Texas Tech 23, Penn State 24
September 9, at State College, Pa.
There almost was no joy in State College as only a few inches separated underdog Texas Tech from registering a major upset in front of the largest crowd ever to see the Raiders play.
It took a 39-yard field goal by Brett Conway that narrowly crossed through the right side with four seconds left to allow Penn State to escape with a 24-23 victory before 96,034 fans and an ABC-TV audience.
The pesky Red Raiders simply refused to go away after the Nittany Lions took their first lead of the game (21-20) on a short touchdown pass. Tony Rogers rifled through a 42-yard kick with 6:39 and the nation's No. 4-ranked team was on the ropes until the last-second field goal.
A swarming Texas Tech defense caused all kinds of havoc as the Raiders grabbed a 20-7 halftime lead. Freshman Montae Reagor caused a fumble and linebacker Shawn Banks recovered in the end zone for Tech's first touchdown. Zebbie Lethridge hit on a couple of TD passes after Tech's special teams caused fumbles on punt returns.
Rushers: TT--Hanspard 23-96; DuBuc 4-10; Walker 2-5; Hobbs 1-4; Cavazos 1-3; Lethridge 10-(8); PS--Archie 17-76; Witman 17-66, 2 TD's; Milne 5-14; Engram 2-11; Richardson 1 (35).
Passing: TT--Lethridge 11-23-0, 138 2 TD; Cavazos 0-1-0; PS--Richardson 18-31-0, 1 TD.
Receiving: TT-- Scovell 3-70, 1TD; Darden 2-8; Hanspard 2-7, 1 TD; DuBuc 1-6; Hobbs 1-6; Adams 1-11; Mitchell 1-21; PS--Engram 7-106; Campbell 4-37; Olsommer 2-18, 1 TD; Scott 2-32; Archie 2-1; Milne 1-1.