Texas Tech Falls Short of Beating Alabama

The Red Raiders fought hard all game long. But in the end, they came up just a little bit short. With 5 seconds remaining on the clock, Alabama kicked the game winning field goal to lift the Crimson Tide to a 13-10 victory over #18 ranked Texas Tech.

Alabama's defense held the high-powered Tech offense in check for most of the game, but the Red Raiders managed to get their first TD with 2:56 left in the 4th quarter to tie the game at 10. On the ensuing possession, Brodie Croyle drove all the way down to the Tech 28 yard line setting up a 45 yard field goal for Jamie Christensen. The kick did not look very good and most believed that it wouldn't even make it to the uprights, but the ball snuck through the bottom left corner of the goalpost.

Cody Hodges ended his career by passing for 196 yards, completing 15 out of 32 attempts for one touchdown and zero interceptions. Late in the 4th quarter Hodges seemed to have injured his knee, which gave redshirt freshman Graham Harrell a chance to go in for a series. Graham completed a pass for 30 yards but the Red Raiders were forced to punt after not converting on a 3rd and long.

Hodges returned back into the game the very next series and led Texas Tech to their first touchdown drive of the game. His knee was so badly injured that he had to be helped off the field by Manny Ramirez. Cody showed great heart and determination. He gave everything he had to this football team which should make every Red Raider proud he was on our sideline.

Texas Tech finishes the year 9-3 and should be ranked in the final rankings that will come out after the Rose Bowl. This will mark the 2nd year in a row that the Red Raiders will finish the season in the top 25.

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