Peaks and Valleys: A Season of Ups and Downs

The season has not been anything but predictable for the Red Raiders.

Texas Tech's 2011 season has been as unpredictable as the most volatile stock on the market. The Red Raiders have trailed at the half in all but three games. Texas Tech's comeback victories have been exciting to say the least. The Red Raiders trailed 10-9 at the half against Texas State before pulling away for a 50-10 win. Tech also trailed Nevada 14-7 before rallying for a 35-34 victory.

At Kansas, the Red Raiders trailed 20-0 in the first quarter and 27-24 at the half. Tech scored 21 points in the third quarter and came away with a 45-34 win. In a home loss to Kansas State, the Red Raiders led 28-20 but fell 41-34.

In the Red Raiders' agonizing 45-40 loss to Texas A&M, Tech never led but had chances to win the game. Saturday's contest with Iowa State most closely resembled last year's 45-7 loss to Oklahoma in Norman. In that game, just like last night, the Red Raiders never led and were outplayed and outcoached.

Coming off what is widely considered as the greatest road victory in school history, the Red Raiders came out as flat as an ironing board and never recovered. Tech trailed 24-7 at the half and had a streak of 69 games with a touchdown pass broken. The last time Tech didn't record a passing touchdown was a 12-3 loss to TCU.

After capturing a huge win and the national spotlight last week, the Red Raiders regressed and did not compete whatsoever last night. This team is young and although the coaching staff made a point not to pin the lackluster performance on the youth of this year's squad, inconsistency is a hallmark of the Red Raiders' lack of experience.

Going into last week's game against Oklahoma, it was fairly evident that Tech was building for the future and not necessarily making a push to challenge the Big 12 elite in 2011. The win in Norman changed that thinking and the Red Raiders had a chance to manufacture a solid 2011 season.

In a season filled with peaks and valleys, the Red Raiders are mired in the lowest of lows right now.  What fans can look forward to at this point is the climb out of the hole. Obviously, no one knows what the remainder of the 2011 season holds, but it is certain that Texas Tech will learn from this loss and improve. A bitter rival in Austin awaits. Stay tuned, but don't forget your blood pressure medicine.

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