturday.

The one thing that the Red Raiders can’t learn from watching tape is how to level off its roller coaster of a season.

“It's all up here, and it's all down here,” linebacker Micah Awe said after the Red Raiders’ loss to Texas two weeks ago. “We've just got to work on that, and it's an ongoing process. We're going to have a long off-season, but we're still in season right now, so we're going to move on to Oklahoma and do our best and make sure we have it here and here.”

Texas Tech has lost six of the past seven games, with the only victory coming against Kansas. But Lubbock, Texas, has always been a troublesome destination for the Sooners.

With an offense very similar to the quick passing attacks that Oklahoma has failed against for much of the Big 12 Conference season, there is plenty to worry about. The Red Raiders could very well be a wolf in sheep’s clothing for the Sooners, who lost their second Big 12 home game for the first time under Stoops last week.

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury believes his team will rally around its veteran leadership.

“They're resilient,” he said. “It's senior night for that OU game, so we'll get back, get a bunch of reps in next week, try to improve and come back, but they owe it to those seniors to play their best game when we play here against OU.”

The Red Raiders (3-6, 1-5) have the ninth-ranked passing offense in the entire country with a 6.91-yard per attempt average. That means just one thing – a short, dink-and-dunk passing game.

They’ve done it while going through three different quarterbacks. Third-string quarterback Vincent Testaverde had to step in last game for Patrick Mahomes, who played in place of an injured Davis Webb.

Kingsbury believes that Webb will be ready to play against Oklahoma (6-3, 3-3).

“With the bye week, I think we'll be ready to go,” he said.

Running back Deandre Washington said the bye week couldn’t have come at a better time for Texas Tech, which has stumbled in its second year under Kingsbury after finishing last season with a Holiday Bowl victory.

Kingsbury, whose job security has been questioned in recent weeks, feels that the team has stayed together all season. “They've practiced hard, they've worked hard, and it's a good group of guys,” Kingsbury said.


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