Apathy Has Taken Root at Texas Tech

Texas Tech showed little fight in its 48-17 home loss to No. 20 West Virginia on Saturday morning.

How else can you describe a football program which struggles to sell out its stadium on homecoming against an undefeated top 20 conference rival, but apathetic.

Tech's announced attendance was 54,111, which is bad enough considering capacity at The Jones is listed at 60,454. Yet, it didn't take a math wiz to figure nowhere near 54,000 fans showed up Saturday to see the Red Raiders square off against the Mountaineers. In what has become the norm, most who bothered to show up at all, left at halftime.


And who could blame them? The players and coaches barely bothered to show up as well en route to being throttled 48-17. 

Texas Tech (3-3 overall, 1-2 in the Big 12) showed almost no pulse, no emotion for most of the game. 

"(Tech's performance Saturday is the) worst I've seen," said Kliff Kingsbury in the postgame press conference. "Never seen a team play that poorly. I'm embarrassed. I apologize to fans, student body and alumni. That was as bad as it gets."

When asked what he thought happened, why the team played so poorly Kingsbury said the Mountaineers (5-0, 2-0) "wanted to play more than us." He went on to say the Red Raiders "weren't locked in, weren't focused, obviously did a poor job of preparing as coaches during the week and they (West Virginia) took advantage of it."

Boy did they ever. 

West Virginia outgained Tech 650-379, including 332-34 on the ground, physically beat up Tech's skill position players, made a mockery of the Red Raiders' offensive line and had its way with the defense for much of the day. 

Then there were all of Tech's unforced errors, a common theme this season, such as 103 penalty yards which included a number of cheap shot, bush league late hits and at least two illegal substitution penalties on critical downs. Don't forget what appeared to be a fake punt attempt by Tech on fourth and 33 from its own 38 in the form of a direct snap to the upback, senior defensive end Talor Nunez, which failed ignominiously. Kingsbury said afterwards he was told the snap "slipped". 

The worst part is the Mountaineers talked smack in the media all week essentially stating how little they respected the Red Raiders and how they were going to shut them down. Upon hearing this the majority of the team shrugged off the predicted spanking applied by West Virginia with a whimper.

After the game quarterback Patrick Mahomes described Tech's lack of response as "surreal" and added he felt like "it was a dream". I say Red Raider football right now is a nightmare.


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