Gone from the powerful Texas Tech offense is quarterback Graham Harrell, star receiver Michael Crabtree and three starters on the offensive line as well as both defensive ends that are now playing on Sundays.
Saturday night, the Red Raiders will be looking to knock off the Longhorns in Austin for the first times since the 1997 season. If the Red Raiders are to shock the nation again, they must do so with a quarterback making his third career-start.
The Longhorns haven't lost to Texas Tech in Austin in the Mike Leach era and in fact have scored 40 or more points in all four meetings in Austin between the Big 12 teams.
A look at head coach Mike Leach
Mike Leach is in his 10th season as the head coach at Texas Tech. He has a career record of 78-39, including 42-30 in Big 12 play. The Red Raiders have won seven or more games in each of the first nine seasons under Leach. Texas Tech has also played in a bowl game every year during that span.
Leach is in his 24th season of coaching overall. Known for his high power passing attack, Leach studied and coached under passing game guru Hal Mumme at Valdosta State and Kentucky.
Leach coached at Kentucky in 1997 and 1998 before accepting a job with Oklahoma. Leach coached the Sooners in 1999 before being hired at Texas Tech.
Leach vs. Texas
Mike Leach has a record of 2-7 against Texas with both wins coming in Lubbock. The Red Raiders beat Texas 42-38 in 2002 and 38-33 last year.
The Red Raiders are 0-4 in Austin under Coach Leach having been outscored 196 to 107.
In nine contests, Texas Tech has given up 45.3 points per game. Texas Tech has yet to hold Texas under 40 points in Austin in the Leach era.
Texas Tech 2008 season results
Eastern Washington 49-24
At Nevada 35-19
At Kansas State 58-28
Nebraska 37-31 (OT)
At Texas A&M 43-25
At Kansas 63-21
Oklahoma State 56-20
At Oklahoma 21-65
Ole Miss (Cotton Bowl) 34-47
Texas Tech 2009 schedule
Sep. 5 North Dakota 38-13
Sep. 12 Rice 55-10
Sept. 19 at Texas
Sept. 26 at Houston
Oct. 3 New Mexico
Oct. 10 Kansas State
Oct. 17 at Nebraska
Oct. 24 Texas A&M
Oct. 31 Kansas
Nov. 14 at Oklahoma State
Nov. 21 Oklahoma
Nov. 28 Baylor (Arlington)
Texas leads the all-time series against the Red Raiders 42-15. Texas Tech has dropped the last five contests in Austin.
Big 12 openers
Texas Tech is 9-4 in Big 12 openers. Saturday will be the fourth straight Big 12 opener on the road. Last season, Texas Tech beat Kansas State 58-28 in Manhattan.
Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week
Red Raiders quarterback Taylor Potts was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 456 yards and seven touchdowns in the 55-10 win over Rice in Lubbock. Potts' seven touchdown passes were the most since B.J. Symons accomplished the same feat in 2003 in a win over Texas A&M.
Potts, in his first start, threw three interceptions in the opening win over North Dakota.
Running back by committee
The Red Raiders have had a running back by committee in the first two games, in part due to Baron Batch not being 100% and the blowout nature of the games. Batch, red shirt freshman Harrison Jeffers and true freshman Eric Stephens have combined to rush for just 98 yards on 24 carries in the wins over North Dakota and Rice. The trio has caught 10 passes for 114 yards, however.
Batch rushed for 758 yards and caught 449 yards in passes as a sophomore. If Batch is 100%, he is still expected to get the bulk of the snaps at running back.