April 20, 2013

Defense wins final scrimmage

What if there was a home team and an away team in Texas Tech's spring game?

West Texas A&M didn't show up for the Red and Black Game, but there was certainly a home field advantage in Jones AT&T Stadium. It belonged to the Red Raiders' offensive unit since Tech has been an offensive school even before head coach Kliff Kingsbury's played at the university.

The record 16,116 in attendance cheered for touchdowns and grumbled over some of the referee's judgment call sacks.

In a scrimmage where fans are either going to feel like their team's offense or defense got exposed, fans in Lubbock would prefer Kingsbury's side of the ball got the upper hand. Tech's defense has been suspect for years and it's the offense's job to save them if they can't make four stops a game.

But even Kingsbury hopes that changes. Earlier in the spring he said he'd prefer the Red Raider defense to come along after that awful turnover drought that spanned from the Kansas State game to the final defensive play of the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas.

So against a crowd that wasn't going to get on its feet and help push the defense to goal line stands, the defense willed itself to big stops time and time again.

The Red Raider defense beat the offense despite a scoring scale that favored the offense, 34-28, with three more points from Ryan Bustin's second missed field goal of the day unaccounted for.

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