Aug 30, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Southern Methodist Mustangs quarterback Garrett Gilbert (11) stiff arms Texas Tech Red Raiders linebacker Pete Robertson (10) during the third quarter of the game at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Texas Tech won 41-23. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas Football: A Preview of the Texas Tech Defense


On Saturday, the Kansas Jayhawks host Texas Tech. The game will be shown on Fox Sports 1 at 11:00 a.m. central time.

Texas Tech is on top of the Big 12 conference with a 4-0 record overall and 1-0 in conference play after beating TCU earlier earlier this season. Kansas holds a 2-1 mark with this being their first conference game. Here is a look at the Red Raiders defense.

Texas Tech’s defense is much improved this season from past seasons through the first four games. The unit has allowed just 13 points per game, good for 15th in the nation. SMU in the season opener was able to score 23 points on the team, but the past three weeks, the defense has been great in shutting down TCU, SF Austin, and Texas State.

Will Smith leads the team in tackles with 26 tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss. Kerry Hyder has made five tackles for loss, while Pete Robertson has made four tackles for loss.

Jayhawks quarterback Jake Heaps should be able to pass the ball vs the Red Raiders defense, but their rushing defense is much improved with Smith leading the way, which will make things more difficult for James Sims and the rushing attack.

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