Ward Shines On Senior Day

Ward, who played his final game at Jones AT&T Stadium Saturday, moved past Michael Crabtree on the career receptions list.

There seems to be a dark cloud hanging over a stormy Texas Tech locker room with the power out. With no communication of how strong the winds are or when it will stop, a light has made its way through the clouds. That light is senior wide receiver Eric Ward.

Ward, who played his final game at Jones AT&T Stadium Saturday, moved past Michael Crabtree on the career receptions list.

"It means a lot," Ward said. "That's a great accomplishment, but I gotta give credit to my team and my O-line making it available for my quarterback to throw the ball to me."

Crabtree left school early for the NFL with 231 receptions. Ward passed that mark with 11 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. His performance gives him 237 career receptions.

Ward reflected on the emotions of the day following the game Saturday and admitted he shed a tear.

"I love playing for Tech," Ward said. "I can't even find the words to describe how incredible this experience has been for me."

Although the Red Raiders were embarrassed in front of their home crowd on Senior Day, Ward had a very good game. He reminded everyone at the post-game press conference there are still more games to be played. That is where the storm may be weathered and Ward's shine may create a bright and sunny end of the season for the Texas Tech football program.

"The sky's the limit," Ward said. "The season's not over yet. We still got games to play. We just got to learn from our mistakes and protect the ball."

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