Texas Tech (8-5, 5-3 Big 12) vs. Clemson (7-5, 4-4 ACC)
Mon., Dec. 23, 2002 – 4:30 p.m. (CT)
Florida Citrus Bowl / Orlando, Fla.
TEXAS TECH IN THE MAZDA TANGERINE BOWL
Texas Tech (8-5, 5-3) of the Big 12 Conference will meet Clemson (7-5, 4-4) of the Atlantic Coast Conference in the 2002 Mazda Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Fla. The game will be played Mon., Dec. 23 at 4:30 (CT) at Florida Citrus Bowl (65,438).
Texas Tech and Clemson meet for the first time in the 2002 Mazda Tangerine Bowl.
RED RAIDERS MAKE IT 10 STRAIGHT
This season's bowl appearance marks the 10th-straight season that Texas Tech has been bowl eligible. Since the inception of the Big 12 Conference in 1996, only three teams have been bowl eligible each season – Texas Tech, Nebraska and Kansas State. The Red Raiders have played in bowl games in each of the past three seasons, including games against East Carolina in the Galleryfurniture.com Bowl in 2000; against Iowa in the Alamo Bowl in 2001; and this season's game against Clemson in the Mazda Tangerine Bowl.
The Red Raiders are 5-19-1 all-time in bowl games and last won in the 1995 Copper Bowl (55-41 over Air Force). Texas Tech ranks 21st all-time in bowl appearances and have played 14 of the 25 games in the state of Texas – Sun (8), Cotton (2), Alamo (2), Bluebonnet (2) and Galleryfurniture.com.
ON THE TUBE
ESPN will televise the contest to a national cable audience. Mike Tirico, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Dr. Jerry Punch will call the action.
WE'VE BEEN HERE BEFORE
This isn't Texas Tech's first trip to the Tangerine Bowl. The Red Raiders faced Florida State in the 1977 game, ironically, on Dec. 23. The Seminoles handed Tech a 40-17 defeat in what is now the Citrus Bowl.
RED RAIDER SENIORS IN FINALE
Nineteen senior members of the football squad will taking part in a Texas Tech football game for the final time at the Houston Bowl. The 19 players include CB Peter Abrigg, DT Lamont Anderson, DS Eric Bartee, LB Lennard Christensen, DB Cody Davis, DL Jeff Denton, LB Lawrence Flugence, P/K Clinton Greathouse, CB Joselio Hanson, RB Preston Hartfield, DE Aaron Hunt, QB Kliff Kingsbury, DL Rodney McKinney, DT Josh Page, WR Anton Paige, OL Rex Richards, CB Ricky Sailor, PK Robert Treece and DT Robert Wyatt.
TEXAS TECH POSTS 8-5 RECORD
Texas Tech completed the regular season with an 8-5 overall record, including a 5-3 mark in the Big 12 Conference. The Red Raiders finished third in the Big 12 South. In non-conference action, Texas Tech defeated SMU, Mississippi and New Mexico and suffered losses to Ohio State and North Carolina State. In Big 12 play, the Red Raiders defeated Texas A&M, Missouri, Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas. League losses came to Iowa State, Colorado and Oklahoma.
Texas Tech's eight wins also are the most for a Red Raider team since the 1995 squad finished 9-3. The win total this season is the third highest in the last 25 years (9-3 in 1989 and 1995).
RED RAIDER HISTORY
Texas Tech has played 846 games since beginning football in 1925. Overall, Texas Tech record is 448-366-32 (.548). That includes a 159-162-6 (.495) conference mark (Border, Southwest, Big 12) and 51 winning seasons.
RED RAIDERS ENDURE STRONG SCHEDULE
Texas Tech's schedule strength ranked as the third toughest in the nation, behind Southern California and Stanford, according to the NCAA (Dec. 1). The 2002 slate was the strongest in school history and boasted six ranked teams at game time and one other that was ranked during the season.
TEXAS TECH IS NOT THE ONLY ONE GOING BOWLING
Nine of Texas Tech's 13 opponents this season are bowl eligible, with nine making appearances in the postseason. The bowl game will push the total of bowl opponents to 10 for the season. IN THE RANKINGS
Although the Red Raiders aren't currently ranked, they did manage to crack the top 25 for the first time since the 1998 season. Following its win over then-No. 3 Texas, Texas Tech was ranked 23rd the following week. Over the course of the season, the Red Raiders remained close to the list, receiving votes in 10 of the 13 weeks.
ON THIS DATE
Texas Tech is 0-1 in games played on December 23. Ironically, the only other time Texas Tech has played on this date was against Florida State in the 1977 Tangering Bowl (now the Citrus Bowl).
ALL-BIG 12 HONORS
Senior QB Kliff Kingsbury was named to the Big 12 Coaches' First Team, while Wes Welker earned two spots on the second team as a wide receiver and kick returner. LB Lawrence Flugence also picked up second team honors. TE Mickey Peters, OL Rex Richards, OL Toby Cecil, OL Daniel Loper, RB Taurean Henderson and DL Rodney McKinney were selected to the third team. Wrapping up honorable mention honors are DE Aaron Hunt, DE Adell Duckett, LB John Saldi, SS Ryan Aycock, CB Ricky Sailor and PK Robert Treece.
KINGSBURY EARNS NATIONAL HONOR
Senior QB Kliff Kingsbury was named the Verizon Academic All-American of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA). Kingsbury graduated in December 2001 with a 3.86 grade point average in management. He also was awarded an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship by the College Football Foundation and Hall of Fame at the organization's 45th Annual Awards Ceremony in New York City on Dec. 10.
TEXAS TECH DEPTH CHART
The 2002 Red Raiders are a young bunch, which bodes well for the future. On both sides of the ball, eight seniors, 14 juniors, 11 sophomores and eight freshmen comprise the two-deep chart.
COMPARING THE STATS
Statistics Clemson Texas Tech Scoring Offense 26.3 37.1 Scoring Defense 24.5 32.6 Rushing Yards per Game 127.3 100.0 Passing Yards per Game 236.5 383.1 Total Offense 363.8 483.1 Rushing Defense 163.8 173.4 Passing Defense 175.0 233.5 Total Defense 338.8 406.8 Turnover Margin +5 -13 3rd & 4th Down Conversions 70-175 / 6-17 89-204 / 24-38TEXAS TECH ON TELEVISION
The bowl game, scheduled for an ESPN telecast, marks the ninth television appearance for the Red Raiders this season. Tech opened the season on ABC at Ohio State and followed with home games against Mississippi (ABC) and North Carolina State (FOX Regional). The Red Raiders' games at New Mexico (ESPN2), Iowa State (TBS), Colorado (FOX Regional), Texas (ABC) and Oklahoma (TBS) also were aired. Texas Tech's nine televised games are the most since 10 matchups were aired during the 1996 season.
BIG 12 BOWL SEASON
Eight members of the Big 12 Conference are going to bowl games, including Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech. The Red Raiders did not play Kansas State or Nebraska this season.
FLORIDA RED RAIDERS
Two Red Raiders hail from the state of Florida – WR Anton Paige is from Royal Palm Beach and CB Ricky Sailor is from Tampa.
INTERCEPTIONS A RARE THING IN THIS OFFENSE
With the frequency Texas Tech tends to throw the ball, it's amazing there aren't more interceptions. Not saying the Red Raider quarterbacks aren't accurate, but the numbers are impressive. As a team, Texas Tech has thrown only 14 interceptions in 718 pass attempts (that's one pick every 51.3 passes!). Tech signal caller Kliff Kingsbury has only one interception every 55.8 pass attempts.
OPPONENTS FINDING RESISTANCE IN THIRD-DOWN SITUATIONS
Since allowing a 53.1 percent success rate on third downs in the first four games of the season, the Texas Tech defense has been stingy down the stretch. Over the last nine games of the regular season, the Tech "D" held opponents to 53-of-136 (38.9%). In the first four games, the opposition was successful on 34-of-64 attempts.
After struggling through the first half of the season, the Texas Tech defense made a stand in the last five games. Tech had been allowing 414.4 yards of total offense per game heading into the Colorado weekend, but held its last five opponents to 394.8 yards per game.
ANOTHER McMACKIN SHUTOUT
The Texas Tech defense answered the call against New Mexico, holding the Lobos scoreless. The shutout is the fifth in the last three seasons with DC Greg McMackin calling the shots. The unit's three shutouts in 2000 tied LSU with the nation's lead.
LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD
Texas Tech scored 40 or more points in eight games and scored 482 points on the season, shattering the school record of 428 points set during the 1953 season. The Red Raiders are averaging 37.1 points per game. The previous high under Leach was 402 last season.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders crowned themselves State Champions tonight thanks to a 42-38 win over rival Texas. The win gives Texas Tech season victories over all four schools that Tech played within the state (at SMU 24-14; at Texas A&M 48-47 (OT); Baylor 62-11 and Texas 42-38). The last time Texas Tech beat all three in-state Big 12 schools was in 1997. The last time the Red Raiders beat every team they played from the state was in 1954 (Texas A&M, West Texas State, Texas Western, Houston and Hardin Simmons).
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Senior QB Kliff Kingsbury was named Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week four times during the season following Tech wins over New Mexico, Texas A&M, Missouri and Texas. In the four games, Kingsbury completed 177-of-248 for 1,864 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Senior P Clinton Greathouse picked up Big 12 Conference Special Team Player of the Week honors following his performance against Mississippi. Greathouse punted five times for an average of 51.6 yards per kick and trapped the Rebels inside the 5-yard line three times, once at the six and another one inside the 20.
Junior WR/PR Wes Welker earned Big 12 Conference Special Team Player of the Week honors after running up 327 all-purpose yards against Texas A&M. Welker gave Tech its first lead of the game late in the fourth quarter with an 88-yard punt return for a touchdown, the longest allowed in A&M history.
TECH LOGS BIG WIN OVER TEXAS
Texas Tech's win over No. 3 Texas marked the biggest win in school history when it comes to the national rankings. Texas Tech had only beaten a Top 5 team one time in school history as the Red Raiders defeated No. 5 Houston 22-21 in Lubbock on Nov. 25, 1978. The last time Texas Tech defeated a team ranked in the Top 10 was against No. 6 Texas A&M on Oct. 2, 1999, when the Red Raiders scored a 21-19 win.
TREECE HAS BEEN SURE-FOOTED
Senior PK Robert Treece handled all of Texas Tech's field goal and PAT attempts throughout the season. Treece leads Texas Tech in scoring with 83 points. He scored a career-high 12 points in the loss to North Carolina State, but connected on all six extra point attempts. In the win over Mississippi, Treece nailed a career long 45-yard field goal and is 11-of-17 on the season in that category. He also has made all 50 extra point attempts.
Over the course of his two-year career, Treece has been impressive on extra points, connecting on all 93 attempts. He also has made 21-of-29 field goals and has 156 career points. He holds single-season records in extra points made (50) and attempted (50) and is the career leader with 93-consecutive made extra points. His .724 field goal percentage also is a career record at Tech.
RUNNING GAME IMPROVING IN LEACH'S THIRD SEASON The Red Raiders are in the midst of their best season on the ground during Leach's three seasons. In year one, Tech averaged 66.4 yards per game on the ground and improved by nearly 15 yards in the second season. The Red Raiders have passed the 1,000-yard rushing mark and are averaging over the 100-yard mark for the first time under Leach.
Texas Tech eclipsed 400 passing yards in six games this season, including 500 yards in three of the last six. Tech ranks second nationally with 383.1 passing yards per game, but bettered that mark in the last four home games. Tech averaged 499.0 passing yards per game at home over the last four, with games of 518 against Missouri, 512 against Baylor, 458 against Oklahoma State and 508 against Texas.
Texas Tech QB Kliff Kingsbury was nothing short of phenomenal in the friendly confines of Jones SBC Stadium since he threw his last interception on home turf (vs. Oklahoma, 2001). Since that pick, Kingsbury finished his career at home with some impressive numbers: 255 completions, 355 attempts, 0 interceptions, 28 TDs, 2,704 yards (including final 5-of-10 against the Sooners in '01).
KINGSBURY PICKS APART NATION'S NO. 3 PASS DEFENSE
Texas Tech passers combined for 508 passing yards against nation's third-ranked pass defense in the win over Texas, including Kliff Kingsbury's 473 passing yards and six touchdown tosses. The Longhorns entered the game allowing 125 yards per game in the air. The game was not the first time the Red Raiders had success against a top-ranked defense. Tech picked apart Texas A&M in the Red Raiders 48-47 overtime win in College Station. Kingsbury threw for five touchdowns and 474 yards, while completing 49-of-59 passes for an NCAA single-game record 83.1 completion percentage.
KINGSBURY CONTINUES CLIMB IN NCAA CHARTS
Kingsbury is currently in fourth place all-time on the NCAA career passing list and has 12,054 career passing yards. Louisville's Chris Redman holds the third spot with 12,541 yards. Kingsbury also ranks fourth all-time with 11,918 yards of total offense. Additionally, Kingsbury's 42 touchdown passes this season is fifth on the NCAA single-season list, while his 92 career scoring tosses also is fifth.
HENDERSON PLAYING DUAL ROLE
Freshman RB Taurean Henderson leads the Red Raiders in rushing and receiving and is on pace to set school records in both categories. He has 143 carries for 733 yards and has a single-season freshman record 90 receptions for a freshman record 577 yards. His current average of 5.1 yards per carry is the best for a Tech running back since Shaud Williams averaged 5.9 in 1999. He also ranks ninth nationally with 6.4 receptions per game. Henderson already has established the single-season freshman scoring record with 66 points, bettering Williams' mark of 42 in 1999. He also needs only three receptions to break the single-season record of 92, set by Ricky Williams last season.
WELKER ONE OF SCHOOL'S TOP ALL-PURPOSE PLAYERS
Junior IR Wes Welker has 3,943 career all-purpose yards and ranks fifth on the school's all-time top 10 list. He has rolled up 1,289 punt return yards, 383 rushing yards, 1,950 receiving yards and 321 kickoff return yards over his career. Welker currently ranks third at Tech with 159 receptions; second with 114 punt returns; and is second with 1,289 punt return yards. He also ranks in the Big 12 in career receptions (3rd), punt return yards (2nd) and punt returns (3rd).
FLUGENCE ESTABLISHES TECH AND BIG 12 MARKS
Senior LB Lawrence Flugence set a single-season school and Big 12 record with 187 tackles and established career marks along the way. Flugence currently has 490 career tackle which is both Tech and Big 12 career records. Flugence has led the Big 12 Conference in tackles in each of the last three seasons. Flugence posted 20+ tackles in three games this season, including 23 in the opener at Ohio State, 21 at SMU and 21 at Iowa State. He also logged double-digit tackles in 11 games and had nine against Missouri.
HUNT BECOMES TOP QUARTERBACK SEEKER
Senior DE Aaron Hunt set both the Texas Tech and Big 12 Conference career sacks record this season. In the season opener at Ohio State, Hunt recorded his 26th career sack, establishing the school record. With his sack against Oklahoma State, Hunt set the Big 12 sacks records. He currently has 32 in his career, which also ranks among the NCAA's all-time top five.
GLOVER FINDS THE ENDZONE
Sophomore WR Nehemiah Glover leads the team with nine touchdown receptions, the most for a Tech receiver since Derek Dorris hauled in nine in 2000. A bright spot in the receiving corps this season, Glover has made the most of his receptions. He ranks fifth on the team with 44 receptions and is tied for second on the single-season touchdown receptions list.
After catching one touchdown in 32 receptions last season, Glover is averaging a touchdown catch once every 4.9 receptions this season. He caught his first of the season in the win over SMU and followed with his second the next week against Mississippi. He caught a career-high three touchdown passes against Missouri and logged a career-high 105 yards on four receptions against Texas. He also caught two touchdown passes against the 'Horns.
WELKER STREAK CONTINUES
Welker has caught a pass in 32-consecutive games, dating back to Oct. 7, 2000; during his freshman season against Baylor for his first career catch. Welker's career receiving numbers: 159 receptions, 1,950 yards and 10 touchdowns.
PAPER OR PLASTIC
Since going without a sack at Colorado, the Texas Tech defense has carved a niche in opposing backfields. The Red Raiders dropped the opposing quarterback 12 times in the last four games. On the season, the Red Raiders have 25 sacks, led by DE Aaron Hunt's seven.
AYCOCK MAKING THE STOP
Junior SS Ryan Aycock is second on the team with 143 tackles in 13 games, which ranks eighth on the Texas Tech single-season tackles list. He also has six tackles for loss, two sacks, an interception, 12 pass breakups and a team-leading two forced fumbles.
Aycock opened the season with back-to-back 16-tackle games at Ohio State and SMU. He followed with 14 against Ole Miss and had games of 16 (Oklahoma), 13 (Missouri, Oklahoma State) and 12 (Texas A&M, Colorado).
DUCKETT STRONG AT THE END
Sophomore DE Adell Duckett made his first collegiate start against Mississippi and earned the slot in the lineup for good with his performance. Duckett hassled UM quarterback Eli Manning all day, logging five pass breakups, including a 21-yard interception return for a touchdown. He also had six tackles in the game. On the season, Duckett is fifth on the team with 78 tackles, including eight for loss and four sacks.
THE OTHER END IS JUST AS STRONG
On the flip side of the defensive line is Tech All-American DE Aaron Hunt. His sack abilities have been mentioned time and time again, but Hunt also is the school's tackles for loss leader with 17 this season. Add that total to the 30 he entered the season with and Hunt ranks second behind Montae Reagor with 47 career tackles for loss. He also is the school career record holder with 159 tackle for loss yards.
BRICK WALL IN THE SECONDARY
Senior CB Joselio Hanson has a knack for knocking down the pass. Hanson set a single-season school record a year ago with 20 pass breakups and has bettered that mark by three this season. He turned in his top performance against Oklahoma State with eight tackles and a school record eight pass breakups. Hanson also is tied for the team lead with three interceptions this season and has four for his career.
FIRST TIME STARTERS
Fourteen Red Raiders have started for the first time this season. OL Cody Campbell, LB Marquis Turner and FS Byron Johnson were in the starting lineup in the opener at Ohio State, while OL Jon Rodriguez, RB Taurean Henderson, DT Josh Page and FS Raymond Pierce got the starting nod at SMU. WR Armon Dorrough received his first start against Mississippi and OL E.J. Whitley and LB Geremy Woods hit the turf against N.C. State. LB Jason Wesley and LB John Saldi earned their first starts against New Mexico and Iowa State, respectively, while former running back Vincent Meeks made the switch to free safety and made the starting lineup against Oklahoma State.
TEXAS TECH BY QUARTERS
Texas Tech has outscored opponents in the second and fourth quarters this season, while being out-scored in the first and third. Tech holds a 135-81 advantage in the second frame and 158-105 lead in the fourth. The opposition leads 97-89 in the first and 129-90 in the third. Tech trails 12-10 in overtime scoring. THE FAT BOY CLUB
Texas Tech's offensive line has taken a page from the wide receivers' notebook. Last season the wide receivers adopted the name AFROS (American's Finest Receivers on Saturday) for their unit. Enter the Fat Boy Club in 2002. Tech's offensive line averages 311.8 pounds and is one of the top 10 heaviest O-lines in the country, according to a poll taken by the University of Houston sports information office.
CAPTAINS FOR 2002 SEASON
Quarterback Kliff Kingsbury, linebacker Lawrence Flugence, defensive end Aaron Hunt and offensive guard Rex Richards were elected as team captains for the 2002 season in a team vote prior to the start of the season.