SMU no match for Texas Tech

The Red Raiders started off the 2007 season with a bang. Coming into the game, Texas Tech had several question marks, but they answered them and then some with a 49-9 rout of SMU at Ford Stadium.

Texas Tech had 4 new starters on the offensive line. They also lost their 3 top receivers. There was no way the offense would be as prolific as in years past.

Think again.

Playing on a national stage, Graham Harrell showed why he is one of the best quarterbacks in the Big 12 as he lead the Red Raiders to a 49-9 route of the SMU Mustangs.

Throwing for 419 yards and 4 touchdowns on 44-59 passing, Harrell had plenty of time to go through his reads because of the outstanding play of the Tech offensive line. With 4 new starters, the line gelled quickly and bought Graham more then enough time to breakdown the SMU secondary.

Today also marked the debut of freshman sensation Michael Crabtree. He came into the game with a lot of hype, and he lived up to it catching 12 passes for 106 yards and 3 touchdowns.

The other storyline of the day was the Texas Tech defense. They held SMU out of the end zone and only allowed 270 yards of total offense from the Mustangs.

The Tech defense also forced 3 turnovers, an interception by safeties Anthony Hines and Daniel Charbonnet, and a fumble recovery by LB Marlon Williams.

Mike Leach sent in the 2nd string early in the 4th quarter to give the starters extra rest for the quick 5 day turnaround they have for the upcoming contest against UTEP.


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