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Red Raiders prepare for their first conference road test

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - After Saturday's loss the Red Raiders will now have two weeks to prepare for their first conference road test on Saturday October 2nd at Iowa State. Just announced Monday, the game will be at 6 p.m. on Fox College Sports. 

One thing Tech will work on over the next two weeks is their ground game. In the loss to Texas, the Red Raiders were held to negative 14 rushing yards, and a negative .8 yards per rush average. Most of the lost yardage came off sacks. The coaching staff knows without a strong running game, the Red Raiders will not be a championship football team.

"We work on it half of practice, and the point of attack," said Red Raiders Head Coach Tommy Tuberville. "People just do a good job of getting off of blocks and making plays and when we do get into the secondary, we're never into the second level because we haven't had enough practice on it, but as I've told all of you, we're not going to be a good football team and you can't win championships unless you can run it. We ran a little screen pass in the first half and made some plays on that and that's kind of like a running play but we've got to be able to line up and run it down hill and we're not going to give up on it. We're not going to turn into a team that's going to throw it seventy-eighty times, you can't do that. If our defense continues to get better, and we start getting a running game, we'll be a much better team." 

"Obviously we got to run the ball better," said Red Raiders Offensive Coordinator Neal Brown. "We had a plan to run the ball early and we got down and probably jumped ship on it too early. I thought Baron Batch actually ran the ball hard when we had some time. I thought it was probably the best he's ran the ball, but we obviously got to get better running it. We're not good enough to drop back and throw it. I thought our inability on first and third down killed us."

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