Red Raiders Win Debut Against Florida Intl.

Texas Tech looked impressive in their first outing of the season

Texas Tech's new signal caller, Cody Hodges, led the Red Raiders to a 56-3 victory over the Florida International Golden Panthers on Saturday and left little doubt about his readiness to take over the qb position. After completing a 19-yard pass to Joel Filani on the first possession of the game, Hodges rolled the rest of the night, finishing 29-37 with 454 yards, 4 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Hodges' ability to run the football was also displayed as he rushed for 44 yards on 7 carries and 1 td.

The Texas Tech receiving corps was stellar, with converted qb turned receiver Robert Johnson leading the way with 129 yards and 1 touchdown. Sophomore Danny Amendola generated excitement among Tech fans with a couple of superb catches and finished with 91 yards receiving on 5 catches. The All-Big 12 punt returner picked up where he left off last year, returning 3 punts for a total of 57 yards. Running backs Taurean Henderson and Shannon Woods showed that Tech's backfield will be a force to be contended with as well, with Henderson averaging 8.4 yards per carry and Woods averaging 7.0 yards per carry.

Texas Tech's defense held Florida International to 349 total yards and was especially effective in preventing the Golden Panthers from scoring, allowing no touchdowns and only 1 field goal on the night. Ken Scott led the Red Raider defense with 8 tackles. It appeared that Lyle only ran basic defensive packages during the game and implemented a bend but not break strategy. FIU had success moving the ball between the 20's, but once they entered the red zone the Texas Tech D clamped down and sent them away with either a FG or nothing at all.

Overall, it was a good outing for the now #19 ranked Red Raiders. There is still some room for improvement on D, but a lot of the less then desired defensive statistics could be a result of Lyle's vanilla game plan for the Golden Panthers. Coach Leach always says the most improvement is made from week one to two, so look for an even better performance next Saturday against Sam Houston State.

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