One More Win ... Hasn't Come Easily

All Tech has been looking for all season has been one more win to ensure bowl eligibility but it hasn't been easy to come by a win of late.

Since the victory against Oklahoma all Texas Tech has been looking for is one more win.

One more win to get the team a sixth a decisive victory to ensure the squad's bowl eligibility, one more win to ensure a non-losing season and one more win to prevent the inevitable – a losing season.

But that win hasn't come, and the injuries have piled up and have continued to pile up week in and week out making it harder and harder to overcome that challenge of getting that elusive one win.

"No, I don't really feel that," Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege said about there being added pressure to this game. "You would think that because it's our last game and it's a one-game season. If we don't win, it will be our last game. But the feeling I get from this team is we're excited to play again. There is no added pressure. The thing is we have a goal in mind, and that is to win and be bowl eligible, and that's all that matters. "That's been the goal ever since Texas State. So nothing's changed, and there's no added pressure."

It has almost seen like two completely different seasons for the Red Raiders.

The beginning brought success, and arguably a positive start considering a 5-2 start, including a surprise victory over Oklahoma.

But since that start all that has come is losses. 41-7 to Iowa State, 52-20 to Texas, 66-6 to Oklahoma State and the topper a 31-27 loss to a 5-5 Missouri Tiger team.

In all of these games except for three quarters in the Missouri game, the offense has not been at all potent or even firing, and injuries have played a huge role in that.

Going into Saturday's game the running back position is a huge area of concern since the loss of Eric Stephens, DeAndre Washington and now possibly Aaron Crawford.

Heading into the game Crawford and Kenny Williams are listed on the depth chart at the running back position, but the game will tell if there is any production out of that duo.

The loss of Alex Torres and Austin Zouzalik have also hindered the wide receiving corps and special teams of the Red Raiders as well since Torres and Zouzalik returned punts for Tech this season.

With all the injuries the team has taken some setbacks, Texas Tech Head Coach Tommy Tuberville said, but where those injuries will hurt the most is going into the spring.

"No, we've already gotten put behind. We'll probably have seven or eight surgeries in the next two weeks of having, and those guys will not be in spring practice," he said. "That's what's going to hurt us more than anything. We've got players that are playing after the season's over we'll fix whatever is ailing them, and we've got quite a few doing that. We haven't talked about it much all year, but there are several guys that have gone through a lot just to participate."

Entering this week Tech has to face a Baylor team that is not only good, but at some points this season have been great.

Robert Griffin III has been the catalyst to the offense and success for the Bears this season and will try and avenge last seasons 45-38 loss to Tech in the Cotton Bowl.

Injuries have not been a problem for the Bears thus far and now look to take down the Red Raiders for the first time since September 20, 1995.

Baylor for the second straight week could make program history – take down Tech for the first time in Big 12 play after beating Oklahoma for the first time ever.

If the Red Raiders are able to somewhat pull together enough players and get what would be considered a surprise victory and extend its winning streak over Baylor to 16-straight seasons, Tech would become the ninth team to be bowl eligible out of the Big 12 Conference.

If the Red Raiders were to lose the game, they would join the Kansas Jayhawks, who haven't won a conference game all season, as the only two teams to not be bowl eligible and also would seal the deal on a losing season.

Getting a victory is the first challenge, and if the Red Raiders get that there is not a guarantee that Tech will be seen in December playing in a bowl game.

Tuberville said the team will be ready to go for this game since there is really nothing after this game if they don't win.

"But it is a reward. You want to treat it like that for all the players and especially for the seniors," Tuberville said. "The rest of these guys will have opportunities to go to other bowl games, but I thought it was pretty unique what the seniors talked about. Hey, let's treat this as more important than any bowl game we play in and playing a conference team. So they'll be ready to go. They'll have the team ready to go."


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