Kliff Kingsbury, Red Raiders attempt to bounce back

Red Raiders head coach Kliff Kingsbury talks on the sideline during the first quarter against the Mississippi Rebels at NRG Stadium.Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Tech coach said team has responded to loss with intense focus in practice.

The football season didn’t start the way Texas Tech fans wanted it to in a 47-27 loss to Ole Miss on Saturday.

But the fans can rest assured that it wasn’t the start the coaches or players wanted either. Red Raiders head coach Kliff Kingsbury didn’t try to hide his frustration in a media session Sunday evening, emphasizing the number of mental mistakes the team made.

Kingsbury doubled down on that emphasis during his Tuesday press conference.

“I think it's easy with this group,” Kingsbury said. “I said it after the game, they're embarrassed and frustrated with the effort we put out there, and it wasn't from effort but from mental mistakes and errors and getting behind that quickly. That's not who we think we are or want to be, and so I think this was a good week for us to -- you experience that game 1, you get exposed on some things, you can get back to business really quickly and moving forward know what you have to correct, and they've done that. Had a really good day today, had a good day Sunday, a focused practice, deciding to play more disciplined and eliminate a bunch of those errors.”

Texas Tech will attempt to bounce back on Saturday versus FCS opponent Lamar.

The Cardinals opened the season by crushing NAIA opponent Kentucky Christian, 70-7, so they’ll come to Lubbock with boosted confidence. But they’re still a program that the Red Raiders should be able to dominate.

It will be an opportunity for the Red Raiders to show they can play aggressive, physical football without committing targeting or unsportsmanlike penalties that doomed them against Ole Miss.

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