Texas Tech Wins Tangerine Bowl 55-15

The Texas Tech Red Raiders (9-5) finished the season in style with a dominating victory over the Clemson Tigers (7-6). This bowl win is Texas Tech's first bowl win since a 1995 bowl victory over Air Force.

The Red Raiders took the opening kickoff and drove 81 yards to setup a 29-yard Robert Treece field goal.  This gave Texas Tech a 3-0 lead.

 

Texas Tech scored again on a 46-yard touchdown pass from Kliff Kingsbury to Nehemiah Glover to extend the lead to 10-0.

 

Texas Tech scored once more in the first quarter after driving 69 yards.  A 19-yard touchdown pass to Mickey Peters capped the drive to take a 17-0 lead.

 

The Red Raiders scored another touchdown early in the second quarter on 10-yard run by Taurean Henderson.  The touchdown stretched the lead to 24-0.

 

Clemson scored their first points of the game when they blocked a Clinton Greathouse punt, resulting in a safety.  The safety made the scpre 24-2.

 

The Red Raiders answered with a 59-yard punt return for a touchdown by Wes Welker.  The touchdown extended the Texas Tech lead to 31-2.

 

Texas Tech scored once more in the first half on a 40-yard filed goal by Robert Treece to take a 34-2 lead.

 

Clemson scored their first touchdown of the game on their first possesion in the second half.  A 10-yard pass to Ben Hall capped an 80-yard drive.  The touchdown mad the score 34-9.

 

Texas Tech would score 3 more touchdowns in the game to win by a final score of 55-15.

 

Players of the Game

Offense - Kliff Kingsbury

Defense Aaron Hunt

 

Team Analysis

 

QB – Kliff Kingsbury finished his career as a Red Raider with a magnificent Tangerine Bowl performance.  Kingsbury completed 32 of 43 passes for 375 yards and 3 touchdowns.  The lone blemish was a first quarter interception.  These numbers improve on Kingsbury's amazing season and career numbers.  Kingsbury finished this season with 5,017 yards.  He is just the 3rd quarterback in NCAA history to pass for 5,000 yards in a season.  Quarterback B.J. Symons also had a good game.  Symons completed 7 of 9 passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns.

 

RB – Taurean Henderson finished the seaon on a high note, with 116 yards of total offense.  Henderson rushed the ball 10 times for 59 yards and a touchdown.  He also caught 8 passes for 57 yards and a touchdown.  This was a nice way to finish of a great year by the redshirt freshman.

 

WR – The Texas Tech receivers had another productive game to finish out the season.  Nehemiah Glover led the receivers 8 catches for 119 yards and a touchdown.  Wes Welker finished with 51 yards of total offense.  Welker had 31 rushing yards and 20 receiving yards.  He also caught a touchdown pass in the game.  Carlos Francis and Mickey Peters also caught touchdown passes in the game.

 

OL – The offensive line has played well all year, and this was no exception.  Anytime an offense puts up 559 yards, the offensive line played a great game.  Kingsbury had plenty of time to pass, while Henderson had some good holes to run through.  This line will graduate Rex Richrds, but they return a great group of players.

 

DL – The defensive line spent most of the game in the Clemson backfield.  Aaron Hunt and Addell Duckett set the tone by applying great pressure from the defensive end spots.  The defensive line made life much easier for the rest of the Red Raider defense with their constant pressure.

 

LB John Saldi had an outstanding game from the outside lin


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