Texas Tech's Outside Weapon

Seth Doege and Darrin Moore connected 12 times for 221 yards and a touchdown on Saturday. That's something that could become a regular trend for the two Red Raiders.

In 2010 Darrin Moore played in the shadows of Lyle Leong and Detron Lewis, but in 2011 he has found himself to be the go-to guy for junior quarterback Seth Doege right off the bat.

Texas Tech's offense took some time to start firing on all cylinders in Saturday's home and season opener against Texas State, but the one constant in the game was Doege's passes to Moore being complete on 12 different occasions for a record 221 yards.

"We knew that was a matchup that we liked going into the game just based on film from last year," Tech Offensive Coordinator Neal Brown said following the game. "I thought Seth (Doege) threw the deep ball really well, and Darrin (Moore) went up and made plays like we need him to be."

Moore finished the night doing something that has not been done since Michael Crabtree reeled in nine passes for 195 yards against then- No. 15 Texas on November 10, 2007 in Austin.

The Irving native outdid Crabtree in both categories racking up 221 receiving yards, which is the most in school history for a wide receiver in the season opener, on 12 catches. Those numbers also rank 10th all-time for single game receiving yards and ninth for catches.

Doege and Moore seemed to click all night long. Moore said this is all because of the extra time the two put in during the offseason and it has translated to the field well.

"Yeah me and Seth (Doege) got a real good relationship," Tech wide receiver Darrin Moore said following the 50-10 victory. "I mean day after day in the summer, spring, getting extra work after practice. I mean we worked a lot together, feel like we got a pretty good relationship."

The offseason did not come without some tough times for the junior wide out as he had to leave the fall camp for a short period of time to deal with a death in his family.

After taking some time to spend with his family and work through it, Moore said he came back to camp to work and get better.

"Last month's been pretty hard," Moore said. "After I came back to camp, I felt like I tried to block it out in my mind and try to use it as motivation."

Moore did not let anything stop him on Saturday as he battled corners for the ball and made catches that other wide receivers might struggle to reel in.

Doege said that it was nice to see Moore have a game like this after everything he's been through.

"He's had rough patches the last month or two, and it's huge for him to step up and have the game he had," Doege said. "I know his father's proud of him, and I know his family's proud of him. I'm really happy for him, I'm glad he played so well."

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