Red Raiders Try to Bounce Back after Loss

After a tough loss on the road against the 14th ranked Texas Longhorns, Texas Tech is focused on making the necessary adjustments to send the Red Raider seniors out with a win over the #3 Oklahoma Sooners.

QB Graham Harrell threw for 466 yards and 5 touchdowns against Texas, but it wasn't enough to stop UT, who scored 59 points with 4 TDs through the air and another 4 on the ground. The Red Raider D gave up a total of 551 yards and allowed the Longhorns to convert on 12 of 18 third downs and 4 of 4 fourth downs.

Head Coach Mike Leach berated the officiating after the game, but in Monday's press conference he wasn't interested in rehashing his controversial statements. "As far as what I said… I think it pretty much speaks for itself. You've got to get the notes from those that were in class, because I'm not going to make them again."

When asked about the defensive effort during the game, Leach said, "Offensively I thought they played real well. There's a certain amount of our defense couldn't stop Texas; well their D couldn't stop us."

"Defensively it was a deal where we did things in spurts. Both defenses had a long day, and of course Texas came out on top," explained Leach.

LB Brian Duncan explained that many of the defensive problems on Saturday stemmed from players trying to overextend themselves and do too much. He claims the remedy to the problem is simple: "We're going to focus on doing our jobs in practice."

The Red Raiders will try to regroup this week as they prepare to face a very talented OU team on senior night. Coach Leach acknowledged that senior night can be sentimental because of the contributions the seniors have made over the years, but he wants to be sure his team's primary focus is on playing well and coming out on top.

"We don't have too many seniors; we only have five," he said. "I worry about all of these freshmen and sophomores getting overwrought with their emotions [because of senior night]."

Seventeen seniors will play their final game on Saturday, including five starters. WR Danny Amendola is the lone senior starter on offense, and K Alex Trlica is the only senior starter on special teams. Seniors DB Chris Parker, LB Paul Willimas, and S Joe Garcia lead the Red Raider Defense.

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