LUBBOCK, Texas — After last year’s Oklahoma State-Texas Tech game, a coach entered a room of media members and delivered an anger-filled speech.
No, the other coach.
One thing OSU coach Mike Gundy’s rant did was draw all the attention away from the one Tech’s Mike Leach offered almost simultaneously after the Cowboys’ 49-45 victory a year ago.
In the game, Texas Tech allowed three 100-yard rushers and four touchdowns of 33 yards or longer, leading to the firing of Tech defensive coordinator Lyle Setencich the next day.
"Defensively, the entire first half, we got hit in the mouth and acted like somebody took our lunch money and all we wanted to do was have pouty expressions on our face until someone daubed our little tears off and made us (expletive) feel better,” Leach said after the game.
"Then we’d go out there and try harder once our mommies told us we were OK.”
Then Leach replaced Setencich with Ruffin McNeill, a longtime Red Raider linebackers coach who after taking over guided the Tech defense to No. 5 in the Big 12 in total yardage during conference play.
This season, Texas Tech’s usually porous defense is at or near the top of the Big 12 Conference in nearly every major defensive category.