Big 12

Texas Tech defensive end Pete Robertson adjusts quickly to new scheme

Texas Tech defensive end Pete Robertson, last year’s Big 12 sack leader (12), shined in last week’s belated start to his senior season. He had four tackles (two TFLs) and a sack during a 69-20 rout of UTEP after serving a one-game suspension for an unspecified violation of team rules in Tech’s season-opening victory over Sam Houston State.

Robertson thrived in the new scheme installed by first-year defensive coordinator David Gibbs and predicted the success will carry over into Saturday’s showdown against Arkansas, a team that rolled for 438 rushing yards in last year’s 49-28 victory over the Red Raiders.

“We’re ready for any opponent. Any time, anywhere,” Robertson said. “The schedule’s going to get harder and we’re going to practice harder.”

Robertson said the Red Raiders (2-0) have the capability of building on their fast start against Arkansas (1-1) because of defensive improvements made in the offseason. He also said he learned an important lesson by watching the Sam Houston State game from the sidelines.

“Sometimes, it’s not fun sitting on the side,” Robertson said. “The bigger picture is you live and you learn at the end of the day. I had lots of energy built up (after missing the opener). It felt great to be out there with my team … and make plays.”

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