Texas Tech downs A&M in OT, 48-47

Texas Tech's Wes Welker stole the spotlight as he had 2 touchdowns and gained 327 all-purpose yards to lead the Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-2, 1-0) over the Texas A&M Aggies (3-2, 0-1) in the conference opener for both teams.

Texas Tech's Wes Welker stole the spotlight as he had 2 touchdowns and gained 327 all-purpose yards to lead the Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-2, 1-0) over the Texas A&M Aggies (3-2, 0-1) in the conference opener for both teams.

Long threw a 78-yard touchdown pass to receiver Bethel Johnson on the Aggies first offensive play of the game. This was the first of many touchdowns in a surprisingly high scoring game between these in-state rivals.

Following a 31-yard punt return the Aggies drove 36-yards for another touchdown to make the score 14-0. The drive was capped by a 4-yard touchdown pass to Greg Porter.

Tech answered with a 68-yard touchdown drive to get within seven. A 4-yard touchdown pass to Anton Paige capped off the drive.

After trading turnovers the teams then traded touchdowns to make the score 21-14.

Following a Carlos Francis fumble on a hook and ladder play Texas A&M drove the ball 71-yards for a touchdown. Long completed his fourth touchdown pass of the first half to Bethel Johnson. A 41-yard field goal by Treece made the score 28-17 at the half.

Long kept the big plays coming in the second half with an 82-yard touchdown pass to Jamaar Taylor, bringing the score to 35-17.

Tech then went on a 90-yard touchdown to start their comeback. The drive was capped with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker. On their next drive Tech went 67 yards for the touchdown to make the score 35-30. A 15-yard pass to Taurean Henderson finished off the drive.

Following a big stop by the Tech defense Wes Welker returned Cody Scates' punt 89-yards. The 2-point conversion was scored on a pass to Anton Paige to give Tech the 38-35 lead.

The Aggies answered with a 75 yard drive capped by Stacy Jones' fumble recovery for a touchdown. This gave the Aggies the 41-38 lead.

Tech drove the ball 56 yards to setup a 42-yard field goal by Robert Treece to send the game to overtime.

In overtime, the Aggies drove the ball 25-yards to score a touchdown on a 3 yard pass to Terrence Thomas. They missed the extra point giving them the 47-41 lead.

Tech took the ball 25 yards for the touchdown. The drive was finished with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Nehemiah Glover. Robert Treece converted the extra point to give the Red Raiders the 48-47 victory.

Players of the Game
Texas Tech - Wes Welker
Texas A&M Dustin Long

Team Analysis


QB Kingsbury had an outstanding game today against one of the top defenses in the nation. He completed 49 of 59 passes for 474 yards and 5 touchdowns. The only negative aspect of today's game for Kingsbury was the fumble he lost, which led to an Aggie touchdown. Kingsbury once again showed his leadership ability as he led the Red Raiders on a comeback in a hostile environment.

RB The rushing numbers weren't great for Henderson today, but he had some key runs to keep the chains moving. Henderson also caught 12 passes for 63 yards to show his versatility. Not a bad game considering the quality of the defense he faced. I really think Henderson is going to be an important part of our offense as we continue conference play.

WR This was a big game for the receivers. Welker had 10 catches for 117 yards and a touchdown. Paige had 7 catches for 102 yards. He caught a touchdown and a key 2-point conversion. Francis and Glover also caught touchdown passes during the game. This group of receivers has really made a statement over the last 3 games. They just might live up to their nickname of AFROS if they continue to improve throughout the season.

OL When you score 48 points against a defense as good as the Aggies you know the line is doing their job. While the Aggies got good defense throughout the game, the offensive line allowed Kingsbury to pass for 454 yards. There is still some room for improvement here, but this is a solid unit that will anchor our explosive offense for the rest of the season.

DL Once again the defensive line showed it's weakness. The lack of pressure on Long allowed him enough time to pass for 6 touchdowns on the day. Our defense also gave up 150 yards on the ground. We really need to improve the play of our tackles. Hunt and Duckett are doing a decent job on the ends.

LB This is a unit that is still plagued by a lack of speed on the outside. While Flugence made some nice plays, our linebackers were beat by tight ends numerous times. This could prove to be a huge problem we face some of the better offenses in the conference.

DB One stat says it all, 6 passing touchdowns. This unit has some serious problems that need to be fixed. These guys are the last line of our defense, yet they continue to give up big plays. Hanson gave up the first touchdown pass by missing a tackle. The rest of the game they were pretty much abused by the Aggie receivers. On the brighter side, Norman made some good plays on the Aggies' final drive. One final note, someone needs to teach Aycock to fall on the ball.

Special Teams Special teams played an important role in the game today. Welker's punt return for a touchdown gave us our first lead of the game. Our return teams played well all game. We gave up one big return to Bethel Johnson in the 1st quarter, but our return teams had a decent game overall. Treece gained a little redemption with his 42-yard field goal to send the game into overtime.

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