The Texas Tech Red Raiders have been a pleasant surprise so far this season, even though it is still early. I wanted to wait til after the TCU game before I freaked out about a part of this team, and right now, I think it is time. While I love the high paced offense for the Red Raiders, they haven't exactly surprised me. I figured they would be this good. However, what has surprised me so far isn't exactly thought about when talking Texas Tech football. In fact, not many people talk about this "thing" when discussing Big XII football. What has surprised me is defense. Yes, the Texas Tech defense.
Sure, the Red Raiders were suppose to dominate SMU and Stephen F. Austin. But what the defense did against TCU was absolutely huge! The defense stepped up and won that game for Tech. Lets be honest, the offense didn't execute like they would like to. However, TCU does have a pretty good defense, but it wasn't nearly has good as Tech's last Thursday.
For many years, Tech's defense was sub-par. This year, however, it looks like this defense could be much better than the "standard" Red Raiders defense.
Even though TCU dominated the time of possession, that didn't exactly slow down the Tech defense. They were swarming to the ball about as fast as I've seen a Tech defense move. It was incredible. TCU had the ball for close to 36 minutes of the game, which tallied up to 13 total possessions. However, with those 13 possessions, TCU only scored on two of those. Tech forced two interceptions, seven punts, and two turnovers on downs. Don't forget last year's game where the Red Raiders defense allowed 53 points to the Trevone Boykin led Horned Frogs.
This year's game was one of the best defensive performances I've seen from Tech.
Let us not forget that LSU and its vaunted SEC defense gave up 24 points to this TCU team. I couldn't be happier with Tech's performance defensively against the Horned Frogs.
We'll see how this defense performs against better Big XII offenses, but if Tech showed us something on Thursday, it is that they can win games with their defense, and that will be needed.