Three Essential Keys to Victory

There's no secret Texas Tech has struggled against the run which plays right into Kansas Sate's hand. So, the first key for the Red Raiders is to limit the Wildcats' rushing attack. It also wouldn't hurt if Tech cut down on the penalties and turnovers.

Allow fewer than 150 yards rushing
The weakness has been exploited. Texas Tech's defense has shown that it cannot stop the run. With several starters being game time decisions, it doesn't bode well for the Red Raider rush defense. Kansas State's passing game almost completely relies on its rushing attack. If Tech shuts down the run, the Wildcats will have to rely on defense.

Money, Money, Money
Bill Snyder's favorite statistic is more than likely time of possession. He realizes the Wildcats are nowhere near the Big 12's elite. Snyder himself is an elite coach. If there is one thing Snyder wants to do, it's wear down the Red Raider defense. Nothing will frustrate the Tech defense more than the Wildcats converting on third down and running the ball down the Red Raiders' throat. Tech must get off the field. The Red Raiders should have a goal of holding Kansas State to 30 percent or below on third down.

Eliminate the mistakes
Bill Snyder can win with a less-than talented team. He's a remarkable coach and his team is almost always one of the most disciplined. Tech has made a habit of turning the ball over and committing penalties. The Red Raiders must play smart. Tech is more talented than Kansas State and on paper, should dominate the Wildcats. The Red Raiders must have fewer than four penalties and zero turnovers.

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