Keys Revisited: Tech vs. West Virginia

Fitzgerald looks back on his keys to the game and writes how Tech lived up to them.

Defense has to make a big play. No turnovers versus OU didn't sit well with D.J. Johnson and company. They have to find a way to force a sack or turnover versus WVU.

Turns out we were wrong on this one. Rather than one person or position group making a big play or forcing a turnover, everyone just played at an extremely high level the entire game. I think Art Kaufman will still emphasize sacks and turnovers, but has to be very pleased with the effort.

Attack and be physical, on both offense and defense. Exceed the intensity of your opponent. This was lacking most of the game versus OU.

This is what won the game for the Red Raiders. The DL dominated up front. The offense attacked the entire field. The LBs and Secondary made plays at the point of attack.

Tackle. Anything over 75 yards after contact is too many.

These all kind of go together, but it was essential. Tavon Austin had 9 catches for 99 yards. His longest catch was 39 yards They kept the yards after contact to a minimum. We'll have a final number tomorrow, but this is another reason WVU had so many problems.

Short memories. The Mountaineers will make some plays, but Tech will have to bounce back and play the next play.

At 14-7, this defense just went back to work. No one panicked, and they kept making plays. And on 3rd down (9 of 21) and fourth down (2 of 7), this is when they played their best.

Have fun. No really. Enjoy the Texas Tech homecoming.

I think everyone agrees this week was a lot more fun than last week. Happy Homecoming, Red Raiders! Here's to a great second half of the season.

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