Fixing the Problems

Since the Oklahoma game, Tech has looked out of sync and lost, but is the mood of the team different.

Texas Tech has given up 807 rushing yards over its last two games, this coming three weeks after the Red Raiders took down the Oklahoma in a thrilling 41-38 upset in Norman.

Many of Tech's players said they are not dwelling on the victory over the Sooners, but people are trying to find an explanation for the team's sudden collapse, not only defensively, but offensively as well.

Tech quarterback Seth Doege said the team hasn't changed since the Oklahoma game and they are just trying to find something to get back on track.

"It's just one of those things we need to figure out," he said. "We need to go back to that and play that way. And I feel like if we play that way we're going to be a very hard team to beat."

Since the Oklahoma game, much of the focus has been on Tech's inability to stop the run, but the team's offense has also had trouble scoring in every facet of the game.

Tech went in to face an Iowa State team who had lost its previous four games and gave up over 2,000 yards in the process.

The Red Raiders were held to seven points.

Then on Saturday they went into Austin to take on the No. 25 Texas Longhorns where they were held to 20 points, their lowest point total against UT since 2005.

Questions are being asked of the team and everyone seems to want to know how the team's attitude has been affected.

Donnie Carona, Tech's senior place kicker, has seen his career rejuvenated this year after Matt Williams graduated, and said the team's attitude has taken a hit, but they are doing the best they can to power through it.

"I think the seniors do a good job of making sure after Sunday you watch the film and you can't sulk on the last game," he said. "You have to go back and be excited for the next one."

Getting excited may just be what Tech needs to do, but if this was their formula for the game against UT, it didn't seem to work.

The Red Raiders have five wins. It only takes one more to become bowl eligible. However, the last three opponents on Tech's schedule are either ranked, or have been ranked at some point this season.

Tech is 1-3 against ranked opponents this year, and their one win, which came of course against Oklahoma who hadn't lost at home since 2005, but it was only by three points.

It is going to take everything Tech has to win just one of these last three games, Doege said his team has done a good job of sticking together because they know they need to, to win any of these games.

"It's part of my job and the senior's job and the guys that have leadership roles to make sure we stay intact and keep growing as a football team," he said, "because we can be very good once we put everything on the table and play like we know how to play."

If Tech does not win one of these last three games, they will not be bowl eligible. This would be the first time in Big 12 play the Red Raiders would find themselves not bowl bound – snapping a 19-year streak of bowl eligible seasons.

Tech will try to break its two game losing streak this Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium at 11 a.m. against the number two ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys.


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