LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The long wait is almost over, it has been 280 days since we last saw the Red Raiders take the field for a football game.
Texas Tech's next opponent comes in as an FCS power in Eastern Washington University.
So here are my three keys to victory for Texas Tech to beat Eastern Washington and start the year (1-0).
"Anytime you're ranked fourth in the country and in that league, you're doing something right, so they're a good team," Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury said. "They can play with a lot of teams in Division I football and we know that. We won't take them lightly. It's going to be a great challenge for some of those new guy's up front early on, and we'll see how to handle it."
"Defensively trying to stop the run, first and foremost. Then we've got to create more turnovers," Kingsbury said. "We've got to find a way. There will probably be a lot of plays in this game, and we've got to find a way to get the ball out. Got to find a way to turn them over somehow."
Establish the Running Game: Last year, this was a part of the offense that the Red Raiders struggled to get going. As we all remember, there were many times last season where the team relied too much on the arm and legs of Patrick Mahomes. (Patrick Mahomes lead the team in rushes last season, with 131 attempts for 285 yards and 12 touchdowns.) So, this season coach Kingsbury and the team have made it clear, that the running game needs to be more of a priority. So, I would look for Justin Stockton, Desmond Nisby, and Demarcus Felton to get plenty of touches come game day.
"Offensively start fast, secure the football, and establish the run game," Kliff Kingsbury said. "We weren't good enough by a long way last year running the football. Hopefully we've made some strides in that area."
"He is a tremendous player, and I think people will really be surprised at how well he plays and how seamless the transition will be at that position," Texas Tech head football coach Kliff Kingsbury said.