LUBBOCK – The old saying is that "defense wins championships".
The No. 25 Red Raiders haven't won a championship yet, but the D has stepped up big the past two weeks to ensure a perfect start to the 2013 season.
"Yeah, two weeks in a row they've carried us, a bunch of really good players and veteran leadership," Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. "They've done a great job the first four weeks really of leading this team, and so hopefully they can keep building on that, and the offense needs to catch up."
Tech (4-0) came out struggling to get anything going on the offensive side of the ball, scoring on just two of its eight first-half possessions on a pair of Ryan Bustin field goals. Bustin tied a school record for most made field goals in a single game on kicks covering 29, 21, 27 and 36 yards.
Freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield had some issues commanding the offense for the second-straight week, going 13-for-18 for 122 yards in the first half. With 12 minutes and 45 seconds left in the second quarter Kingsbury turned to quarterback Davis Webb.
Webb completed just 5-of-16 passes for 86 yards and an interception in the first half, but finished 19-of-43 for 310 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Mayfield would re-enter the game in the fourth quarter on the Red Raiders final drive, completing just one pass to end the night 14-for-20 for 124 yards and no touchdowns.
With both quarterbacks having their own struggles against the Bobcats (2-1), Kingsbury said they have to continue to get better.
"Yeah, he came in and played O.K., Baker played O.K.," he said. "Got to get a lot better at that position overall. But I told them both they're probably both going to play the rest of the year and we'll figure it out. You get a win with true freshman quarterbacks and made some good plays, made some bad, and that's what you get early on, but we'll continue to get better there."
The one area that has improved each week is the defense.
For the third consecutive game the Red Raider defense forced turnovers; two fumbles, one returned for a touchdown and an interception in the end zone.
Linebacker Will Smith, who recovered the fumble for the touchdown and recorded a team-high eight tackles, said he felt the defense performed well against the Bobcats but can always get better.
"Yeah, you know, today was pretty good, but I feel like there's a lot of opportunities that we left out there that we could get a lot more," Smith said. "It's just getting better every day, and keep practicing."
Now the Red Raiders head into their first bye week of the season before heading to Lawrence, Kansas to face the Jayhawks on Oct. 5.
Bradley Marquez, who reeled in six catches for 84 yards and a touchdown, said this is a good time for the bye week to come, and it gives them a chance to take care of any injury issues.
"It's definitely big," Marquez said. "This is a long season, and getting a break, trying to get everybody back. Everybody is banged up a little bit. Get our legs back, but definitely get ready. We're about to go on a long run of conference games now. The non-conference is over, so definitely we've got to get our legs back, get our bodies back in order and continue to get better."
Texas Tech Rallies Past Texas State, 33-7
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