Tuesday Practice Report

After a great showing against the SMU Mustangs last Saturday, the #24 Red Raiders are back on the practice field fine tuning their game before they head to El Paso to play the UTEP Miners. The high powered Texas Tech offense racked up 501 yards of total offense against SMU and are looking to improve on that number this week.

The No. 24 ranked Texas Tech football team practiced in shells Tuesday for the first time this week, beginning preparations for the Saturday's match-up with UTEP in El Paso. The Red Raiders opened practice with a series of individual drills for a brush up on some of the fundamentals that will be necessary in the team's first road contest of the young 2006 season.

The first-team offense would later work against the scout team defense, getting a good look at some of the coverages they will see from the Miners this weekend. First-year starting quarterback Graham Harrell found senior receiver Joel Filani for a 45-yard touchdown on a deep post pattern. The highlight of the period, however, came on an acrobatic, over-the-shoulder catch hauled in by L.A. Reed on a fade route downfield. The sophomore from Conroe, Tex. made the grab falling towards the sideline away from the covering defender.

Defensive coordinator Lyle Setencich's unit worked against the scout-team offense in preparation for a UTEP attack that scored 34 points in its opener against San Diego State last Thursday night. The pass rush suffocated most of the offense's efforts today, and linebacker Brent Slaughter recorded an interception during the 11-on-11 action.

The Raiders will practice again Wednesday afternoon, continuing to ready themselves for Saturday night's meeting, the first between the two schools in El Paso since 1963. The game is set to kickoff at 8 p.m. CT and will be televised nationally on CSTV.

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