Raiders Destroy Lobos, 49-0

Texas Tech clicked in all three phases of the game as they routed the New Mexico, 49-0. The Red Raiders were the first team to shut the Lobos out in 111 games and gave them their worst defeat in twenty years. <b>Kliff Kingsbury</b> threw for 406 yards and six touchdowns, and the Raider defense only allowed the Lobos past midfield once.

Texas Tech clicked in all three phases of the game as they routed the New Mexico, 49-0. The Red Raiders were the first team to shut the Lobos out in 111 games and gave them their worst defeat in twenty years. Kliff Kingsbury threw for 406 yards and six touchdowns, and the Raider defense only allowed the Lobos past midfield once.

Kingsbury's 6 touchdown passes, a personal best, were to four different receivers, including three to Anton Paige. Tech began slow, punting on their first two possessions, but turned their next four into touchdowns before the half.

With the score tied 0-0 in the first quarter, Tech found themselves staring at a 4th and 20 near the Lobo's 35. Mike Leach, opting to go for it instead of kicking the field goal, saw Kingsbury complete a 34 yard pass to Anton Paige, taking them to the three yard line. Two plays later, Kingsbury and Paige hooked up again to put the first six up on the board.

After the methodical first half, the Raider offense put points up on two of their next four drives. The Tech defense forced five of the Lobos nine punts in the second half to preserve the shutout.

With the outcome decided, Leach cleared the bench in the fourth quarter. Several of the backups performed well, including Randall Cherry, who recorded a sack, and , whose 6 for 9 passing led the Raiders to their final touchdown, a two yard run by Vincent Meeks.

Players of the Game Texas Tech – Quarterback Kliff Kingsbury - 6 TDs New Mexico – Punter Tyler Gaus - 40 yard average, including a 57 long

Team Analysis

QB - A Kingsbury, wearing his lucky Britney Spears' shirt, had a belated Heisman coming out party. Throwing for 6 touchdowns, 406 yards, and a 68% completion percentage, Kingsbury appeared not only confident, but dominant. Backup Symons had his best career performance. Averaging over 10 yards per completion, he led the final scoring drive with his strong arm and cool confidence.

RB - B True freshman Vincent Meeks led the team with 56 yards rushing on 9 carries and 1 touchdown. Taureen Henderson also had several big gains, though he only recorded 40 yards on 13 carries. The Lobos' defense was ranked top 25, and Tech's top 2 running backs averaged over 4 yards per carry and missed the century mark by only 4 yards. Also, the running backs yielded 0 sacks for the night.

WR - A- If it were not for the 4 dropped passes, 3 by Paige, 2 of the 3 being TD drops, the unit would have received an A. 14 different receivers caught balls. Mickey Peters led the team with 7 receptions, and 3 others had 6 receptions. Several otherwise un-utilized players got in on the action. Thomas Bachman and Cody Fuller had 2 receptions for 25 and 26 yards respectively, while Armon Dorrough snagged 3 himself.

OL - C+ The unit allowed several sacks, many hits on Kingsbury, and allowed the Lobo defense to flush the quarterback out of the pocket on several occasions. Still, the OL allowed Kingsbury the time to pick apart the Lobo defense. If a holding penalty did not contribute to a stalled drive on the first possession, the unit would have received a B. The "+" that accompanies the "C" is for Rex Richards' impressive tackle on Kingsbury's only interception to end the half.

DL - B+ The fact that the defense allowed a total of 96 yards rushing is remarkable, when compared to the past four games. Recording three sacks and several pressures, the defensive line accomplished a somewhat impressive job of frustrating the Lobo offense. Aaron Hunt had a big deflection, and Fred Thwreat, in his first extended look, recorded several crushing tackles. If the Lobo starting running back was not injured, and had the defense posted the same dominating game, the defensive line would receive an A.

LB - B- The LB crew tackled better than their previous performances, but then again, they still lacked the big-play capability. All three starters made several tackles in a solid, though unspectacular, showing.

DB - A- The secondary held the two Lobo quarterbacks to 114 yards passing, with one interception by Ricky Sailor. Most passes were thrown into double and triple coverage, a testament to the mental focus of the unit. True freshman Tim Norman had an impressive tackle on a sweep on the Lobos' last possession in the first half, and strong safety Ryan Aycock recorded a sack.

Special Teams - D Punt returner Wes Welker never ran free from the swarming Lobo coverage. Punter Clinton Greathouse averaged only 31 yards per punt. The Raiders, thanks to a dominating performance by the defense, only returned one kick (the opening kick) for 35 yards, by Meeks. The kickoff team allowed four different Lobos to gain 20+ yard returns. Kicker Robert Treece missed a 22 yard field goal. On the bright side, Tech converted every extra point attempt.


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