Red Raiders win season opener 49-24

The Red Raiders officially kicked off their 2008 campaign, beating Eastern Washington 49-24 at Jones AT&T Stadium on Saturday night. Graham Harrell led Texas Tech to a victory with his 536 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Texas Tech started off their season in solid fashion, beating the Eastern Washington Eagles 49-24 in front of nearly 50,000 fans in Lubbock.

The Texas Tech passing attack proved too much for the Eagles to overcome, with Graham Harrell throwing for 536 yards on 43-58 passing.

Texas Tech started off strong, taking a quick 21-0 lead behind 2 rushing touchdowns, one by Shannon Woods and another by Harrell, and a 4 yard touchdown pass to Biletnikoff Award winner Michael Crabtree.

The Red Raiders employed a hurry up offense throughout the game, which helped to keep Eastern Washington on their toes and forcing them to get set quickly.

This helped Tech gain an early lead, but things changed quickly.

The Eastern Washington Eagles did not give up and came out fighting in the 2nd quarter, outscoring the Red Raiders 17-7 to finish the first half down 28-17.

The scoring went back forth in the second half, but the Red Raiders were able to continue the offensive onslaught and finished with a 49-24 season opening victory.

Eric Morris was Harrell's favorite target all game, who led all receivers with 164 yards on 9 catches. Sophomore Detron Lewis also lived up to his preseason hype, hauling in 9 catches for 163 yards.

Shannon Woods started at running back, but all 3 running backs saw significant playing time. The carriers were distributed as follows:

Shannon Woods - 13
Aaron Crawford - 3
Baron Batch – 5

Defensively, Tech picked off 3 passes and were able to come up with big plays, but did give up chunks of yards to the Eagles. After 4 quarters of play, EWU gained 364 total yards of offense.

New defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill rotated several players in throughout the game, but the fresh players just weren't able to contain the Eagles Air Raid style passing attack.

Penalties still continue to plague Texas Tech, who finished the game with 18 penalties for 169 yards.

Before the game, Texas Tech had made 233 consecutive extra points. True freshman place kicker Donnie Carona made his first attempt, but missed his second, stopping the record at 234. The last missed extra point was by Keith Toogood against SMU in 2004.

Attendance: 49,887


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