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Game #4
Texas Tech 14, Texas A&M 7
October 7, at Lubbock
Attendance: 51,205

The setting was perfect. The outcome was even better.

A sell-out crowd of over 51,000 packed into Jones Stadium on a beautiful fall afternoon to witness one of the most exciting Southwest Conference games ever played. A Hollywood screen writer couldn't have done it any better.

All-America linebacker Zach Thomas stepped in front of a Corey Pullig pass with just 30 seconds left and returned it 23 yards for the winning touchdown as the Red Raiders toppled the No. 8-ranked Aggies 14-7. The win snapped A&M's SWC non-losing streak at 29 straight.

It was Dykes' first victory as head coach over a Top 10-ranked team and the school's first since 1986. It had been 17 years since the Red Raiders had beaten such a highly-ranked foe at home.

The Raider defense seriously detoured Leeland McElroy's Heisman Trophy hopes by holding the A&M tailback to only 80 yards on 27 carries. He was stopped seven times behind the line of scrimmage.

Thomas' interception was the third of the day for the Raiders against Pullig. Linebacker Robert Johnson (5-11) outfought tight end Howard Clay (6-4) for a second-quarter pass to set up Tech's first touchdown a 26-yard pass to freshman Donnie Hart.

Marcus Coleman had an outstanding game, racking up 15 tackles, breaking up three passes and forcing a fumble.

TEAM

TEXAS TECH
TEXAS A&M

1

2

3

4

F

0

7

0

7

14

7

0

0

0

7

STATISTICS

First Downs
Rushing
Passing
Returns
Total Offense
Passes
Punting
Fumbles/Lost
Penalties
Third-Down Conversions
Fourth-Down Conversions

TT

13
37-34
227
64
65-261
28-14-0
10-41.1
4-0
5-41
2-15
0-0

A&M

20
40-101
246
1
86-347
46-20-3
8-42.8
4-2
12-77
9-20
0-0

Rushers: --TT Hanspard 20-61, Walker 2-3, Cavazos 1-(7), Lethridge 14-(23). A&M; McElroy 27-80, Hardeman 5-15, Smith 3-4, Pullig 5-2.

Passing: --TT Lethridge 14-28-0, 227, 1TD. A&M; Pullig 20-46-3, 246.

Receiving: --TT Adams 3-59, Hanspard 2-47, Hart 2-43, 1TD, Darden 1-19, DuBuc 1-16, Scovell 2-15, Fiebiger 2-26, McKenzie 1-2. A&M; Sanders 6-77, Connell 5-110, Clay 4-42, Hawkins 4-12, Hardeman 1-5

SCORING

A&M--Leeland; McElroy 8 run (Bryant kick), 3:37, 1Q

TT--Donny Hart 26 pass from Zebbie Lethridge (Tony Rogers), 10:02, 2Q

TT--Zach Thomas 23 interception return (Rogers kick), :30, 4Q

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