Red Raiders Houston bound

The Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-5) will face the Navy Midshipmen (8-4) in the 2003 Houston Bowl on December 30th. The game will pit the Red Raiders' number one ranked passing offense against Navy's top ranked rushing attack.

The venue should provide a homecoming of sorts for some members of the team, as well as allow Texas Tech fans to make a fairly easy trip for the bowl game. "We are excited to have the opportunity to play in Houston," Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach said. "We have several players from the area and our alumni base there is strong. We are looking forward to playing a strong opponent in Navy in what has become a great bowl game."

The game does present some interesting dynamics, but the Red Raiders should come out on top. Texas Tech simply has too much offense for Navy to stop. This season, Navy has conceded 317 yards per game, despite playing a weak schedule. Texas Tech should move the ball with ease throughout the game as quarterback B.J. Symons increases his record for passing yards in a single season. The biggest question heading into the game is how the Red Raiders will do against the powerful ground game of Navy. While the Texas Tech defense has struggled at times, it has been successful when it focuses on a single aspect of the opponent's offense. With Navy having no real passing game to speak of, the Red Raiders should be able to slow down the Navy ground game.

Texas Tech played in the Houston Bowl, then called the Bowl, during Coach Leach's first year as a Head Coach. Since then the Red Raiders have played in the Alamo and Tangerine Bowls.

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