FAYETTEVILLE — Cornerback Carroll Washington and the rest of Arkansas’ defensive backs were disappointed with their opening-day impression.

FAYETTEVILLE — Cornerback Carroll Washington and the rest of Arkansas’ defensive backs were disappointed with their opening-day impression.


The Razorbacks were supposed to be more talented on the back end. They were supposed to be more physical and fundamentally sound, too. But Auburn and its revamped receiving corps had no trouble slicing through the Razorbacks during the first half of a 45-21 loss two weeks ago.


So Washington said the frustration has been a source of motivation this week.


"We’ve got to come out there and show everybody we’re not a slouch. We’re not pushovers," Washington said. "We had some bad plays at Auburn. Now I think this is going to be our bounce back game."


Arkansas’ secondary will get another opportunity to prove it’s capable of standing up to a test when the Razorbacks (1-1) face Texas Tech (2-0) and its Air Raid offense in Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas at 2:30 p.m. Arkansas, which is a week removed from the confidence-building rout of Nicholls State, is on the road for the second time and will see an up-tempo attack capable of putting up big numbers.


Texas Tech is one of the NCAA’s most productive passing offenses through two weeks, averaging 365 passing yards a game. Quarterback Davis Webb has settled into the starting spot in his second season with the program and is surrounded by a handful of talented, shifty receivers who have made plays in two straight wins.


The Razorbacks, meanwhile, have plenty to prove as they search for their most significant win under Arkansas coach Bret Bielema. And it starts in the secondary.


"We did make a lot of mistakes the Auburn game, but we felt like we corrected them," safety Alan Turner said. "We’re going to go out and show that improvement."


It’s needed after Auburn had success attacking Arkansas on the back end.


Quarterback Jeremy Johnson hit open receivers down the middle of the field. Receivers separated from cornerbacks. And Auburn’s first big play came when receiver Melvin Ray caught a pass, broke a tackle and raced to the end zone.


Bielema said after the game Arkansas’ secondary was a second slow to read and react and it proved costly in the opening-day loss. Tackling was shoddy as well.


First-year defensive coordinator Robb Smith said it can’t happen again at Texas Tech, which is capable of hurting the Razorbacks in a variety of ways.


"We’ve got to get our eyes in the right place," Smith said. "There are some elements of what Auburn did similar to what Texas Tech does with some motions and where the back is. We’ve got to keep our eyes in the right place and do a better job of getting our hands on receivers, re-routing them. Give our safeties a little bit better opportunities in the middle of the field as well."


Texas Tech’s offense leans on the pass much more than Auburn, posing a different type of test for the Razorbacks. Webb has completed 56 of 83 passes for 730 yards with 7 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in two games.


But the sophomore said earlier this week Texas Tech is frustrated, too, after sluggish performances against Central Arkansas (42-35) and Texas-El Paso. The Red Raiders have started slow, committed 25 penalties and battled through other mistakes.


It nearly cost them last week, when the Red Raiders needed a late touchdown drive to regain the lead at UTEP. Webb and Texas Tech is hoping it was the turning point.


"I think I’ve got a lot of room for improvement," Webb said Monday. "I just haven’t been my best, haven’t been myself the first two games, and I’m really looking forward to the third game because I felt like the first two games were off for everybody. … I feel like we buckle down and don’t worry about anything else, don’t worry about the media or the fans, just worry about those guys in the locker rooms. Just worry about getting touchdowns and that’s how it should be every drive."


Today’s game is the first between the teams since 1991, when they met as Southwest Conference opponents for the final time. The Razorbacks lead the all-time series 28-7, which includes a 15-2 mark in Lubbock, Texas.


But none of the current Razorbacks have experienced a road game in Jones AT&T Stadium, where Texas Tech has been dominant against nonconference opponents the past several years. The Red Raiders carry a 26-game home win streak against nonconference opponent into today’s game. Its last loss to a nonconference opponent in Lubbock came against North Carolina State in 2002.


The Red Raiders are eager for the opportunity to play an SEC opponent at home as well. Texas Tech has set up a "black out" for the Arkansas game, will wear throwback uniforms to the SWC era and expects a capacity crowd for the game.


"This is a great opportunity for us," Bielema said. "I think our kids are excited. You could even feel it in the locker room, literally one minute after we got in there this past Saturday. Just like I’ve read different comments from Texas Tech, they’ve made it a big game. Obviously, they’re doing their throwback uniforms and all their shoes and all the things they want to be a part of, and made it a big game and a festive environment. So it’s going to be fun for our personality to come in and meet theirs."


Arkansas carries an eight-game road losing streak, which dates back to the 2012 season, into today’s game. The Razorbacks are looking for their first nonconference road win since the 2003 season, when the Razorbacks beat Texas 38-28 in Austin, Texas. Coincidentally, today’s game is on the 11-year anniversary of the win.


The significance is not lost on the program as it continues to build under Bielema.


"You hate to say that it’s a benchmark game, because I think all the wins weigh the same. But for our guys to have a little bit of success, I think they’re thirsting for a little bit more," Arkansas defensive backs coach Clay Jennings said. "It would be great for our guys to go in there and compete and come with one. I think it would be a great boost for morale, and it springboards us into the next one."


The success of Arkansas’ ground game in today’s clash of football philosophies will be significant in the results. The Razorbacks want to monopolize the football, keeping it out of Texas Tech’s hands as much as possible.


But there’s no doubt Arkansas secondary, still stinging from the poor performance at Auburn, has to hold up as well. Washington, Turner and the rest of Arkansas’ defensive backs are determined to stand up to the challenge this time.


"If we come out with that ‘W’ that will put us back on the map," Washington said. "So it’s a pretty big game."