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Red Raiders preparing for late kickoff Saturday night

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Red Raiders Offensive Coordinator Eric Morris Red Raiders Offensive Coordinator Eric Morris
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The Red Raiders will face UTEP in the Sun Bowl in El Paso for just the second time since 1963. This one will be a late kickoff of 10 p.m. Central Time (9 p.m. Mountain Time.)

But Coach Kliff Kingsbury doesn't think the time will be a factor.

"I think after last week's performance it shouldn't be hard to get them motivated. It will be a tough week of practice. But we'll push the schedule back, let them stay up a little later and sleep in a little longer, so their normal day seems as if it's a normal Saturday kickoff."

Red Raiders Offensive Coordinator Eric Morris agreed that a later kickoff should not cause problems with the players.

"We're gonna let them sleep in later and have a relaxed day. If you can't get up for a game at 10 o'clock at night, then you probably shouldn't be here. Shouldn't be a distraction. Maybe it will be. I think our kids will be able to sit around and let the feeling build all day and be ready to explode about 10 p.m."

UTEP is looking to start the season 2-0 for the first time since 2005. Miners Coach Sean Kugler says his team is taking a different preparation strategy to be ready.

"I don't want those guys laying around the hotel. We'll probably have more film sessions and walk-throughs during the day. Get 'em up. Get 'em going. Get their minds going so just have to adjust our schedule and adapt. Football is about adapting anyway so I think we'll be fine."

This past Saturday's win over Central Arkansas ended a little before 10 p.m. Central Time. This week, that's when the game will commence for a National TV audience on FS1, but Bradley Marquez isn't worried.

"At the end of the day it's football and you're excited to go out there and play football. The times really don't matter. We'll get plenty of rest. I don't think anyone is thinking about the time, like everyone else is."

The last time Texas Tech played in El Paso, they beat the Miners in OT 38-35 in 2006.

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