Periodically this season, people have asked the identity of the Texas Tech football team as if pounding Tahj Brooks, the FBS’s fifth-leading rusher with its second most carries, isn’t an identity.
Another, even better identity, is emerging: Team for November.
In their first two seasons under Joey McGuire, the Red Raiders are 6-1 in the last month of the regular season. They did it again Saturday, rallying from a two-touchdown deficit to beat Central Florida 24-23 at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Now, a 6-5 record is nothing to shout about, and Tech will have to spring a major upset Friday at No. 7 Texas to avoid 6-6. On the other hand, the Red Raiders are going to finish with a winning record in the Big 12 for the second year in a row. That’s progress for a program that went sub-.500 in the conference each of the previous 12 years.
“Starting off 1-and-3, nobody in America would have thought we would be bowl eligible,” Tech safety Julien (C.J.) Baskerville said. “For us to play the way that we have and go through adversity and injuries and the events that we’ve gone through and still be bowl eligible and now have a winning record in the Big 12 no matter how we finish, it’s a big deal.”
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Texas Tech wide receiver Drae McCray (10) celebrates his 15-yard touchdown reception during the Red Raiders’ 24-24 victory Saturday against Central Florida at Jones AT&T Stadium. Tech moved to 6-5 for the season, qualifying for bowl consideration.
Last year, Tech was 4-5 before it ran the table against Kansas, Iowa State, Oklahoma and Mississippi in the Texas Bowl. This year, the Red Raiders have it going again with consecutive conquests of TCU,…
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Author : Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Publish date : 2023-11-19 06:58:43
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