From The Locker Room . . .
Texas Tech Running Back Byron Hanspard:
(On the game): "The
offensive line did a wonderful job of blocking. I had a lot of
opportunities today. (Going over 2,000 yards) is a blessing. I am not
a person that is for awards. I jus go about my business. Casey
(Jones), Ben (Kaufman), Ryan (Jones), did a good job of blocking on that
play (record-breaking play). USL has an excellent team. We did not
take them lightly. It was hard at first but once the offensive line
started blocking everything just opened up for us. 2,000 yards is a
goal I set before the season. You can't rush for 2,000 with out a good
Texas Tech Offensive Lineman Casey Jones:
(On TD play): "I
went over that play so many times in my mind. I knew what I was going
to do. I would have been scoring all of the time if I knew I would get
this much publicity."
Texas Tech Quarterback Zebbie Lethridge:
Hanspard): "Byorn is a special guy. He has been since he's been here.
He is well deserving of all his honors. The sky is the limit for him.
I have to give credit to the offensive line. Without them it would not
have been possible for Byron. They work hard every play."
(When the game was 7-7): "If we let USL stay in the game it would have
been tough. Things have worked out for us to get in a bowl game. I
have been blessed to be in a bowl game every year that I have been here.
We have to cap the season off as successfully as possible. There is
still a chance we could be in St. Louis. Right now we have to prepare
for OU. It always feels good to win at home, especially in the last
game. We had to bounce back after the loss to UT and get another win.
Overall it was a big win all around."
Texas Tech Safety Dane Johnson:
(On turnovers): "The
turnover was a big play. The interception really helped spark
everything. We think we can go to a bowl. One more win will secure it
for sure. We have a big game coming up. USL had a good quarterback,
two good wide receivers and a good running back. In the first half they
swarmed the ball. We had to stop them early."
Texas Tech Linebacker Robert Johnson:
(On the senior game):
"I really didn't think too much about it being my last game. We had to
go out and execute plays. The offense did a great job of picking up
where they left off. USL ran different routes than expected. We came
back and took care of business. We knew had to play good to win."
USL Quarterback Jake Delhomme:
(On the season): It has been
fun. I wish we could have ended with a win, Their team is explosive
and I'm very impressed with them. You have to give them credit. They
just kept pouring it on and we couldn't keep it up. We were
disappointed not to get anything with the wind at our backs. Their
defensive backs absolutely molested our receivers. So, they were always
having to break off their routes. Breaking the records are going to
mean a lot to me down the road. The thing I am most proud of is I was
able to play four years without having an injury. That means a lot to
me. I've been lucky. It's been fun. Our center, Ben Archer, his
brother was Tommy Hudson's center at LSU. So, Ben and I were to break
his older brother and Tommy's record."
USL Safety Damon Mason:
(On the game): "The defense kept us
in the game early on. We knew we had to step it up against the run
coming in. Hanspard doesn't look real impressive on film but he is a
lot better in person. The man is truly blessed."
USL Running Back Kenyon Cotton:
(On the game): "It wasn't in
the cards for us to win today. The weather was terrible. We needed to
score early when we had the wind."
(On the last TD): "It was good to go out on a run like that. But we
really wanted to win here today. This would have been a real big win
for us. I don't know if they are better than A&M but they played like
it today. This team has been through so much here. So much adversity.
I thought the defense and offense were really up to playing today. They
did what they had to do to win. Hanspard is a great back. And their
defense did what they were supposed to do - hold us enough for those
guys to get on track. Then, after that, they let our mistakes take