Clemson to Face Texas Tech

The Tangerine Bowl Selection committee announced Sunday that the Texas Tech Red Raiders will the be the Tigers' opponent from the Big 12. Clemson will battle Tech on December 23rd in Orlando, kickoff is set for 5:30. The Red Raiders have one of the most prolific passers in conference history in Kliff Kingsbury.

Texas Tech finished the regular season at 8-5, including a impressive 42-38 win over Texas.

The Tigers and Red Raiders shared one common opponent this season. Texas Tech battled N.C. State in a 51-48 overtime loss back in September, while the Wolfpack destroyed Clemson 38-6 in late October.

While the Red Raiders notched impressive wins over Texas A&M, Mississippi, and Ole Miss this year, their season came to a crashing halt when the Oklahoma Sooners destroyed Tech by a score of 60-15 in the regular season finale for both schools.

This will mark the 3rd consecutive year that Tech will play in a bowl game. The Raiders lost last season to Iowa (19-16) in the Alamo Bowl and the year before to East Carolina (40-27) in the Bowl. The postseason hasn't been kind to Texas Tech football, as the Red Raiders have posted a 5-19-1 record in bowl games played since 1937.

Head Coach Mike Leach is in his third year of rebuilding the Texas Tech football program. Leach has implemented a spread offense that has literally set the Big 12 record books on fire since his arrival.

Leach's offense produced school records in nearly every passing category imagineable just two years ago, but he surpassed those numbers last season. His two teams have combined for 18 team offensive records and 42 individual offensive marks overall.

Last season, the Red Raiders ranked among the nation's top 10 in passing offense (5th), completions (1st) and attempts (1st). Senior quarterback Kliff Kingsbury finished his junior campaign ranked in total offense (6th), completions (1st), attempts (1st) and passing touchdowns (8th).

In addition, Mike Leach has led his team to 14 wins in his first two seasons, which is the second-most of any second-year head coach in school history.

This year, it's been more of the same for Tech. Quarterback Kliff Kingsbury leads a potent Red Raider offense that ranks as one of the top passing attacks in the country. Klingsbury completed a mind boggling 447-of-669 passes for 4642 yards and 42 touchdowns this season.

His favorite target is running back Taurean Henderson, who is a dual threat weapon out of the Red Raider offensive backfield. Henderson has 90 receptions for 577 yards and 5 touchdowns on the year, as well as 143 rushing attempts for an additional 733 yards and 6 scores.
The Red Raiders feature a trio of wide receivers that have game breaking ability. Mickey Peters brought in 57 passes for 663 yards and 7 touchdowns on the year. Wes Walker is also a force for the Red Raiders, the senior wide receiver brought in 83 passes for 1,034 yards and 7 touchdowns on the year.

Defensively, Texas Tech ranks as one of the worst scoring defenses in the country. Only 22 teams allowed more points then the Red Raiders did in 2002.

At first glance, this matchup looks like an offensive shootout. The Red Raiders have gone over the 40-point barrier 8 times this season, including a 62-point destruction of the lowly Baylor Bears on November 2nd.

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