Defensive back Tevin Madison and running back Justin Stockton made their collegiate debuts and did not disappoint.
Madison, who was rated as a two-star wide receiver, started as a defensive back for Texas Tech Saturday and tied Central Arkansas defensive back Bobby Watkins as the game leader in tackles. Madison made nine tackles, all solo, including one for a loss. He added three pass break-ups, a pair of which came on deep passes near the end zone. Without Madison’s big-time play, the Red Raiders may have been upset by the FCS school out of Conway, Ark.
The Red Raiders held off a Central Arkansas team who featured a new head coach in his first game with the school. Nevertheless, Steve Campbell’s Central Arkansas Bears could not pull off the upset. Texas Tech was able to survive with a 42-35 victory.
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Justin Stocktona four-star running back who played high school ball at Cibolo Steele, took his little amount of playing time and turned it into a big impact. Stockton’s play was not life-or-death, but his first carry certainly helped Tech.
Stockton’s name was called for the first time at the Central Arkansas six-yard line in the second quarter. This added onto the momentum created by a mishandled extra point opportunity by the Bears. The speedster carried the ball into the end zone in a blink of an eye. This freshman played near-flawless football carrying the ball six times for 38 yards. His current average is over six yards per carry. In addition, Stockton caught two receptions for 17 yards.