Too Little, Too Late

Graham Harrell threw for 431 yards and 3 TDs, but his 4 interceptions proved to be too much for the Red Raiders to overcome as the Colorado Buffs beat the Red Raiders 31-26.

Graham Harrell threw for 431 yards and 3 TDs, but his 4 interceptions proved to be too much for the Red Raiders to overcome as the Colorado Buffs beat the Red Raiders 31-26. Despite poor play by the Tech offense and defense for much of the game, the Raiders had a chance to recover an onside kick with 2:08 left, but the ball bounced on the ground and a Colorado player recovered allowing them to run out the clock.

Texas Tech gained more yards than Colorado (470 to 349), had more first downs (29 to 19), and more passing yards (431 to 132), but the Red Raiders inability to finish drives left them short on the scoreboard.

Saturday's game was the second game in a row that Harrell has thrown 4 interceptions, after only throwing 3 during the first 7 games of the season.

"[Graham] just needs to go through his reads," said head coach Mike Leach. "Be patient and go through his reads. Great players do simple things. Graham is a great player; he just needs to focus on the simple things."

Freshman wide receiver Michael Crabtree had another great game, finishing with 12 catches for 131 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown in the 3rd quarter broke the Big 12 record for touchdowns in a season with 18, breaking the record previously held by Rashaun Woods from Oklahoma State.

Crabtree also broke the NCAA freshman record for receptions in a season, previously held by Taurean Henderson who had 98 catches in 2002.

The records were bittersweet for Crabtree though.

"I'm not worried about the records; I'm more worried about the wins," said receiver Michael Crabtree. "We've just got to find a way to put [the loss] behind us."

RB Aaron Crawford made his first career start against the Buffaloes, but only had 2 carries for 31 yards. Previous starter Shannon Woods was only used sparingly throughout the game.

"We think Aaron has been playing really well," said Leach. "When he runs the ball he is assertive. When he makes decisions he reacts quick. He is ahead of the pack, so you'll probably see more of him."

The Red Raiders did not get their first touchdown of the game until 9:20 left in the 3rd quarter. The last time Texas Tech was held without a touchdown in the first half at home was against Nebraska back in 2000.

Next week the Red Raiders head to Waco to face off against the Baylor Bears. The game will not be televised and kickoff is set for 2 pm.


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