September 26, 2006

Tech confident heading into opener

LUBBOCK, Texas - Though the Texas Tech football team cruised to a 62-0 victory over Southeastern Louisiana, it's hard, if not impossible to tell whether or not the Red Raiders have gotten the problems that plagued them against UTEP and TCU solved. This is especially worrisome as Tech opens up conference play this Saturday against bitter in-state rival Texas A&M.

"Someone asked me early today if everything is all turned around," said head coach Mike Leach on Monday. "I will know nine games from now whether we have the focus and the mental determination to do our best every play and every game. I think it will be interesting to see. A&M is always a good team. Kyle Field is one of the most exciting places in America to play. I love going there. We played well last Saturday, but that is Saturday and that is all over with. That really doesn't count for anything this week, so we need to prepare well this week."

Leach criticized his players immediately after the loss to the Horned Frogs for a lack of toughness, he reiterated his disapproval over the next couple of days. While the Lions were clearly outclassed athletically, the seventh-year head coach did see some improvement.

"I thought [they played] more together," he explained. "What you saw was, on all three sides, a pretty good effort. There were guys that decided to get out there and play. I thought we played fast, which has more to do with effort. We had good effort.

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