Final Facts From the Field .....
*Tech punter Jeremy Hernandez, playing in his first collegiate game, had four punts for a 48.3-yard average.
*The home team has won all four games in the K-State/Texas Tech series.
*Wildcat punter James Garcia punted nine times during the game after punting only 39 times all season. His nine kicks were just three short of the school record set in 1951.
*Texas Tech's 392 yards of total offense were the most by a K-State opponent since Colorado managed 526 yards and Nebraska managed 338 yards last season. Those two games also marked the only two times all season the Wildcat defense surrendered more than 300 yards, as K-State led the nation in total defense after allowing only 250.8 yards per contest in 1995.
*Tech's 103 offensive plays were just two short of the record for a K-State opponent set by Colorado in 1992.
Tailback Byron Hanspard hit the 100-mark for the seventh straight game, which includes last year's Copper Bowl....Placekickers Tony Rogers and Jaret Greaser each connected from 53 yards for field goals. That marks the longest field goals for Tech since Rickey Gann hit from 55 yards in 1984 against Houston. Both 53-yarders were career bests for both players....Tech held Kansas State to no pass completions and no first downs until the :42 mark of the first quarter...Jeremy Hernandez, playing in his first collegiate game, punted four times for a 48.3 average....Eric Butler registered his first two sacks of his career...Jody Brown had the first sack of his career, as well....Running back Sammy Morris, also playing in his first game, scored his first collegiate touchdown with 6:39 to play on a 14-yard pass from Zebbie Lethridge...Tech allowed only minus 12 yards rushing to K-State, the fewest allowed by the Red Raider defense since a minus-13 effort in 1992 against SMU....Tech limited KSU to 160 yards total offense, the fewest by the Wildcats since they gained 124 in 1994 against Boston College in the Aloha Bowl.
Notes From Manhattan...
Tech held KSU to no pass completions and no first downs until the :42 mark of the first quarter
Jeremy Hernandez, playing in his first college game, averaged 48.3 yards on four punts
Eric Butler, who replaced the departed All-America Zach Thomas, recorded the first two sacks of his career
Running back Sammy Morris scored the first TD of his career
The Tech defense held KSU to minus-12 yards rushing, the fewest allowed by the Red Raiders since a minus-13 effort in 1992 against SMU
Tech limited KSU to 160-yards of total offense, the fewest by the Wildcats since they gained 124 in the 1994 Aloha Bowl
Texas Tech's 392 yards was the third-most against Kansas State in its last 13 games. KSU led the nation in total defense last season.
Heisman Trophy and Doak Walker Award candidate gained 115 yards on 21 carries in only three quarters of action in season opener at Kansas StateE hit 100-yard mark for seventh-consecutive game despite making only one carry in the fourth quarter due to a sprained ankleEhad long gain of 20 yards at KSUEthe nation's third-leading returning scorer from last season at 9.82 points per gameErushed for 1,374 yards last season, the second-best performance ever by a sophomore in the SWC 82-year historyEnow ranks sixth all-time at Tech in rushing (2,250), seventh in tandem yards (2,973) and ninth in all-purpose yards (2,973).
Starting quarterback the last 22 games for Tech, which is 14-8 during that periodEthrew for 190 yards and one touchdown against Kansas StateElong pass was a 45-yard strike to Stacy Mitchell in the second quarterEhas thrown for a touchdown in the last five gamesEnow passed James Gray for fourth place on Tech's career chart for total offense (4,131)Eranks fourth in career passing yards (3,671), fourth in completions (284), fourth in pass attempts (589), fourth in touchdown passes (26) and fifth in most touchdowns responsible for (41).
A candidate for the Butkus Award, annually given to the nation's outstanding collegiate linebackerEtallied three quarterback pressures, four solos and four assists, including one sack and one tackle for loss at Kansas StateEthe weakside linebacker is now starting his third position at TechEled the defensive line with 55 tackles in 1995 at endEredshirted in 1994 due to knee surgeryEtallied 91 tackles in '93 at outside linebacker.
Played in his first game at Kansas State since the 1994 season finale against TCUEtwo of his six tackles went for losses at KSUEhad three solos and three assistsEmissed all of 1995 due to a major knee injuryEprojected All-SWC prior to injury in '95Eled the '94 team with 13 tackles behind the line ...Outland Trophy candidate.
Starting for his third straight yearEall-star candidate has started the last 25 games for Texas Tech, the most of any current offensive playerEone of only two linemen to make the travel team as a freshman under line coach Ted Unbehagen.
One of the squad's most versatile playersElisted as All-America candidate by Dallas Morning-NewsEbroke up three passes in opener at KSU and made three solo tackles from his free safety postEalso returns punts and kickoffsEreturned five punts for 24 yards at KSUEwas eighth in the NCAA last season in punt returns with 14.27 average.
Tallied a team-high 11 tackles, including one for a three-yard loss, and recovered a fumble at Kansas StateEone of the nation's premier outside linebackers, who at 5-11, 188 pounds, has started the last 25 games for Texas Tech 28 career startsEtied for third last season in the SWC with four interceptions.
Caught two passes for 26 yards in season opener at KSUEversatile player is also the holder for FGs and PATsEthe Tech graduate student is a strong GTE Academic All-America candidateEearned finance degree last spring with 3.699 GPAE currently taking undergraduate courses to prepare for medical schoolEtook medical school entrance examination (MCAT) during two-a-days.
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