Texas Tech routinely has had among the rowdiest students for Big 12 football games. But with a 5-0 start, the excitement for Red Raider football is going through the roof.
Bucking the national trend, Tech is averaging 13,750 students per game at Jones Stadium, which is more seats than Tech even allots for the game.
“It's been incredible,” Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. “That student section, I've never seen one like it. Hopefully they'll keep coming. I know our players feel that to have their peers in the stands cheering for them goes a long way for them. It really shows what Texas Tech is all about to have that kind of school spirit.”
The entire Tech fan base is juiced about Kingsbury, who has the Red Raiders ranked 20th and apparently heading for an Oct. 26 showdown in Norman with a great chance of being unbeaten. Tech hosts Iowa State on Saturday, then goes to West Virginia the next week.
And so far, Tech is winning differently than it won under Mike Leach. The Red Raiders' offense has been pedestrian, but its defense and kicking game have been solid.
“The defense has really carried us,” Kingsbury said. “Special teams has been a strong point. If the offense can get caught up, we'll feel pretty good.”
That might not happen Saturday. True freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield suffered a knee injury last Saturday at Kansas, and though Kingsbury said there's no structural damage, Tech is making no announcement about his availability for Iowa State. But it's not like Tech has been riding offense. These are different times in Lubbock, and the fans are thrilled.