The Texas Tech Red Raiders have raced out to a 7-0 start in 2013 but haven’t been getting a lot of respect for their hot start. Kliff Kingsbury has an opportunity to extend his perfect start in Lubbock to eight and make a huge statement this weekend against the Oklahoma Sooners. It is the biggest challenge that the Red Raiders have faced this season and defensive lineman Kerry Hyder will be pivotal to their success in Norman.
Hyder has been a force on the line for Tech so far this season. He ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 with 10 tackles for loss as part of 33 total tackles. He’s also recorded a pair of sacks, four quarterback hurries and a pair of forced fumbles. Hyder’s ability to play on the offensive side of the football and create negative plays has been a major key to Tech’s defense limiting opponents to just 18.7 points per game this season, good for the No. 16 scoring defense in the country.
That disruptive play will be a huge key to the Tech defensive gameplan against the Oklahoma offense. The Sooners have a powerful running game that can overpower defensive fronts. Having a dominant force in the middle that can disrupt that running game on early downs and force Oklahoma into long third downs will help the Tech defense force some punts and empty possession, quickly turning the ball back over to their high-powered offenses.
If Oklahoma can’t get their running game on track and rely on it to gain some consistent yardage, it will put their offense at a major disadvantage. Hyder has the ability to create havoc on the line of scrimmage and take the Sooners’ rushing attack out of the equation. If he imposes his will on the game on Saturday, the Red Raiders will finally get the respect they’ve been looking for and become a real threat for the conference title.
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