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Red Raiders not looking past SF Austin


A new coach, a new quarterback and a new look at Jones AT&T Stadium will make Saturday's home opener extra exciting for the Red Raiders. 

Coming off an impressive road victory to start the Kliff Kingsbury era, Texas Tech football returns to Lubbock Saturday night for a 6 p.m. kickoff against Stephen F. Austin.

The Red Raiders moved to 1-0 by outlasting SMU, 41-23, in Dallas last week behind the sensational play of walk-on freshman quarterback, Baker Mayfield. Believed to be the first true freshman walk-on to ever start an opening week game for a BCS school, the freshman dominated. Mayfield completed over 70% of his passes, threw for over 400 yards, accounted for five touchdowns and won Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week all in one fell swoop.

FCS opponent Stephen F. Austin comes into the contest 0-1 after falling on the road to Weber State last week, 50-40. The Lumberjacks are led by quarterback Brady Attaway. The senior threw for 450 yards and four touchdowns last week, but was done in by three interceptions, including a 70-yard pick six. Junior running back Gus Johnson carried the rock 24 times for 110 yards in the loss. 

On paper, this is a game Texas Tech should have no problem winning, but last week proved anything is possible in college football as a record seven FCS school defeated FBS teams, including a major Big 12 upset as K-State fell at home to North Dakota State. 

As a result, the Red Raiders are on high alert for tomorrow's opener.

"We treat every opponent the same," coach Kingsbury said. "We treat them with respect and play hard, focus on us and how much better we have to get, so I assume we'll be ready to play. They run a spread offense similar to ours and are very explosive. Defensively, they're an attacking group and had a bunch of turnovers last week so you've got to come in and handle your business." 

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