Allow Fewer Than 200 Rushing Yards
The Red Raiders will catch a break with Arizona State's loss of Marion Grice. Tech has had over a month to work on the rush defense and defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt knows it is an issue.
Grice is not the only player on the Sun Devils roster who can run. Second-string running back D.J. Foster broke through a stout Stanford defense in the Pac-12 championship for a 51-yard touchdown.
Protect the Quarterback
Arizona State has one of the best defenses in the nation. The Sun Devils are tied for seventh in the nation in sacks with 40 and second among BCS schools in turnovers gained. The Red Raider offense has turned the ball over frequently in their last five games (which is also all five of their losses). If Arizona State starts to gain penetration through the line regardless of sacks, it will be a long day for the youthful offensive line and quarterbacks Texas Tech throws onto the field.
Contain Taylor Kelly
The Red Raiders tend to struggle against dual-threat quarterbacks and Kelly could be the most dangerous one Tech has faced since Vince Young. Kelly has great vision and is a leader. Not only can he throw a strike from pocket, but the strikes come from rolling out too. Kelly has passed for 3,510 yards, 28 touchdowns and rushed for 473 yards and eight scores. Tech's front seven will need to knock him down early and often in hopes of giving Kelly happy feet.
Three Essential Keys to Victory
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