No hangover after losing streak among Tech fans

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

So much for Texas Tech's recent two-game losing streak extinguishing ticket-buying interest among Red Raider fans.

Tech officials have announced that Saturday's game against New Mexico at Jones AT&T Stadium is a sellout, meaning a crowd of about 55,000 will attend in the reconfigured stadium.

That shows me that Tech fans aren't buying into any controversy around the program after tough road losses to Texas and Houston in the last two weeks.

It's the first sellout of the season after the Red Raiders failed to fill the stadium after earlier home games against North Dakota and Rice.

Mike Locksley's team at New Mexico has struggled in an 0-4 start. The Lobos ranked 100th or worse in every team statistical category tracked by the NCAA with the exception of pass defense (65th) and tackles for losses (tied for 42nd).

So the big crowd in Lubbock appears primed for a Tech victory, which would stress their home winning streak to 11 games. A victory Saturday would enable the Red Raiders to match the longest home winning streak in the Mike Leach coaching era -- an 11-game winning streak between 2004 and 2006.

Even bigger crowds at Jones Stadium will be accomodated later this month when a $6 million expansion of about 6,000 more seats will be included in the stadium's capacity. The additional seats will push the stadium's capacity past 61,000 for the Texas A&M game on Oct. 24.