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Sept. 7, 1996

Hanspard Rolls For 272 as Red Raiders Triumph, 31-3

By Garrett McKinnon

IRVING, Texas - The Red Raiders (1-1) used an almost unstoppable rushing attack to roll over the Oklahoma State Cowboys (1-1) 31-3 and post the first Big 12 win in school history, as well as the first win in Big 12 South Division competition.

Texas Tech I-back Byron Hanspard rushed for a school-record 272 yards on 29 carries against the Cowboys, an amazing 9.4 yard-per-carry average.

"I've got to give God praise for it all," said Hanspard, an ordained minister. "The Lord used the offensive line to open the holes for me, the receivers did a good job blocking down field, Zebbie [Lethridge] did a wonderful job at quarterback."

In addition to setting the new school mark for rushing yards, previouslyheld by James Hadnot, Hanspard scored two touchdowns and broke the Texas Stadium rushing record held by Eric Dickerson, who had 241 yards rushing for SMU in a 1982 game against Houston.

A 3-0 game was virtually broken open in the first half when Hanspard took a handoff around left end, broke several tackles, and scampered 72 yards for his first score.

"The holes were there. I just busted and ran for daylight," said Hanspard of his run, the longest of his career.

Two more field goals by Tech place kicker Jaret Greaser, who was four for four kicking on the day, gave the Raiders a 16-0 lead.

Seconds before halftime, the Raiders scored again on an unusual play. Facing second-and-goal from the one-yard line, Lethridge attempted a quarterback sneak across the goal line, but fumbled the ball. Tech tight end Brad Spinks recovered in the end zone, though, preserving the touchdown. A two-point attempt pass was broken up, and the Raiders took to the locker room sporting a 22-0 lead.

It was more of the same in the second half. Hanspard, who rushed for 163 yards in the first half, scored on a two-yard run after an OSU field goal had narrowed the gap to 22-3. Another two-point attempt was unsuccessful, and the Raiders led 28-3.

With most of the Tech starters on the bench for the fourth quarter,Greaser finished the scoring after a 28-yard return by Raider free safety Dane Johnson.

The Tech defense was phenomenal for the second week in a row. The Cowboys penetrated the Tech 35-yard line only three times, scoring a field goal once, missing a field goal, and turning the ball over on downs.

"We came out and the defensive coordinator and defensive coaches told us the first thing we had to do was to stop the run," said Tech linebacker Robert Johnson. "We did what we were supposed to do."

In all, the Cowboys were limited to 276 total yards of offense, with 161 of those yards coming on the ground. The Red Raiders meanwhile, had more than 400 yards of total offense, with 353 of those coming on the ground.

Lethridge began the game going zero for seven passing, but rallied and finished with six pass completions in 15 attempts for 60 yards.

The win pushed Tech's lead to 13-8-3 in the series between the two schools.

Game Statistics

At: Texas Stadium
Date: Sept. 7, 1996
Att: 30,269
Oklahoma St       0 -  0 - 3 - 0 -- 3
Texas Tech       10 - 12 - 0 - 9 -- 31 
Scoring By Quarters
First Quarter
TT -- FG, Greaser, 40
TT -- TD, Hanspard, 72-run (Greaser kick)
Second Quarter
TT -- FG, Greaser, 40
TT -- FG, Greaser, 42
TT -- TD, Spinks, 1-run (two-point conversion failed)
Third Quarter
OKST -- FG, Sydnes, 36
Fourth Quarter
TT -- TD, Hanspard, 2-run (two-point conversion failed)
TT -- FG, Greaser, 37
                           OKST          TT
First downs                  15          17
Rushed-yards             49-162      48-353
Passing yards               115          60
Sacked-yards lost          2-25        1-13
Return yards                 31          39
Passes                   6-17-1      6-16-0
Punts                    6-39.8      5-46.4
Fumbles-lost                4-1         1-0
Penalties-yards            4-20        8-75
Time of possession        31:47       28:13

Individual Statistics
OKST - D. Thompson 25-110, A. Richardson 10-40,
Simmons 7-26, Brown 1-5, A. Davis 1-4, Chaloupka 5-minus 23.
TT - Hanspard 29-272, Lethridge 7-44, Cavazos 4-33, R.
Jones 3-6, Morris 2-6, Roberson 1-3, Spinks 0-1, Fite 2-minus
OKST - Chaloupka 5-15-1-107, Phears 1-2-0-8.
TT - Lethridge 6-15-0-60, Cavazos 0-1-0-0.
OKST - Mayes 2-49, T Richardson 1-45, Grissom 1-15, Love 1-8, A. Richardson 1-minus 2. 
TT - Morris 2-20, Mckenzie 1-19, Scovell 1-16, Bass 1-6, Ervin 1-minus 1.

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