Texas Tech went on the road this past Saturday and upset the TCU Horned Frogs by a final of 27-24.
With that win the Red Raiders improve to (4-4) on the season, and look to improve that record when they take on the (4-4) Texas Longhorns.
Here are my three keys to victory for Texas Tech to beat the Longhorns.
Stop the Run: This is a must, if Texas Tech wants to beat Texas they have to stop the run. Texas comes into this game ranked 26th in the nation for their running game. With an average of 226.5 yards per game on the ground, it is a must that Texas Tech stops their running game. Texas has two running backs that they plan on using against Texas Tech, D'Onta Forman and Chris Warren III. Between these two guys, they have over 1,400-yards on the season. So if Texas Tech wants to win, they have to shut down the Longhorn running game.
Minimize the Penalties: For the first time all season, the Red Raiders had minimal penalties in a football game. Last week against the TCU Horned Frogs, Texas Tech only had one penalty for 5 yards. Now Tech only having that one penalty, really made the difference in the outcome of the game. So if Texas Tech wants to beat Texas, they need to minimize the penalties just like last week.
Take the comments to heart: If those comments from Texas Longhorn Breckyn Hager don't fire up this team, they are playing the wrong sport. If you haven't heard what Hager said, this will definitely get you ready for the game.
"I say injure that quarterback," Hager said. "That's the mentality right now. We've got to take him out. We know he's banged up, and we've just got to get after him."
So if you are the Texas Tech offensive line, or Patrick Mahomes for the matter, that has to get you pumped up for the game, and the big key here; make you want him to regret saying those words.
Final thoughts: The team wants to send the seniors out on the right note, and what's better than beating the Longhorns at home on senior day? The 14 seniors on this team have given their blood, sweat, and tears to this football program. So getting a win over Texas on their final game at the "Jones" would mean the world to them, and if Texas Tech can do these 3 keys. I'd look for them to beat Texas and improve to (5-4) on the season.
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