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National reaction: Texas Tech's defense still 'has some growing up to do'

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Turnovers and penalties both were focal points for the Red Raiders this offseason and the two served as contributing factors for Texas Tech (5-3, 2-3) in its 63-27 loss against Oklahoma. But were they deciding factors?

To little surprise, Texas Tech's run defense has not fared well this season. The Red Raiders allowed an average of 263 yards per game prior to Saturday's contest and the Sooners accumulated more than 400 yards and seven touchdowns in their homecoming victory.

Here's a look at a few national and regional media reactions following the game:

Nicholas Talbot, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: "The only thing Saturday's loss proved is that Patrick Mahomes is human...Make no mistake, Mahomes and the Red Raiders have not played well the last two weeks on the road. They barely beat a winless Kansas team and then yes, gave up 405 rushing yards to Oklahoma. But, the later was almost expected. Heck, the Sooners weren't this good last year and ran for 383 yards on the Red Raiders. Perine and his backfield mate, Joe Mixon, ran wild Saturday, combining for 355 of those yards and six touchdowns. But to look at it as anything more than a loss to a good Oklahoma team in Norman - one of the toughest places to play in the entire country, would be nothing short of foolish."

Jason Kersey, The Oklahoman: "[Baker] Mayfield threw fewer passes than he had all season Saturday, but still finished with 212 yards and two touchdowns in a 63-27 win over Texas Tech. He also played a role when the Sooner defense was on the field, standing next to linebackers coach Tim Kish and trying to decipher what his former team would do. "I mean, obviously I played there, " Mayfield said. "So I know the offense and I know the formations and the personnel, so I was trying to help them out, giving them keys and trying to help them out." Mayfield said he was able to tell whether the Red Raiders would run or pass on most plays, although OU coach Bob Stoops, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury downplayed the effect Mayfield had from the sideline."

Guerin Emig, Tulsa World: On first-and-10 from the Texas Tech 40-yard line, Pat Mahomes fired a quick pass in the direction of the right flat. It never got there. OU linebacker Eric Striker leaped, deflected the pass with his right hand and then cradled the ball as he came down. Striker gathered himself upon landing and returned his first career interception to the Red Raiders' 3. Samaje Perine bulled into the end zone one play later, and OU had established a path to victory - run game strength and success against Mahomes.

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Max Olsen, ESPN: "Since taking TCU down to the last play of the game, Texas Tech has been blown out 126-62 in losses to Baylor and Oklahoma. Both games got out of hand too quickly, a sign that Tech's defense still has some growing to do...The four-game stretch ahead to finish out the regular season will tell us a lot about how far the Red Raiders have come, because there are some winnable games left. First up is a big home test next weekend against a ranked Oklahoma State squad."

Barry Tramel, The Oklahoman: "Perine produced three 200-yard-plus games last season but had just one game over 78 yards this season before Saturday. That all changed against a Tech defense notoriously slack against the run and behind a revamped OU offensive line that had its second straight strong game. Running the ball like this fortifies a team; OU's November hopes are greatly enhanced if Perine and Mixon can combine for anything close to the 355 rushing yards they produced Saturday. Did this feel like last year? "Kind of, " said Perine, more stoic than a goal post. But with one big difference. Perine was a lone ranger last season. Now Mixon is his Tonto."

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