LUBBOCK -- Texas Tech coach Mike Leach knew something had to change when the Red Raiders rolled up 718 yards last year against Oklahoma State - and lost.
The offensive wizard's days of merely tolerating defense were
It turned out all Leach had to do to fix things was walk a few
doors down the hall to the office of a coach who came with him to
Lubbock seven years earlier.
Ruffin McNeill's promotion to defensive coordinator, after that
deflating 49-45 defeat, transformed Tech perhaps more than Leach
could have imagined.
The No. 2 Red Raiders now pass for 400-plus yards and score at
least 40 points nearly every week.
Across-the-board improvement by the defense under McNeill played
a major role in positioning Texas Tech (10-0) for a run at the
The next step comes Saturday night at No. 5 Oklahoma (9-1).