Not the Same Red Raider Defense

For a stretch against West Virginia on Saturday it looked like the same old sorry scene. But this is not the usual Texas Tech defense. This team apparently is not going to lay down and "say uncle." This defense is going to fight.

Texas Tech fans have seen it all before.

An opposing team moves up and down the field as the Red Raiders helplessly attempt to stem the tide, hoping for a miracle.

For a stretch against West Virginia on Saturday it looked like the same old sorry scene. But this is not the usual Texas Tech defense. This team apparently is not going to lay down and say "uncle."

This defense is going to fight.

West Virginia, a middling team this season in a down year for the Big 12, gained 437 yards and gashed Texas Tech for 183 yards on the ground. That's nothing to brag about.

But you know what is?

After the Red Raiders allowed West Virginia to score on five consecutive possessions to take a commanding 27-16 lead, the defense rose up in Morgantown, one of the toughest places in America to get a win.

The Mountaineers gained just 33 yards and picked up only one first down on its final five drives as Texas Tech scored the last 21 points to claim another victory to move to 7-0 overall, 4-0 in the Big 12.

That's moxie. That's true toughness on the gridiron. And for one reason or another that's something Texas Tech fans haven't seen from a Red Raider defense in a long time.

Tough times are surly ahead for this unit as the level of competition will rise with games against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Baylor and Texas remaining on the schedule.

Just don't expect the usual laydown from this group under the leadership of defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt and this core group of seniors. Not this season.

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