Red Raiders win Houston Bowl

The Texas Tech Red Raiders (8-5) finished the 2003 season with a 38-14 victory over the Navy Midshipmen (8-5). B.J. Symons threw the ball for 497 yards and 4 touchdowns in his final game as a Red Raider to become only the second quarterback in Division 1-A history to pass for more than 50 touchdowns in a season.

Texas Tech got on the board first, driving 47 yards for a touchdown. B.J. Symons found Mickey Peters for a 4-yard touchdown pass to give the Red Raiders a 7-0 lead.

Texas Tech struck again late in the half. Texas Tech drove 80 yards before Symons found Nehemiah Glover for a 17-yard touchdown pass to extend their lead to 14-0 going into the half.

Navy got off to a quick start in the second half, driving 79 yards to set up a 2-yard touchdown rush by Craig Candeto to make the score 14-7.

The Red Raiders answered quickly by driving 67 yards for a touchdown. Taurean Henderson finished the drive with a 5-yd rushing touchdown to make the score 21-7.

Texas Tech setup a 21-yard field goal by Keith Toogood on their next drive to extend their lead to 24-7.

Navy scored their last touchdown of the game by driving 81 yards to setup a 2-yard rushing touchdown by Candeto. The touchdown made the score 24-14.

Texas Tech answered with an 89-yard touchdown drive. Symons finished the drive with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jarrett Hicks to make the score 31-14.

The Red Raiders scored an insurance touchdown late in the game when Symons found Peters for a 4-yard touchdown pass to make the score 38-14.

Player of the Game
B.J. Symons

QB – B.J. Symons was able to take advantage of an out manned Navy defense in the Houston Bowl. Symons completed 41 of 53 passes (77.4%) for 497 yards and 4 touchdowns. Symons did throw an interception early in the game, but quickly got back on track. This game was just another in the long list of great games from Symons this season.

HB – Taurean Henderson finished off an impressive sophomore season by gaining 113 all-purpose yards and 1 touchdown on 20 touches. Henderson doesn't get nearly enough attention in this offense, but he continues to move the chains game after game. This is a nice way to finish off the year before Henderson comes back for what should be a productive third year.

WR – Nehemiah Glover caught 9 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown to lead the Texas Tech receivers. Wes Welker caught 7 passes for 107 yards to finish his career on a high note. Mickey Peters also had a nice game, catching 2 touchdown passes. This was a great game for the talented Texas Tech receivers. This group loses several key players to graduation, but there should be plenty of talent to build on next season.

OL – The offensive line was the key in this game. Symons had plenty of time to throw the ball for most of the game, and when necessary the line was able to open up running lanes for Henderson. This offense may generate lots of attention for the quarterback, but the line is where it all starts.

DL – The defensive line played a good game against the run today. It all started with Adell Duckett, who took up residence in the Navy backfield early in the game. The rest of the line followed suit, and forced Navy into several third and long situations.

LB – The linebackers may be a little undersized for run defense, but they made up for it with smart play today. This unit had very few mistakes despite the deceptive option attack of Navy.

DB – The defensive backs didn't have to worry about the pass game very much today, so they were able to focus on stopping the option. There were a couple of breakdowns, but overall the defensive backs were able to contain the Navy rushing attack, finishing the season on a high note.

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