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Three & Out with Texas Tech...

• Kansas Jayhawks (1-8 overall, 0-6 Big 12) vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-3 overall, 3-3 Big 12) •
— 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, Texas —

Opening Las Vegas Line: Texas Tech -24
Current Las Vegas Line: Texas Tech -25
Television: FSN

Three and out, with Texas Tech...

First down
After ripping off an impressive streak of victories and rising to 14th in the national polls, Texas Tech has dropped two straight, including a loss to Kansas State and last week’s late loss to Texas.

Although the Red Raiders have a 24-hour rule for how they can handle wins and losses, TTU quarterback Seth Doege said earlier this week that the loss to the Longhorns had lingered a little bit because it came down to the wire and it was the last chance for the seniors to top Texas.

“The fact that we were so close to winning the game,” Doege said when asked what hurt the most. “We had great opportunities to score touchdowns and we didn’t. We had to settle for field goals and that’s what hurt.”

Second down
Although the Red Raiders have dropped two straight, their triple-overtime victory over TCU three weeks ago made them bowl eligible for the second time in head coach Tommy Tuberville’s three seasons.

Tuberville, who was hired to replace the fired Mike Leach following the 2009 season led the Red Raiders to a bowl game victory in 2010, making him just the fifth head coach in NCAA history to win a bowl game at three different schools.

Tech had its Big 12 record 18-year bowl streak snapped last season after finishing 5-7.

Third down
When these two head coaches were at their previous schools, KU coach Charlie Weis and had the pleasure of traveling overseas with Tuberville and three other college football coaches to visit troops serving in the military.

In addition to getting a chance to see different parts of the world, Weis got the chance to get to know Tuberville on a personal level. The two hit it off and Weis still thinks very highly of the third-year Texas Tech coach to this day. Tuesday, at his regular news conference, Weis shared a story from the trip.

“He was the head coach at Auburn and they let him go, which was probably one of their biggest mistakes ever,” Weis said. “But their big game is Alabama. We ran into probably 15,000 troops in the time we were there and any time somebody was either an Alabama fan or an Auburn fan, he’d hold up the number six (six fingers), because it had been six times in a row that Auburn had beaten Alabama. So somebody says, ‘Roll Tide,’ and he’d sit there and put up the six. It was awesome. It was absolutely awesome. But the trip over there was awful. We were on one of those cargo planes that they threw some seats in that there was really no heat or no air conditioning, so it was either, 100 degrees, because they were piping in heat or it was 20 below zero. It was awful, but it was probably one of the greatest experiences of my life, because in that time there I saw more things, more spirit, more teamwork and more camaraderie than you ever could imagine. But I think that six with the Auburn-Alabama thing, that would crack me up every time I’d see him do it. And he probably did it about 1,000 times in the time we were there.”

Punt
Texas Tech leads the all-time series between these two, 12-1. That includes a stretch of five straight victories and a 5-1 advantage in games played in Lubbock.

Despite falling behind by double digits early, Tech topped KU, 45-34, during last season’s Homecoming game in Lawrence.

KU’s last and only victory in the series came in 2001, when KU prevailed 34-31 in an overtime game in Lubbock.

The Red Raiders are 8-1 against Kansas as members of the Big 12.

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Comments

Robert Brock 1 year, 10 months ago

Why is KU so inept when playing Texas Tech?

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JayDocMD 1 year, 10 months ago

You could use that line vs. any team - any week:

"Why is KU so inept when playing __?"

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Lucas Town 1 year, 10 months ago

Why does the University of Kansas even waste the time and money to go on the road and play away games? - humerous sarcasm

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Ron Prichard 1 year, 10 months ago

I know we have to run the ball well to have a chance to win, but I would like to see a little more creativity and a bit more wide open attack this weekend. We're going to have to score some points if we want to win this game. Seventeen on the road against TT won't get it done. I think we'll need at least 30 to get out with a win. So far, that hasn't been an easy feat for this team. I still have hope, but this will be a tough one.

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KGphoto 1 year, 10 months ago

I haven't seen much of Tech this year. Do they hurry up like Baylor?

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KGphoto 1 year, 10 months ago

LOL!

It was a simple question, Matt. You didn't have to go and write an entire article on it. Don't get me wrong though. I love the personal attention.

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Matt Tait 1 year, 10 months ago

Hey, we aim to please around here!

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Reuben_J_Cogburn 1 year, 10 months ago

Good thing we don't see many up-tempo offenses in the Big XII....

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Micky Baker 1 year, 10 months ago

Texas beat them by being physical, especially on offense with blocking down the field. Take the defenders of their feet and they can't pursue. How do you do it? Don't stop blocking until you hear the whistle blow. Frustrate them and get under their skin. There was a lot of attitude in Tech that can get them in bad situations.

But, we still have to stop them, and how do you do that? Well, take half their offense away from them, that's how. Harder task than it sounds. Tech passes the ball about 3/5ths of the time. So, take away their best receivers with Double coverage all day. Don't let Doege use his first or second choice. Force him to dump it off and let the our linebackers close. Our linebackers are the strength of our defense, in my opinion. It's still difficult.

If we take his first two progression away though, it will give our D-Line better chances to get pressure on him. If we double team the two best receivers, Number 14 Darrin Moore and Number Eric Ward with a guy no more than 3 yards off the line of scrimmage and another over the top, with a nickel back spying for a running back coming out of the backfield, then Heeney or Love first option to always look into the backfield for running plays and stay home so that they can react and force a play back into the tacklers. We can't bite on play actions. We need our Linebackers to make plays, because we have to keep two guys on Moore for sure and probably Ward or just assign one guy to cover Ward on every play, no pass offs and then let the other guy on that side of the field pursue the ball. McDougal should be the one pursuing the ball, he's got the best size and he is the best tackler in our defensive backfield. Let McDougal run free and react to wherever the ball goes, he might force a couple of TOs, maybe an INT.

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Reuben_J_Cogburn 1 year, 10 months ago

I admire your enthusiasm.

But if were a betting man, I'd put money on this being somewhere in the vicinity of a 52-14 victory for Texas Tech.

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Lucas Town 1 year, 10 months ago

I really thought we had a good chance against Baylor. That lop-sided loss may have taken the last bit of hope that I had at getting a win in conference play. I can stomach a loss, but I was shocked at the final score and figured that against Baylor we would have kept it somewhat competitive. I will hold out for a win against Iowa State, but will not get my hopes too high. Keep it competitive with a chance to win and I will be happy.

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