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Texas Tech's offense never showed up consistently on Saturday night while the Red Raider defense once again played better than everyone thought they would, but bad penalties and a lack of a rushing game doomed the Red Raiders in the end.

Texas' 22-play, 80 yard drive that consumed 9:25 and covered parts of the third and fourth quarters effectively deflated an already tired Texas Tech defense. That drive was kept alive by an ill-advised taunting penalty on Will Ford, which came after a Red Raider stop on 3rd and 13. A sputtering offense and a tired defense is not a good combination.
Texas Tech's defense played well for the most part, but it was on the field for too long.

Tuberville on the defensive performance:

"Defensively we held our own most of the time. I thought if we got that many turnovers and played that well defensively, that we'd be right in there ahead. .. You've got to learn from it. I told the team we played in spurts, no consistency.  We'll come back tomorrow, look at the film, and try to get better."

Both Scott Smith and Jarvis Phillips big plays helped Texas Tech stop Texas' momentum and provided a great spark for the entire team. Smith had two sacks, an interception, and a forced fumble. Phillips had two interceptions and the first pick-six for the Red Raiders since Daniel Charbonnet had one against UT in 2008.

Scott Smith on the defense:

"I thought we had a good week of preparation. We were pretty fired up before the game. Coach told us we were going to get five turnovers before the game, we were all pretty hyped."
Offensively, there are no good numbers for Texas Tech:
Seven first downs won't get it done in Big 12 play, whether you're playing Texas or not.
The Red Raiders went 3-13 on 3rd down.

Tuberville on the offense:

"It's just I did a poor job of getting the offense ready to play. We were over-emotional to begin with. The bad snap (on our first offensive possession) put us in a big bind. That's just our guys, we were too psyched up."

Three turnovers, two by interception and one by fumble, won't win you football games against top-10 teams.

Detron Lewis was the leading receiver with 6 catches for 42 yards

18 rushes for -14 yards just hurts.

144 yards of total offense is the worst offensive performance in 20 years for Texas Tech.

Tuberville on rushing offense:

"We're not going to be a good football team and you can't win championships unless you can run it.  We've got to be able to run it downhill. We're not going to give up on running the football. We're not going to be a team that throws it 70, 80 time. You can't do that."



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