Moving Forward

Tech talks Missouri during Monday's Media Luncheon,both squads are 5-5 looking to become bowl bound.

Missouri's quarterback James Franklin has run for 11 touchdowns this year. Texas Tech has given up 13 rushing touchdowns in their last three games.

Both Missouri and Texas Tech enter the game this weekend with 5-5 records. However, the Tigers come into this game having won two of their last three games, including victories against UT and Texas A&M, teams the Red Raiders lost to.

Head coach Tommy Tuberville said Missouri presents a different challenge than the teams they have been playing recently and both teams are fighting for their postseason lives.

"There are four teams in this conference that are five and five," he said. "So we're all trying to win one or two more games, trying to get to a Bowl game or a better Bowl game as we go."

Tech's issues remain very much the same as the rest of the year. Missouri can run the ball, and the Red Raiders cannot stop the run.

The Red Raiders sit 117th in the nation in run defense giving up 243 rushing yards per game, while the Tigers sit 12th in the nation in rushing offense with 234 yards per game.

Missouri is also led by a quarterback who can move very well as he leads the team with 11 rushing touchdowns.

He expects this team to run, Tuberville said, but when the Tigers get a team focused on stopping their run game, they can come out and hurt you with the pass.

"They're very multiple in what they do formation-wise," he said. "Their plays are run out of different formations, which make them look very, very complicated. They're very well coached. They know what they're doing."

This will be Tech's 10th week in a row after their bye week, and the season will not get any easier from here.

The Red Raiders close out the season facing three offenses that rank in the top 15 in the nation. They lost to the number three offensive team in the nation in Oklahoma State last week, Missouri is ranked 12th and they play Baylor next week who is ranked 2nd.

It does not help that Texas Tech's offense has not done much either. The defense cannot be let off the hook since they have given up 159 points over the last three games, but the Red Raider offense only scored 27 points over that stretch, the lowest three game total since 1999.

Tech quarterback Seth Doege said the team's attitude is still positive, but they need to figure out how to get back to the offensive power of the early season.

He said the team needs to have the right mentality if they hope to win either of these last two games starting when the Red Raiders take on Missouri on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Columbia.

"We're a good football team. I think it's just one of those things where each individual needs to look inside and see we're great players," he said. "We have some talent here, and we need to believe in what we can do and believe in our coaches and go out there and execute."


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