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Texas Tech Football Notebook: Recapping the Media After Baylor Loss

We recap what the media had to write after Texas Tech’s loss to Baylor.

Texas Tech Shows Flaws. LAJ’s Don Williams writes that Texas Tech’s flaws showed up big-time against Baylor:

Texas Tech center Jared Kaster said his fellow senior Branden Jackson had a message for the younger Red Raiders in a downcast post-game locker room scene: You can’t let this be a landslide. You can’t let it go all downhill from here.

That emerging optimism Texas Tech had reason to feel after the first month of the season took a hit here Saturday at Tony Romo’s playground with a 63-35 loss to Baylor. The Red Raiders, heartened by their unexpected victory at Arkansas one week and a near-upset of TCU the next, got humbled in their second consecutive game against a top-five opponent.

These last three games were rightly viewed as a barometer of how much the Red Raiders have improved since the 2014 disaster. Based on final scores, if not defensive metrics, Tech’s come a ways: Compared to last year, 33 points better against Arkansas and 52 points better against TCU.

Embarrassing Loss. LAJ’s Nicholas Talbot writes that Saturday’s loss was embarrassing:

He isn’t wrong.

Tech needs to forget the last two games, especially this one.

After all, there isn’t much worth remembering.

Four turnovers. Seventeen penalties.

Too many dropped passes.

The Red Raiders’ offense — as it always does — showed promise.

Patrick Mahomes finished 32 of 50 passing for 415 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for team-leading 39 (yes, only 39) yards and a score.

Despite one bad interception, Mahomes deserved better.

His receivers owe him apology.

Capable of Bowling. LAJ’s Talbot also writes that Texas Tech is still capable of going to a bowl game:

Texas Tech was also one of the best teams in the country in turnover margin coming into the game, which was a direct contrast to last season.

They lost that battle Saturday as well, 4-1.

But one bad game doesn’t make this last season’s team. Nor does the last-second loss to TCU.

Tech really wasn’t expected to win these two games.

Heck, it wasn’t expected to beat Arkansas. The Red Raiders were 10-point underdogs.

But, they did.

There are actual paragraphs in this article.

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Miscellaneous. LAJ’s Don Williams has his post-game notebook . . . ESPN has their bowl predictions and has Texas Tech going to the Liberty Bowl . . . LAJ has three things to know after the game . . . the DMN ranks the teams in Texas . . . via RRS Texas Tech offered Desmon Smith, a cornerback from Odessa Permian . . .

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