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It's been rare in recent seasons for Texas Tech to be associated with some of the top teams in the country. Yet four games into the season, that's where the Red Raiders find themselves.

It's been rare in recent seasons for Texas Tech to be associated with some of the top teams in the country.

Entering this week No. 24 Tech is one of eight teams joining No. 7 Louisville, No. 6 LSU, No. 15 Miami, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 16 Washington, UCF and Navy to have not trailed in a game yet this season.

Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury attributes that stat to both sides of the ball.

"Yeah I guess offense and defense, you've got to score to have a lead," he said. "It's good that we started fast on both sides of the ball."

So how have the Red Raiders leaped out to an early lead in their four wins this season thus far?

In the SMU game it was a Ryan Bustin field goal, against Stephen F. Austin, Baker Mayfield hooked up with Jakeem Grant for a 42-yard touchdown pass in the first 52 seconds of the game. The Red Raiders jumped on TCU with a 50-yard scoring pass to Kenny Williams and against Texas State it was a Bustin field goal.

The quickest start came against Stephen F. Austin with 28 points in the first quarter en route to a 61-13 victory.

Getting these kinds of leads is important, Kingsbury said, it is something they have worked on in practice and it's good to see it showing up when the lights come on.

"We harp on that all the time starting fast," he said. "Every day at practice we have a period that we try to emphasize that, so it's good to see it carry over and hopefully we can keep it going."

Now in a perfect world the Red Raiders would go 12-0, be the No. 1 or No. 2 team in the country and play for a national championship having never trailed in a game.

Tech could still do that and go undefeated, but at some point this season the Red Raiders could find themselves on the wrong side of the score at some point in a game.

When the day comes that this team does have their backs against the wall, trailing in a game, Kingsbury said he expects them just to step up and make a comeback.

"I think that's football," he said. "At some point you're going to have adversity, and we've had adversity. So I'm sure they'll know what to do and step up and try to comeback."

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