Stockton Playing Lights Out

Texas Tech freshman running back Justin Stockton is averaging 12.4 yards per carry. His 75-yard touchdown sprint Saturday night against UTEP was the longest scoring run by a Red Raider since Eric Stephens' 86-yard TD run against Northwestern in the TicketCity Bowl in 2011.

In only his second game as a true freshman, Justin Stockton is already becoming a household name.

The Cibolo Steele product showed promise against Central Arkansas by picking up 38 yards and a touchdown in the first game of his career. Although he got minimal carries, Stockton averaged over six yards per carry.

Saturday night, Stockton electrified the Texas Tech fan base and showed himself worthy of more touches moving forward.

For starters, the boy wonder scored Tech’s first touchdown on a 75-yard scamper. The true freshman, who rated as a four-star recruit, also made two pivotal runs on the game-winning drive. Stockton had his name called back-to-back times on first down, gashing UTEP for 20 and then 24 yards, respectively.

He finished the night with 135 rushing yards on just eight carries for a whopping 16.9 yards per carry average! This more than doubles his average yards per carry one week ago.

Two games in to his college career, Stockton is Tech’s leading rusher with 177 yards and a pair of scores on just 14 attempts for an average of 12.4 yards per carry. He is on on pace for 1,038 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Texas Tech has not featured a 1,000 yard rusher since Ricky Williams in 1998.

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