Respect Earned

Now with a signature win under their belt, the Red Raiders have earned respect in many areas.


Going into the game against the Boomin' Sooners, the Red Raiders were 28-point underdogs and no one thought that Oklahoma would be upset by Texas Tech, especially at Owens Field.
Tech proved the experts, fans, Associated Press and BCS poll voters wrong with its 41-38 shocker over Oklahoma on Saturday.
Now with a day to let everything to set in that the 4-2 Red Raiders did in fact upset a No. 3 Oklahoma team, which hadn't lost a home game since 2005, at Owens Field to virtually shatter the hopes of Sooner nation on making a trip to the BCS National Title game in January.
It's amazing how fast polls, and minds change about a certain program literally over night, and that's exactly what happened in the case of the Red Raiders.
Entering the game Tech was just seen as a team that has come close to breaking into the polls this season, but fell short with tough back-to-back home losses to Texas A&M and Kansas State earlier this season.
With one game, with one win, Tech is now ranked in all three polls.
On Sunday the Red Raiders came in at No.22 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll, No. 19 in the Associated Press Poll and finally No. 20 in the BCS Poll.
Tech was never ranked in Tommy Tuberville's first season at the helm of the program, but now for the first time since the end of the 2009 season Tech is ranked, and has some respect as a viable opponent.
Tech wrapped up that season with a win against Michigan State in the Alamo Bowl finishing the year No. 21 in the AP Poll and No. 23 in the Coaches Poll.
These are the highest rankings for the Red Raiders since they were ranked No. 12 in the AP Poll and Coaches Poll in 2008, and the first time in the polls since the end of the 2009 campaign.
For the majority of this season the Red Raiders found themselves on the outside looking into the rankings as multiple other Big 12 Conference teams were ranked including a 2-2 Texas A&M team a couple of weeks ago. But now Tech has finally overcome that hurdle and find themselves in the rankings heading into a meeting with Iowa State.
Now on a more individual level Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege has not needed to earn respect this season with his performances thus far.
Following a game where the Frenship High School product looked off the mark for the first time this season, with three interceptions and a fumble, Doege bounced back against No. 3 Oklahoma.
Doege methodically led the Red Raider offense up and down the field time after time helping maintain the lead as Tech never trailed in the game.
Accuracy was not an issue as Doege finished the game 33-for-52 for 441 yards and  a career-high four touchdowns.
With that kind of performance Doege was named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week and also has been nominated for the AT&T ESPN All-American Player of Week again. Doege already won earned that accolade once this season with his performance in the comeback win against Nevada.
On the season Doege continues to etch his name into Red Raider history as he is 238-for-342 for 2,608 yards, 22 touchdowns and just four interceptions, which has already put him past a couple previous greats in their first season as the starter for Texas Tech.
With all of this in mind Tech now continues its march this week against Iowa State looking for its sixth win on the season making them bowl eligible for the 19th consecutive season, which ranks fourth among active streaks in college football.
Then the next test after that will be on the road again down in Austin against a Texas team still trying to find its identity this season.
Respect has been earned, but now can Tech live up to the expectations that will be naturally placed on them in the weeks to come following a win that was a surprise by all measures.

The answer will come at the end of each game for the remainder of the season to see if Tech does not succumb to the pressure of being ranked.


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