THE REWIND: Red Raiders showed 'that dog mentality' in win over TCU

Red Raiders defensive back Justus Parker (31) tackles TCU Horned Frogs wide receiver Al'Dontre Davis (80) during the second quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium.Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Tech won the type of game it had been losing for the last 17 years.

In the aftermath of Texas Tech’s 17-14 victory over TCU on Thursday night, the Red Raider football program put out a video of Kliff Kingsbury addressing the team following the win.

Kingsbury congratulated his team on having “that dog mentality.” He went on to say he was proud of the way the Red Raiders found a way to win despite the fact that it wasn’t always pretty.

Texas Tech (4-2) won the type of game that it lost on several key occasions last season. Not only that, it was the type of victory that the Red Raiders have been missing for a long time.

The Red Raiders scored fewer than 20 points and won a game for the first time since they defeated Texas A&M, 12-0, in 2001.

Since then, Texas Tech had lost 25 straight contests when it scored fewer than 20 points.

The Red Raiders picked an excellent time to break out of that funk in low-scoring games. By defeating TCU in Fort Worth, Texas Tech heads into the second half of its schedule with some momentum.

Will it carry over? Hard to tell. But the Red Raiders clearly believe it will.

"I think it has to do a lot with how close the team is, the comradery,” defensive end Eli Howard said. “This team is going to play hard all four quarters. It's something we harped on all offseason, and if you go back and look at the tape form last year, we weren't able to pull some [close games] out. And that's truly the difference between a 6-7 team and a 9-3 team or a 10-2 team. It speaks volumes of our coaching staff and how much they believe in us, and how much we believe in them, the scheme and each other.”