Baucum's Bits

It was a tale of two halves for Texas Tech, but in the end, the Red Raiders had what they needed to leave with a 1-0 record.

*This game is definitely a tale of two halves for the Red Raiders. Trailing 10-9 at the start of the third quarter, the Red Raiders rallied as a team and successfully moved the ball in the 2nd half.

*Today's game was a nice start to the season for Seth Doege and a bona fide coming out party for junior WR Darrin Moore. He had 12 catches for 221 yards and a score. Both the 12 catches and the 221 yards put him at No. 9 on the school charts. Travis and Yeager will certainly cover him with more depth in their writing.

*The Red Raider defense gave up some big plays and allowed a few too many long drives by the Texas State offense. However, they stood strong and recovered four forced fumbles in the second half.

*Seth Doege was pretty sharp. Yes he leaned on Darrin Moore, but Brandon Weeden is doing the same thing at Oklahoma State.  Look for Texas Tech's receiving corps to make more plays outside of the Z position as the games move along. Doege will get more comfortable with other targets and those guys will do a better job of getting open.

*Eric Stephens eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark today. In his 27th game as a Red Raider, Stephens rushed 21 times for 126 yards and 2 scores.  Though he put the ball on the ground a time or two, Tech didn't lose possession on any of them.

*4 forced fumbles tonight ties a school record. The last time Tech did that was against TCU in 2003.

*Tech won the coin toss and elected to receive. Neal Brown made reference to it in his post game remarks and he jokingly said he does not expect to get that opportunity again.

*Tommy Tuberville has a 12-4 mark in season openers and is 2-0 at Texas Tech.

*Texas Tech has a 45-8 home record since 2003.

*50 points scored tonight were the most for the Red Raiders since scoring 52 at New Mexico last season.

*Looking ahead to New Mexico, the Lobos lost 14-10 at home to Colorado State.


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