Texas Tech Looks to Fix Red Zone Offense

It's hard to be upset with an offense that averages 38.8 points and 520 yards per game. Yet, Texas Tech has found the end zone on only half of its 20 red zone possessions this season.

It's hard to be upset with an offense that averages 38.8 points and 520 yards per game.

But there is always some statistic that sticks out and for the 2013 Red Raiders it is their performance in the red-zone that has been a bit of an issue.

"I think we move the ball really well," Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro said. "I think we're just having a little trouble scoring in the red-zone and that's one thing we've really tried to fix. That's one thing personally I think we need to work on a lot is red zone scoring. I feel like we move the ball every single game, but penalties and turnovers just kill us down there. That's one thing we're going to harp on this week."

Overall, in the 2013 season the Red Raiders have scored in the red-zone 90 percent of the time going 18-for-20.

But only 10 of those scores have been touchdowns, the other eight times kicker Ryan Bustin has been called upon.

In the game against Texas State, Bustin actually tied a school record for the most field goals made in a single game with four.

Just because the offense has struggled to punch the ball into the end zone for seven, instead of settling for three off the field goal, Amaro said there is no reason to be alarmed.

"I don't think anybody needs to worry about that," he said. "I think we've always had a great offense here. We've moved the ball very well. It's just we're really young on the line, we're really young at quarterback and penalties have just killed us down there and it's really been a drive stopper. We could have put up 35 points against TCU in the first half from the tape, and Texas State you know we just played lousy and we just were not ourselves and we came out there flat."

So the struggles in the red-zone, when it comes to scoring touchdowns, could be fixed in a lot of different ways.

"We're not throwing everything out there that we have," Amaro said. "We're being very basic right now we're not going to show everything that we can do. We're running very simple stick routes, slant routes and you know they're just being covered up right now. And penalties have killed us, like I said, and I don't think anyone needs to worry about that. It's going to be perfectly fine."

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