Getting Back Up

The blowout loss in Fort Worth was tough, but can Texas Tech respond this week against UT?

Texas Tech got its butt kicked by TCU Saturday.

Actually, I can’t write what really happened on here. I’m sure some of you will be glad I refrained from foul language. The Red Raiders lost 82-27 and for the final three quarters had zero answer on any side of the ball including special teams.

Ryan Bustin is the clear player of the game. He did not miss any field goals.

There are some other positives out of this game. Patrick Mahomes got some experience and tossed a touchdown pass. The Red Raiders played well offensively in the first quarter.

With growing pains, comes embarrassing moments. TCU went 4-8 one year ago. They’re currently sitting in contention for a college football playoff spot. This comes three years after they were not in an automatic qualifying conference.

It’s not the end of the world though.

I’m sure Gary Patterson feels great that he finally blew Texas Tech away 10 years after the 2004 demolition. Some Red Raider fans may say he was pouring it on. TCU’s fourth string quarterback was in the game in the fourth quarter. Yes, the Horned Frogs did continue to throw a few passes. Make of it what you will.

Texas Tech still owns the largest margin of victory in the series though. In 1985, the Red Raiders destroyed TCU 63-7. That is a 56-point margin. TCU won Saturday by 55. Not much of a consolation, but a fact.

Tech is a young team. The offense started two seniors (Bradley Marquez, Rashad Fortenberry) and three on defense (Jackson Richards, V.J. Fehoko, Austin Stewart). That’s a lot of experience and a lot of growing pains for a team to return next season.

Sometimes the best thing that can happen to a team is embarrassment and to get kicked in the tail.

If you really want to find out how tough Texas Tech is mentally, watch Saturday night’s game against Texas.

As running back Deandre Washington said in the press conference, “Life is going to knock you down. You always have to get back up. That’s just one of those days where we took a hard one. Took one to the chest, took one to the face. We’ve got to bounce back.”

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