Texas Tech 38, Houston 26 25
November 25, at Houston, Texas
The Red Raiders did their shot-out-of-a-cannon imitation shortly after kickoff and the Houston Cougars got the powder burns.
Ignited by Byron Hanspard's career-long 63-yard touchdown burst on the game's second play, Texas Tech shot out to a 21-0 lead less than six minutes into the fray en route to a 38-26 victory in the final SWC game in the Astrodome.
The win gave Tech an 8-3 season mark, equalling its best season since 1976 (Tech was 8-3 in the '89 regular season). The Raiders streaked to seven wins in their last eight games, the school's best finish in 19 years.
Hanspard closed the regular season with a rush, running for 228 yards and catching three passes for 41 yards. He tacked on the game's second TD just four minutes deep into the game on a short pass by Lethridge.
A 57-yard punt return by Dane Johnson set up a 14-yard scamper by Lethridge and it was 21-0 with 9:37 left in the opening stanza.
Rushers: TT&emdash;Hanspard 29-228, 1 TD; Lethridge 11-25, 2 TD's; Hobbs 1-1; Walker 3-27; Ervin 1-2. UH&emdash;Smith 13-30; West 1-(-1); Clements 10-57; Williams, J. 5-20; James 1-0; McGuire 4-33.
Passing: TT&emdash;Lethridge 12-22-1, 197, 1 TD. UH&emdash;Clements 22-50, 294, 3 TD's.
Receiving: TT&emdash;Mitchell 3-51, Hart 3-51, 1 TD; Hanspard 3-41; Adams 1-16; Walker 1-15; Fiebiger 1-23. UH&emdash;Johnson, D. 8-137, 1 TD; Wheeler 4-55, 1 TD; James 5-55; McGuire 1-10; Mouton 1-11; Williams, J. 1-6; West 2-20.