Focus on secondaries for Texas Tech, OSU (Runnin' with the Raiders blog)

Lost in the shuffle of Texas Tech's 41-34 double-overtime victory against Kansas last week was a standout performance by the Red Raiders secondary.

Tech yielded just 29 yards through the air, the fewest total it allowed since holding Arkansas to zero yards passing in 1974.

Sure, the Jayhawks are one of the country's worst passing outfits (112th in the country), but it was hardly the first strong performance against the pass for Tech. In fact, the Red Raiders have the nation's 11th best pass defense at 172 yards per game.

Take away one shoddy performance against Texas two weeks ago, and Tech may be sitting even higher than that. The unit's performance is impressive given that starter Cornelius Douglas has been out since the first quarter of the West Virginia game. Nickel backs Tre Porter and Jarvis Phillips have also missed time.

All three of those players are available Saturday, and it's a good thing for the Red Raiders. Tech's defensive backfield faces its biggest task to date today against the nation's fourth-ranked passing offense in OSU. The Cowboys have rotated three different quarterbacks this season due to injuries, but the offense has hummed along regardless of who has been taking snaps.

Getting the start today will be junior Clint Chelf, who made his first career start last week and threw for 292 yards and four touchdowns in OSU's 55-34 win against West Virginia.

Tech's passing offense has been even better. Behind 3,345 yards and 34 touchdowns from senior quarterback Seth Doege, the Red Raiders' passing offense is the country's best.

Doege and his talented stable of wide receivers, led by Eric Ward (61 catches, 823 yards, 10 touchdowns) and Darrin Moore (59, 622, 10), should have plenty of opportunities to make plays against an Oklahoma State pass defense that ranks 96th in the country.

With two prolific passing attacks squaring off, the game may come down to which secondary can come up with a turnover.

Neither unit has made many plays in that regard this season. The Battle for the Alamo may come up to whichever team can break that trend.

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What's the excuse now?

We had our boys back and that "11th ranked" secondary still got blown out of the water three different qb's....

I understand optimism, but please write stories that tell the truth. Our secondary is undisciplined, out of position, slow, and not stepping up to the challenge.


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get rid of tubby now before we end up like his old team. who has yet to recover from tubby incompetence. Never seen tech this bad. we went from respected , going to 10 bowl games. to back to back losing seasons and no bowl games

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