Indiana State @ Texas Tech:Defensive Preview

RaiderPower takes a closer look at what the Red Raider D needs to do to stop the Sycamores

After a disappointing showing in Tech's opener, the Red Raider defense rebounded quite effectively against Sam Houston State. The Red Raiders held the Bearkat offense under one hundred yards of offense until the second half. SHSU failed to move the ball effectively until nearly the entire first-team defense took a seat and former Red Raider Phillip Daugherty took over. The difference in the two games was the intensity that the defense brought to the table. The coverage was not nearly as soft, and the linebackers finally showed up to play. Texas Tech fans are undoubtedly hoping this energy finds its way to the field again this weekend and continues when they begin conference play against Kansas on October 1st.

The Indiana State Sycamores are led by Blayne Baggett, who is averaging around 250 yards passing on the year. Unfortunately, he has been turnover-prone, throwing six interceptions and only two touchdowns thus far. His favorite target has been Sam Logan, who had 151 yards receiving against Murray State last week. Andre Forte heads up the rushing attack, running for 149 yards last week to complement the Sycamores' passing attack. It seems that running is his forte, as he is averaging 6.2 yards per carry this season. Despite all of this offensive success, the Sycamores have struggled to put points on the board. Of their first three games, their highest point total has been fifteen. Indiana State had better find a way to score more points this Saturday, because it's highly likely that it will take more than 15 points to upset the Red Raiders.

Unless the Sycamores figure out a way to move the ball effectively against Texas Tech's defense, they might have to withstand one of the largest blowouts in school history. The Red Raider offense will probably put up Playstation-type numbers, so Indiana State needs to focus on their offense to have something positive to take away from this one. Hopefully, Saturday's game stays competitive and injury-free, or else no one wins.


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