Five takeaways: Texas Tech defense shines in first spring scrimmage

The Texas Tech Red Raiders traveled to Midland, Texas, for their first official spring scrimmage on the year.

The Red Raiders used a scrimmage style of play with certain points rewarded for different tasks complete successfully.

With a quick start and good stops, the Texas Tech black team took the win, 50-36 — the black team being the Texas Tech defense.

Here are five takeaways from the action in the Permian Basin:

Defense clinches the win. The Red Raider defense hit on all cylinders in the first half by recording four consecutive three-and-out series. The Red Raiders were flying to the ball and Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said that’s exactly what he wanted to see from his team. 

“I thought it was good effort,” Kingsbury said. “There’s some stuff we need to clean up, but I thought defense started fast that first half. Overall, good competition, guys were flying around and that’s what he wanted.”

The Red Raiders seemed to slow down on defense after the first half allowing the offense to find its rhythm. However, the defense line was still able to get pressure on the quarterbacks after its hot start in the first half. Quarterback Nic Shimonek said he loves to win, but he enjoys seeing the defense improve day-by-day. The defense was able to get to the QB four times throughout the

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