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Red Raiders 'embarrassed' by Saturday's performance

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - One usual constant during the football season is that win or lose on Saturday, it's behind you by Monday.

The attitude during the weekly Monday morning presser is usually "on to the next one." That wasn't the case this time around during Texas Tech's weekly address to the media. The is team still clearly frustrated by its lackluster season opening performance.

"They're mad, I think," Kliff Kingsbury said. "They're embarrassed still - just like we all are."

"Nobody is happy," senior Sam Eguavoen said. "I've felt better about some of the losses we had last year than the game Saturday night."

Those aren't quotes you typically hear from a team after it's had 48 hours to let a game digest. Not to mention after a game they ultimately won. But when a team commits 15 penalties, loses the turnover battle, allows a safety, and gives up four touchdowns, all against a clearly inferior team, then you can understand the lingering frustration.

Especially in the penalty department. Texas Tech's 114 yards worth of flags was a frustrating statistic for a coaching staff that's continually harped on cutting those down, yet is still looking for an answer.

"We'll have some more punishments and see where it goes," Kingsbury said. "But that's just embarrassing to watch your team go out and do those things. As a coaching staff and head coach I have to get it right this week."

The Red Raiders told folks to "expect a show" every Saturday this season. But what they showed this past Saturday was an undisciplined team with plenty to work on. As frustrating as that is for a coach, Kingsbury calls it all "fixable."

"I thought the effort at times was good," he said. "I think a lot of our younger new players that we're counting on had the deer in the headlights look, which is disappointing, but it's all fixable and we'll attack it this week."

At some point the Red Raiders will need to put Saturday behind them so that one bad performance doesn't become two. A win is a win after all, even if it doesn't feel like it.

"Some guys forget the fact that we did get a victory," senior Bradley Marquez said. "It could have been a lot worse. It's good to learn from a win like this rather than a loss. So I think there were a lot of lessons learned from this game that can help us throughout the course of the season."

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