Texas Tech jumped four spots to No. 16 in the AP Top 25 poll and climbed to No. 15 in both the USA…
Red Raiders Want More
The Red Raiders are the first Big 12 team to become bowl eligible and are 6-0 for the first time since 2008.
Senior defensive end Kerry Hyder said locking up a postseason berth is great, but he has his eyes on more than a bowl game.
"It feels good," Hyder said. "I always remembered a couple years ago we weren't able to do that, so it feels good to have that in our back pocket. But we still want to keep stacking the chips and see what bowl we can get to."
With the exception of 2011, Texas Tech has claimed bowl eligibility every year since 1992. After the win against Iowa State, Tech sits atop the Big 12 Conference standings with a 3-0 conference record.
Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury said he is not concerned about bowl games. His focus is on improvement.
"We don't worry about that," Kingsbury said. "Like I said, it's just on to the next week. It's every week trying to get better. That's never been our goal. We've never had a goal. Just each week, it gets better and see how it shakes out in the end."
The Red Raiders have a tough six games ahead of them including three games against opponents currently ranked in the top 25. Tech travels outside of Lubbock for two of those games.
Junior running back Kenny Williams acknowledged the accomplishment following the win over Iowa State.
"It feels great knowing that our hard work is paying off," Williams said. "But we have more games out there to play, so we have to get other things done."
Kingsbury is the first coach in Texas Tech history to win his first six games. His team seems to remain hungry for more. How far this team can go is anybody's guess, but there is a good chance the Red Raiders may get out of Texas for their bowl game.
"It would feel better to be 7-0," Hyder said. "We've still got work to do. We're going to enjoy this one tonight and get back to work tomorrow."
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