Texas Tech Dominates, Beats A&M 56-17

The Red Raiders hand A&M their worst loss of the season, improve to 8-1.

A record-setting 55,755 fans filled Jones SBC Stadium to watch the match up between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and cross-state rival Texas A&M. After Tech jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, the Aggies kept things close for the remainder of the first half, scoring 10 points and capitalizing on Tech's mistakes during the second quarter. In the end, however, the Red Raider offense proved too much for the Aggies to handle as Tech brought its record to 8-3 against A&M in their last 11 games.

Despite an A&M interception on Tech's 5-yard line late in the second quarter and only having a 4 point lead going into the locker room, the Red Raiders came out blazing in the second half, scoring 42 points to the Aggies' 7.

Cody Hodges bounced back from last week's lackluster performance against Baylor, throwing for 408 yards and 2 touchdowns and rushing for 41 yards and 1 touchdown. Tech's receivers thrashed A&M's secondary, with 9 players catching for 433 total yards. Jarrett Hicks made 8 catches for 147 yards and 2 touchdowns. Robert Johnson racked up 72 yards on 5 catches.

Taurean Henderson rushed for 109 yards on 20 carries and made 6 catches for 69 yards. He also scored 4 touchdowns, bringing his total to 408 and tying him for 3rd on the NCAA career list for most points scored by a non-kicker. After the game, he stated, "I do what I can for the team, but I don't think it was just me. I think it was all of us as a whole group. We always have to believe in one another and think that we are always going to go out there and play as a team and get the job done."

Texas Tech's defensive unit displayed their intensity and tenacity, holding the Aggies to 353 yards and 2-11 on third down conversions. Keyunta Dawson was the team's top tackler, making 9 solo tackles and assisting on 4. Dawson also had 1 tackle for a loss and a forced fumble.

Dwayne Slay continued to punish opponents with his hard-hitting tackles, and finished the night with 8.5 total tackles, 1 forced fumble, and an interception. Slay's forced fumble was his 8th of the season, setting a new Big 12 Conference record.

Tech's victory over A&M marks the 6th straight home win for the Raiders over the Aggies. The Red Raiders head to Stillwater, Oklahoma next Saturday to play the Oklahoma State Cowboys.


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