Red Raiders Overcome Turnovers to Beat Colorado

The Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-3, 3-2) overcame 5 interceptions by quarterback B.J. Symons to defeat the Colorado Buffaloes (3-6, 1-4). The Texas Tech defense, with some help from Wes Welker, Propelled the Red Raiders to a 26-21 victory.

Colorado scored first following a B.J. Symons interception. Joel Klatt found Derek McCoy for a 27-yard touchdown pass to give Colorado an early 7-0 lead.

Colorado scored their second touchdown of the game following another Symons interception. The Buffaloes finished the 21-yard drive with a 1-yard run by Daniel Jolly to take a 14-0 lead.

Texas Tech scored their first points of the game midway through the second quarter when Keith Toogood kicked a 37-yard field goal to make the score 14-3.

Following a defensive stop, Wes Welker broke the NCAA record for punt return touchdowns when he returned a Colorado punt 58 yards for the score. The touchdown brought the score to 14-9 following a missed extra point.

The Red Raiders ended the first half by scoring another field goal. This time Toogood connected on a 24-yard kick to make the score 14-12 at the half.

The Red Raiders scored again when Symons found Welker for a 13-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to give the Red Raiders a 19-14 lead.

Texas Tech scored again in the third quarter when Taurean Henderson rushed 10-yards for a touchdown to extend the lead to 26-14.

Colorado drove 74 yards to score a touchdown late in the game. Klatt found McCoy once again, this time for an 8-yard touchdown pass to make the score 26-21.

Colorado's comeback was thwarted when Vincent Meeks intercepted a pass on the 7-yard line to seal the victory.

Player of the Game
Wes Welker

Team Analysis

QB – Symons had a horrible start to the game, turning the ball over on Texas Tech's first four possessions. He finished the game with a school record tying 5 interceptions, and a fumble. Symons completed 30 of 51 passes for 399 yards and 1 touchdown. Symons didn't play a great game, but tonight the rest of the team played well enough to make up for it.

RB – Taurean Henderson had another good game, this time he gained 115 yards on 15 touches. Henderson does a great job of being ready to make plays whenever he is called upon, and has been one of the most consistent performers this season.

WR – The receivers as a group played a solid game. Wes Welker was the star of the game catching 5 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. Welker's offensive performance combined with his special teams play should remind Red Raider fans just how special he is.

OL – The guys up front played a solid game. The Texas Tech offensive line has to do a lot of things in this offensive system, and tonight they performed all of their tasks well. This has been the best offensive line to play under Mike Leach.

DL – After an embarrassing performance last week, the line bounced back to play their best game of the season. Led by Addell Duckett, the defensive line caused problems for Colorado all night.

LB – Just like the line, the linebackers played a solid game. Brock Stratton got his first interception, and like the rest of the linebackers did a good job in run and pass situations. This group has plenty of talent; they just need a little more time to realize their potential.

DB – The defensive backs have played good in pass coverage recently, and tonight was no different. Ryan Aycock and Vincent Meeks had important interceptions to help the Red Raiders. Meek's interception was one of the plays of the game as he stopped the Colorado comeback with a nice interception and return.

Special Teams – Wes Welker continues to amaze fans with his abilities. Tonight's return gives Welker 8 touchdowns on punt returns, a new NCAA record. Toogood also had a good night, converting both of his field goal attempts, and kicking every kickoff out of the endzone.

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