Notebook: Tech Weekly Media Luncheon

There is no getting around the fact Texas Tech has lost three consecutive games by a combined 51 points. In fact, it is getting worse every game as the Red Raiders first lost to Oklahoma by eight then Oklahoma State by 18 before last week's 23-point setback to Kansas State despite being favored at home. This week, Tech takes on No. 4 Baylor at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

There is no getting around the fact Texas Tech has lost three consecutive games by a combined 51 points.

In fact, it is getting worse every game as the Red Raiders first lost to Oklahoma by eight then Oklahoma State by 18 before last week's 23-point setback to Kansas State despite being favored at home.

This week, Tech takes on No. 4 Baylor at AT&T Stadium in Arlington in what, on paper, looks like nothing but a massacre set to be played out as the Bears are 28-point favorites and possess the No. 1 offense in the country.

During Monday's weekly press conference Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury answered the same round of questions he has the past two weeks. How can you limit the turnovers and Penalties? How do you plan on fixing the run defense?

The problem is there appears to be no answers. Whether it be personnel, scheme, injury or culture problems holding the team back, there appears to be no immediate help coming.

"28, yeah, that's probably about right with what they're doing. They've beaten everybody by 70 so far. So that's probably about right," Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. "Yeah, we'll see. Like I said earlier, both fan bases get up with this game. They're very familiar with each other, and I expect our kids to play hard."

To Kingsbury's credit, he stood there, took the questions and said he believes all of the aforementioned factors have played a role in the Red Raiders' slide.

He even appeared remarkably upbeat for a first-year coach with a quarterback situation in flux, a sieve of a defense and a depth chart decimated by injuries preparing to take on arguably its two toughest opponents of the season in Baylor and then Texas in Austin.

"[We're] disappointed with the way we played, I think, but luckily we have two more opportunities, and I think it's against two teams we know very well and both fan bases get excited for these games, so I think that's helped move past the last couple weeks and on to what we have ahead of us," Kingsbury said.

Some positives
- Ryan Bustin has enjoyed perhaps the best season by a kicker in school history. The junior converted two more kicks last week to push his total to 21 made field goals this season, which is a school record. Bustin has converted eight-straight attempts and is 21 of 24 on the season. He's also the first in school history to be named a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award.

- Texas Tech set new overall and student attendance records this season. Jones AT&T averaged 57,932 fans this season up over 700 a game from a year ago. The student section averaged a hefty 11,249 fans per contest.

- The Red Raiders sill own the top ranked passing attack in the nation at 408.2 yards per game, followed by Oregon (404.8) and Baylor (390.6).

Quick facts
- Texas Tech is 36-34-1 all-time against Baylor.

- Baylor has won the past two meetings, including 52-45 in overtime last season.

- Tech is 15-2 against Baylor since the inception of the Big 12.

- Baylor owns the No. 9 rushing attack in the country with 295.4 yards.

- Tech has allowed an average of 283 rushing yards over the past three games.

- Tech owns the top passing attack in the country at 408.2 yards per game.

- Baylor allows 173.9 passing yards per game, which is No. 7 in the country.

- Baylor hasn't faced a team ranked in the top 60 passing nationally this season.

- Tech and Baylor have each defeated one nationally ranked opponent this season.

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