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 A-J Media’s Don Williams writes about how Texas Tech took down Houston on Saturday:

“It’s a huge difference,” Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt agreed, outside a victorious locker room. “When you see the improvements that the front seven of the defense made over the course of the off-season program in the weight room with coach (Rusty) Whitt, it was tremendous progress, and that’s carried over to success on the field. It’s a great group of young men, and I look forward to watching them in the months ahead.”

As Hocutt spoke, Allen approached. Fresh off a game with 12 tackles, an interception and two quarterback pressures, he was smiling broadly. “Three-and-oh, yes sir,” he said, giving Hocutt a hearty handshake and a hug.

 A-J Media’s Nicholas Talbot writes about how the defense might have finally had it’s turning point:

“I am very proud for coach Gibbs and (linebackers) coach Zac Spavital. They’re kind of the catalyst behind building the Third Ward (at Houston),” Kingsbury said. “They’d led the country in takeaways, things of that nature. Came to us and so to come back here and have that type of performance, it’s awesome. Very excited for those two guys — excited for our defense. They played their tails off and won us a game.”

It sure did.

It forced five turnovers and seven punts, including four in a row as Tech built a 27-10 lead. The Red Raiders’ season turnover margin (+7) could be one of the best in the country by the end of the weekend.

“We beat the monster that coach Gibbs created,” Tech defensive end Eli Howard said. “They created the Third Ward defense. We are proud that we stepped up. They had a great scheme for us and we executed their game plan.”

 USA Today’s Paul Myerberg had winners and losers from week 4 and had Texas Tech as a winner:

Texas Tech. Kliff Kingsbury has long dream of teaming his powerful offense with an efficient defense. Maybe this is the year. Texas Tech slowed down Houston in a 27-24 win to move to 3-0, a start that eases the pressure on Kingsbury and paints the Red Raiders as a dark-horse contender for one of the top four spots in the Big 12 Conference.


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