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Dec. 17, 1996

Builders Square Alamo Bowl

Texas Tech (7-4, 5-3 in the Big 12) vs. #21 Iowa (8-3, 6-2 in the Big Ten)

Date:  Sunday, December 29, 1996
Kickoff: 7 p.m. (CST)
Site:  Alamodome (65,000), San Antonio, Texas
Television:  ESPN
Series:  First-Ever Meeting
Rankings:  Texas Tech 29th in CNN/USA Today, 30th in AP
            Iowa 21st in CNN/USA Today, 21st in AP

Raiders Face Hawkeyes In First-Ever Meeting

Texas Tech (7-4, 5-3) plays in its school-record fourth-straight bowl game when it takes on the 21st-ranked University of Iowa (8-3, 6-2 in the Big Ten) in the Fourth Annual Builders Square Alamo Bowl. Scheduled for Sunday, December 29 at 7 p.m., the game will feature the fourth selections from the Big 12 and Big Ten conferences and will be televised live on ESPN.

Texas Tech is led by the seventh-best rushing attack in the nation and Doak Walker Award winner Byron Hanspard. The Red Raiders are averaging 273.5 yards per game on the ground and 430.1 yards in total offense, the second-best average for a single season in school history. Tech's pass defense is rated 18th in the nation with an efficiency rating of 100.5.

Iowa is averaging 176.1 yards per game on the ground and is led by Austin, Texas native Sedrick Shaw. This season, Shaw became only the sixth back in Big Ten history to rush for 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. He leads a contingent of 17 Texans on the Hawkeye roster back to their home state for the Builders Square Alamo Bowl. Iowa finished third in the Big Ten and was one of only two teams to defeat Penn State this season.

Season Finale

Junior Doak Walker Award winner Byron Hanspard was held to under 100 yards for the first time in 17 games, but quarterback Zebbie Lethridge took up the slack in Texas Tech's 22-12 win at the University of Oklahoma. The Lubbock native rushed for two TDs and threw for another as Tech won its first game over the Sooners in its brief four-game series.

Hanspard rushed 28 times for 84 yards in the game, his lowest output of the season, but kept his streak of 100-yard all-purpose games in tact with a 16-yard reception. Texas Tech was shutout of the scoring column in the first half of the game before going on a 16-0 run in the third quarter, capped-off by a Jaret Greaser 49-yard field goal. After trading fourth-quarter TDs, raider punter Jeremy Hernandez stepped out of the end zone for a safety with 2:32 left on the clock and OU's final score of the day.

Junior defensive end Tony Daniels highlighted an outstanding defensive effort with four sacks of Sooner quarterbacks Eric Moore and Justin Fuente. Junior linebacker Eric Butler led Tech in tackles with a career-high 16.

The Coaches

Spike Dykes -- Texas Tech head coach Spike Dykes is 63-51-1 in his 10th year at Texas Tech. He has led the Red Raiders to four-straight bowl appearances and six-straight seasons of no lower than second-place finishes in the former Southwest Conference or the Big 12 South Division. A 1959 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, Dykes has coached nine All-Americas and 62 all-conference selections and his squads have set 76 individual or team school records. Dykes is 2-3 in bowl games as a head coach in the last 10 seasons. His first game as a college head coach was the 1986 Independence Bowl following the departure of David McWilliams following the regular season. Dykes is also 2-0 in games played in the Alamodome with two regular-season victories over Houston in 1993 and 1994.

Hayden Fry -- University of Iowa mentor Hayden Fry is no stranger to Texas or to the Builders Square Alamo Bowl. The Odessa native coaches 11 years at Southern Methodist, compiling a 49-66-1 record from 1962-1972. He also coached six seasons at North Texas, fashioning a 40-23-3 record from 1973-78. He was also an assistant coach at Baylor and Arkansas. Fry has been the head coach of the Hawkeyes since 1979 and has recorded a 132-76-6 record in 18 years. He is 221-165-10 in his 35 years as a head coach and is 6-8-1 in bowl games. He is 2-3 in bowl games played in Texas and his 1993 Iowa team lost a 37-3 decision in the Alamo Bowl to California.


The Builders Square Alamo Bowl will be televised live by ESPN. Brad Nesler will handle the play-by-play duties, while Gary Danielson wil provide color commentary. Adrian Karsten will contribute sideline reports. The telecast will mark the 10th of the season for Texas Tech and the first on ESPN.

All Sports Radio Network is in its second year of broadcasting Texas Tech football on a network of 25 stations. KKAM/KFMX in Lubbock serves as the flagship station and veteran Jack Dale will return at play-by-play and John Harris will offer color commentary. KKAM will begin its pregame show three hours before kickoff, while KFMX will begin 45 minutes prior to gametime. KKAM will also broadcast postgame shows with each game. Game broadcasts can also be accessed live via Teamline at 800/846-4700, ext. 1752 or via the Internet through the Texas Tech web site at http://www.asrn.com.

Series Records

Texas Tech's contest against Iowa in the Builders Square Alamo Bowl will mark the first-ever meeting between the two teams. Texas Tech is 0-2 in games against teams from the Big Ten Conference. The Red Raiders are: 0-1 against Penn State, losing 24-23 in the 1995 season-opener at State College; and are 0-1 against Ohio State, after losing 17-10 in the 1990 season opener at Columbus.

Iowa is 59-54-3 against teams from the Big 12 Conference, including a 31-12-0 record against Iowa State and a 12-24-3 mark against Nebraska. Texas Tech and Iowa have no common opponents this season. However, Iowa did notch a 38-13 win over Big 12 brother Iowa State on Sept. 14 in Iowa City.

Tech No Stranger to San Antonio

Texas Tech is 2-0 in the Alamodome after two victories against the University of Houston in neutral site games in 1993 and 1994. The Red Raiders defeated Houston by a combined score of 92-7 in the two games -- 58-7 in 1993 and 34-0 in 1994.

In the 1993 contest, the Red Raiders clinched a berth in the John Hancock Bowl and running back Byron Morris set the SWC single season rushing record. Morris had a 40-carry, 223-yard day and finished with 1,752 yards on the season to pass Earl Campbell

In the 1994 game, the Red Raiders clinched their second-ever Cotton Bowl berth..

There's No Place Like Home

Four Red Raiders on the expected travel squad for the Builders Square Alamo Bowl hail from San Antonio, including three starters. Defensive Corey Chandler is a junior from Churchill High School; cornerback Tony Darden attended Holmes High School; split end Malcolm McKenzie also attended Holmes HS. Backup free safety Joe Fite attaended Roosevelt High School.

Dykes is Late Bloomer

Head coach Spike Dykes has compiled an impressive 43-17-1 record after October 10 while at Texas Tech. Since 1993, Dykes' teams have recorded a 20-5-0 record after Oct. 10. This season, Tech finished with a 4-2 mark with only the Builders Square Alamo Bowl to play.

During its past 14 home games, Texas Tech owns an 12-2 record, and is 2-1 against ranked teams, including a 33-9 win over No. 19 Texas in '94 and a 14-7 win over No. 8 Texas A&M in 1995.

Tech has also averaged a 27-point margin of victory during its last 12 wins in Jones Stadium and has averaged 40 points per game.

Dykes After  Oct. 10          Dykes in Home Conf. Games
Year     W   L    T   Pct.    Year    W   L   T   Pct.
1987     3   1    1   .600    1987    3   1   0   .750
1988     4   2    0   .667    1988    2   1   0   .667
1989     5   2    0   .714    1989    3   1   0   .750
1990     3   3    0   .500    1990    1   3   0   .250
1991     5   1    0   .833    1991    2   2   0   .500
1992     3   2    0   .600    1992    3   1   0   .750
1993     5   1    0   .833    1993    2   1   0   .667
1994     4   2    0   .667    1994    3   0   0  1.000
1995     7   1    0   .875    1995    3   0   0  1.000
1996     4   2    0   .667    1996    2   2   0   .500
Total    43  17   1   .705    Total   24  12  0   .667

Tech Ranks In Bowl Apperances

In its 71 years of playing intercollegiate football, Texas Tech will be participating in its 22nd bowl game when it kicks off the Builders Square Alamo Bowl against Iowa. The 22 bowl appearances rank Tech tied for 21st in the nation in total bowl appearances and the second-youngest institution to have played in as many bowl games.

At least 18 of the 21 schools ranked began playing football prior to the 1900s, while Texas Tech started fielding a team in 1925. Only the Miami (Fla.) has a program as young Tech's.

Hernandez Wins AT&T Long Distance Award

Junior punter Jeremy Hernandez, with is 53.3-yard punting average against Baylor, was the recipient of the weekly AT&T Long Distance Award given to the nation's best punting average in a single game. Hernandez averaged 41.0 yards per punt and was among the national leaders all season. Hernandez was awarded the starting job during the pregame warm-ups for the first game of the season at Kansas State. At that point, Dykes had not named a permanent starter.

Tech Close To All-Time Attendance Record

With three-straight sellouts against Baylor, Nebraska and Texas and three of the top 10 crowds since 1983, fans attended Texas Tech football games in record numbers this season. The inaugural season of the Big 12 Conference, a Heisman Trophy candidate running back and exciting football team have all contributed to the rise in interest in Texas Tech football. The expansion of Raider Alley and a number of interesting promotions have been factors as well.

This year, Tech has enjoyed a 15.5 percent increase in attendance over last season and its average of 45,317 for the five games this season is just short of the school record average of 46,083 set in 1979. That season, the Raiders played six home games and recorded two crowds in excess of 52,000. Last season, Tech recorded a 27 percent increase in football attendance, good for 7th in the nation and marked an average increase of 8,200 fans from the previous season.

Texas Tech has enjoyed an astounding 41.4 percent attendance increase over the past two seasons!

Possession -- Texas Tech

This season Texas Tech has maintained a substantial edge in time of possession in eight of the 11 games it played. The only three games in which Tech did not enjoy an edge in possession time were Oklahoma State (31-3 win), Utah State (58-20 win) and Texas (38-32 loss). Tech has held the ball for over 53 total minutes more than the opposition this season. The Red Raiders have averaged over a five minute edge in time of possession this season.

Veterans Anchor Offensive Line

As a three-year starter, senior offensive lineman Ben Kaufman has probably played more snaps at Texas Tech than any player to wear a Red Raider uniform. The Associated Press and Dallas Morning News selected the Edinburg native to its first-team all-Big 12. Offensive line coach Ted Unbehagen has stated that Kaufman is "easily one of the best offensive lineman in the Big 12. If there is an all-Big 12 team that doesn't include Ben Kaufman, they shouldn't choose one."

The Texas Tech offensive line has gone through a few changes this season. Only Kaufman at left tackle and Jay Pugh at center have started all 11 games at the same position. Lynn Scherler moved into the starting right tackle position for the last 10 games; Shane Dunn has started six games at right guard and five others at left guard. Chris Whitney has started three different positions -- one game at right tackle, two games at right guard and seven of the last eight at left guard; Justin Collingsworth moved from backup at left tackle to right tackle.

Senior captain Casey Jones returned to action for the first time this season against Nebraska after missing the first six games of the season in attempt to regain his eligibility. After exhausting all appeals through the school and the NCAA, Jones went to the court system. A Lubbock judge awarded a temporary injunction clearing the way for Jones to play. Jones scored his first career TD with a one-yard plunge against USL.

Red Zone Kind To Red Raiders

Texas Tech has enjoyed a success rate inside the 20-yard line this season on both sides of the ball. The Red Raider offense has scored on 78 percent of its possessions in the "red zone", while limiting opponents to just a 61 percent success rate inside the 20-yard-line.

Twice this season the Red Raiders scored on every possession inside the red zone. At Kansas and against Southwestern Louisiana, Tech had the ball four times inside the 20 and came away with four TDs. At Oklahoma, Tech scored two TDs on three advances inside the 20.

Tech Inside the "Red Zone"
    OFFENSE                             DEFENSE
Opp Inside 20   TD  FG  No Score        Inside 20   TD  FG  No Score
KSU         2   1   0   1                       3    2   0   1
OSU         4   2   2   0                       2    1   1   0
Ga.         2   1   0   1                       3    1   0   2
USU         4   3   0   1                       4    1   1   2
BU          5   3   1   1                       3    3   0   0
KU          4   4   0   0                       3    1   1   1
NU          1   0   1   0                       1    1   0   0
A&M         2   0   0   2                       2    0   1   0
UT          1   1   0   0                       3    2   0   1
USL         4   4   0   0                       4    2   0   2
OU          3   2   0   1                       3    0   1   2
Totals      32  21  4   7                       31  14  5   12
Success Rate         78 %                                 61 %

Robert Johnson Provides Leadership

"Pound-for-pound, Robert Johnson may be the best football player in the country" -- Liberty Sports analyst Ron Thulin during the Texas A&M vs. Texas Tech telecast

Senior strongside linebacker Johnson continues to toss his 194-pound frame into play-after-play this season. He has been recognized as one of the league's best players with his selection to the second-team all-Big 12 by the Associated Press and the Dallas Morning News. For his stellar performance against Nebraska, which included an interception for a TD, Johnson was awarded the ABC-TV Chevrolet Player of the Game.

Tech's leading tackler with 100 total stops this season, Johnson had perhaps his best game as a Red Raider against Utah State. The Lubbock native intercepted two Aggie passes and recovered a fumble and led the Red Raiders to a 58-20 win in their home opener in Jones Stadium. He was named the Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

"I don't know if we have ever had anyone play as well as Robert Johnson played here against Utah State. It was unbelievable what he did. He is quite a football player and he really played his best game since he's been at Texas Tech. He was all over the field," said Dykes.

Johnson has 57 solo tackles, three interceptions and five tackles for loss this season.

Dane Johnson Enters 1,000-Yard Club

Junior safety Dane Johnson has surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for returns in his career. The Southlake native has 1,074 total yards in punt, kick and interception returns in his career. He was a preseason all-Big 12 selection at punt returner this season and has quietly been one of the leaders for the Red Raider defense.

Daniels Named Semifinalist for Nagurski Trophy

One of the few defensive players in the Big 12 that can alter an offensive gameplan, junior All-America candidate Tony Daniels is making a strong bid to be included as one of the top defensive performers in the nation. Daniels was recently named one of 23 semifinalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy given to the nation's top defensive player. He has also been named a second-team all-Big 12 selection by the Associated Press.

The Odessa native recorded an outstanding 11 tackles for loss, seven sacks, four fumbles caused and four fumble recoveries. In Tech's 13-10 win at Texas A&M, Daniels recorded two crucial sacks to end the Aggies' final two potential game-winning drives. He also had four key sacks at Oklahoma.

Against Georgia he had a key stuff of quarterback Mike Bobo on an option play that caused a key fumble at the Tech eight-yard-line that ended a potential go-ahead Bulldog score early in the game. Against Oklahoma State, Daniels had three tackles for loss.

Daniels sat out the entire 1995 season after a freak injury diving into a pool prior to preseason drills. After undergoing reconstructive surgery on his knee, the Odessa native used the '95 season to focus on his comeback.

Diminutive Mitchell One of Nation's Smallest

Starting junior flanker Stacy Mitchell, who stands 5-5, 150-pounds, is the third smallest player in Division I football this season. The DeSoto native is also a key kickoff returner for the Red Raiders and is a major threat on the ground after the catch. Mitchell overcame an early-season sprained ankle last season, starting the final five games and catching a 47-yard pass against Texas, and a 38-yard TD against Air Force in the Copper Bowl He also had a 49-yard run on a reverse against Rice. Mitchell recorded three catches for 69 yards against Kansas State.

    Smallest Players in Division I Football
    5-3 Kahlil Byers, Kent State, Fr., WR
    5-4 Willie Smith, Navy, Sr., SB
    5-5 Stacy Mitchell, Texas Tech, Jr., FL
    5-5 Whitney Magers, Virginia, So., PK
    5-5 Justin Goshi, Hawaii, Fr., WR
    5-5 Amphay Champathong, Hawaii, Sr., K
    5-5 Anthony Smith, Tulsa, Sr., WR

Hanspard Receives Doak Walker and Several All-America Awards

For the sixth-straight season, a Texas Tech football player has earned All-America honors and for the second time in four seasons a Red Raider won the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation's top running back. Junior Red Raider tailback Byron Hanspard has been named first-team All-America by Football News, Football Writers Association of America and the Walter Camp Foudation and was awarded the Doak Walker in a Dec. 4 ceremony in Dallas.

Hanspard, a 6'-0", 193-pound marketing major from DeSoto, has also earned mention as a finalist for the Football News Offensive Player of the Year and the Walter Camp Foundation Player of the Year.

Last season linebacker Zach Thomas was named first team All-America for the second-straight season. Running back Byron Morris was named in 1993, wide receiver Lloyd Hill in 1992, and punter Mark Bounds in 1991.

Hanspard Sets Several Tech Records

With his streak-extending 257-yard effort against Southwestern Louisiana, junior Byron Hanspard set several school records and was named the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season. He became only the sixth back in NCAA history to surpass 2,000 yards in a single season and set virtually every Texas Tech career and single-season rushing record.

Against Baylor, Hanspard had become the first back in the nation to pass the 1,000-yard mark this season. He has also gone over 1,000 yards in fewer games than any back in Tech history. Hanspard passed the 1,000-yard mark in the first five games, while Byron Morris in 1993 and James Hadnot in 1978 and 1979 achieved the mark during the eighth game of the season.

The Heisman Trophy candidate is averaging 6.4 yards per carry and has surpassed the 200-yard barrier in five games this season. He has rushed for over 100 yards in 16 straight games. Hanspard recorded a 287-yard school-record outing against Baylor. (see Hanspard Bio)

The junior from DeSoto was the third-leading returning scorer in the nation this season, after averaging 9.82 points per game last season. A preseason All-America selection, Hanspard averaged 223 yards per game in his final three games of last season, including 260 yards against Air Force in the Copper Bowl, where he was named the game's MVP. He rushed for 1,374 yards last season, the second-best sophomore performance in the Southwest Conference's 82-year history. He also led the team with 35 catches for 474 yards.

Hanspard's Career Stats
        Rush  Yds  Avg  TDs  Rec  Yds   Avg  TDs
1994    173   761  4.4    5   11  230  20.9    1
1995    248  1374  5.5   11   35  474  13.5    7
1996    339  2084  6.1   13   17  192  11.3    1
Total   760  4219  5.5   29   63  896  14.2    9

Steadman One of a Kind

Texas Tech head trainer Natalie Steadman is not just the only female head trainer in the Big 12 Conference, the Littlefield native is apparently one of only two in the nation. After serving as the primary football trainer since 1992, Steadman was named Tech's director of sports medicine and head athletic trainer earlier this year. She follows in the footsteps of longtime athletic trainer Ken Murray, who returned last year to go into private business.

Steadman's husband, David, is also involved with the training staff, serving as an assistant athletic trainer. Natalie was named the "Powerbar Optimum Performer of the Week" by the Fox Sports announcing crew during the Texas Tech vs. Texas game on Nov. 9.

Lethridge Continues to Move Up Tech Charts

Junior quarterback Zebbie Lethridge has quietly been moving up the school charts in several categories. He passed Ron Reeves on the career passing yards list (3rd, 5,167), career pass completions (3rd, 385), Career pass attempts (3rd, 809), career TD passes (3rd, 36) and career total offense (3rd, 5,935). He also moved past James gray for second on the school list for TDs responsible for with 58.

Last year he set a final Southwest Conference record with 211 consecutive passes without an interception, which will stand as the all-time SWC mark. Last season Lethridge recorded the most prolific sophomore season ever for a Red Raider with 1,885 passing yards, 22 total TDs and 2,022 yards in total offense.

Lethridge's Career Stats
        Att  Comp  Pct  Yds   Int  TD  Eff    Rush  Yds  Avg. TD
1994    261  132  .506  1596    6  12  112.0   110  289  2.6   6
1995    281  136  .484  1885    6  13  115.7   122  137  1.1   9
1996    267  117  .438  1686    6  11  105.6   130  342  2.6   7
Total   809  385  .476  5167   18  36          362  768  2.1  22

Greaser Enjoys Record-Setting Season

Sophomore kicker Jaret Greaser recorded the second-most extra points in a single game with eight against Southwestern Louisiana, just one short of the nine that Marc Mallery made against TCU in 1985 and the nine teammate Tony Rogers made against Arkansas State last season.

Greaser has connected on two of the nine longest field goals in school history this season. He made a 55-yarder against Texas, which cleared the upright with plenty of room to spare and landed in the grassy area of Jones Stadium. For his effort, Greaser was awarded the AT&T Long Distance Award for the second time this season. His prep career-high was a 59-yarder while competing at Amarillo H.S.

He tied a school record with four field goals against Oklahoma State and converted five-straight attempts this season, including a 53-yarder at Kansas State. He made attempts of 40, 40, 42 and 37 yards against the Cowboys to tie the mark held by five players on seven occasions, the most recent by Lin Elliott against Cal State, Fullerton in 1991. Greaser narrowly missed a 54-yard game-tying field goal with just :07 on the clock at Georgia on the wet Sanford Stadium grass.

Junior Tony Rogers and Greaser both nailed 53-yard field goals at Kansas State, tying the sixth-longest effort in Texas Tech history. Both kicks also were the longest for a Texas Tech kicker since Ricky Gann hit a 55-yarder against Houston in 1984.

For the first time in the award's history, two kickers from the same team were honored with the AT&T Long Distance award when Texas Tech's Jaret Greaser and Tony Rogers both connected on 53-yard field goals at Kansas State. In honor of the accomplishment, AT&T has donated $400 to the NCAA's Degree-Completion Scholarship Program and each player will be awarded an engraved plaque in recognition of the achievement.

Darden Looking For... Quadfecta?

Junior Tony Darden intercepted the first pass of his career as a defensive back against OSU and achieved the first of a unique hat trick in the process. With an interception return for a TD, he would achieve a rare quadruple: A TD rushing, passing, receiving and by interception. During his career, Darden has thrown a pass, caught a pass and has now intercepted a pass. He has also thrown for, rushed for and caught a touchdown. He caught his second interception of the year against Utah State and third at Kansas.

Darden came to Texas Tech in 1993 as one of the most celebrated quarterbacks in the Texas high school record books. At San Antonio's Holmes High School, Darden became the state's third-leading TD passer with 45 as a senior in 1992. He threw for 3,235 yards and had at least two TD passes in every game.

After redshirting in 1993, Darden switched to the receiver position midway through his freshman season after competing at quarterback with current starter Zebbie Lethridge. Last season an ankle injury slowed his progress after he started the first five games. He caught seven passes for 47-yards in the Copper Bowl. Last spring, Darden moved to cornerback and is the starting left slot.

Scovell Pursuing Medical Career

Tech's second-leading receiver in 1995 with 16 catches for 303 yards, Field Scovell graduated last spring with a 3.699 grade point average in finance. The two-time GTE Academic All-District VI selection is taking undergraduate courses this fall in preparation for medical school. He missed Tech's first scrimmage during two-a-days to take the medical school entrance examination (MCAT). He caught TD passes against Baylor and Utah State and is averaging 15.7 yards per catch. He also completed his first career pass on a successful fake field goal toss to Sammy Morris against KSU. He was named a Burger National Scholar-Athlete of the Week this season.

Hanspard Leads in Career 100-Yard Games

Along with every other Texas Tech record, except the career all-purpose mark that Donny Anderson still holds, junior tailback Byron Hanspard eclipsed the school record for career 100-plus yard rushing games.

In just three seasons, Hanspard has 22 100-yard rushing gmaes, which is three more than James Gray compiled in four seasons. Byron Morris surpassed the century mark 16 times, while James Hadnot surpassed 100 yards on 12 occasions.

Tech One of Big 12's Top Attendance Gainers

With three-straight sellouts of over 50,000-plus, Texas Tech's attendance has enjoyed a record year (see earlier note on attendance). Here is a breakdown of the Big 12's rise in attendance this season at each member institution:

1996 Big 12 Conference Attendance Comparison
By Percent Increase
  Rank   Team            G   Tot      Avg.    95 Avg  +/-    Pct +/-
    t1.  Texas Tech      5   226,584  45,317  39,218  +6,099     +16 
    t1.  Iowa State      6   260,224  43,371  37,455  +5,916     +16 
    t3.  Oklahoma State  6   247,966  41,328  36,820  +4,508     +12 
    t3.  Texas           6   448,470  74,745  66,522  +8,223     +12 
     5.  Kansas State    6   257,882  42,980  38,771  +4,209     +11
     6.  Kansas          5   210,500  42,100  39,600  +2,500      +6
     7.  Missouri        6   235,022  39,170  37,516  +1,654      +4
     8.  Nebraska        6   452,614  75,436  75,659  -223       -.3
     9.  Texas A&M       6   379,632  63,272  62,457  +815        +1
    10.  Colorado        6   312,586  52,098  52,160  -62       -.01
    11.  Oklahoma        5   334,507  66,901  70,969  -4,068      -6
    12.  Baylor          5   180,970  36,194  40,541  -4,047     -10

By Average
  Rank   Team            G   Tot      Avg.    95 Avg  +/- Pct   Chg
     1.  Nebraska        6   452,614  75,436  75,659  -223      -.3
     2.  Texas           6   448,470  74,745  66,522  +8,223    +12 
     3.  Oklahoma        5   334,507  66,901  70,969  -4,068     -6
     4.  Texas A&M       6   379,632  63,272  62,457  +815       +1
     5.  Colorado        6   312,586  52,098  52,160  -62      -.01
     6.  Texas Tech      5   226,584  45,317  39,218  +6,099    +16 
     7.  Iowa State      6   260,224  43,371  37,455  +5,916    +16 
     8.  Kansas State    6   257,882  42,980  38,771  +4,209    +11
     9.  Kansas          5   210,500  42,100  39,600  +2,500     +6
    10.  Oklahoma State  6   247,966  41,328  36,820  +4,508    +12 
    11.  Missouri        6   235,022  39,170  37,516  +1,654     +4
    12.  Baylor          5   180,970  36,194  40,541  -4,047    -10


Tech returned a kickoff for a TD: Rodney Blackshear, 92 yards vs. Texas A&M, 10-6-90 in College Station.

Opponent returned a kickoff for a TD: Sanjay Beach, Colorado State, 99 yards, 9-12-87 in Lubbock.

Tech returned a punt for a TD: Dane Johnson 69 yards vs. SMU, 9-24-94 in Lubbock.

Opponent returned a punt for a TD: Chris McCranie, Georgia, 45 yards, 9-18-93 in Athens, GA.

Tech returned an interception for a TD: Robert Johnson, 9 yards, vs. Nebraska, 10-19-96 in Lubbock

Opponent returned an interception for a TD: John Herpin, Southern Cal, 26 yards, 1-2-95 in Dallas.

Tech returned a fumble for a TD: Montae Reagor, 21 yards, vs. Baylor, 10-5-96 in Lubbock

Opponent returned a fumble for a TD: Terrell Farley, Nebraska, 21 yards, 10-19-96, in Lubbock

Tech shut out an opponent: Houston (34-0), 10-19-94 in San Antonio.

Opponent shut out Tech: Arkansas (31-0), 10-10-87 in Lubbock.

Tech blocked a field goal for a TD: James Mosley, 60 yards vs. Rice, 10-18-86 in Houston.

Tech blocked a punt for a TD: Scottie Allen blocked, Steve Carr returned 9 yards vs. Wyoming, 9-21-91 in Laramie, WY.

Opponent blocked a punt for a TD: Alex Morris, Texas A&M, 10-1-88 in College Station.

Tech returned a blocked PAT for a two-point score: Ben Kirkpatrick, 84 yards vs. Oklahoma, 9-3-92 in Lubbock.

Tech scored a safety: Taurus Rucker forced Ben Rutz, Kansas, to int. ground. in end zone, 10-12-96 in Lawrence, Kan.

Opponent scored a safety: Brad Cade stepped out of end zone vs. Rice, 10-21-95 in Lubbock.

Tech scored TD in the last minute to win: Zach Thomas, 23-yard pass int. vs. A&M, 0:30 left in 14-7 win, 10-7-95 in Lubbock.

Opponent scored TD in the last minute to win: Eddie Goines 11 pass from Terry Harvey, NCSU, 0:00 left in 36-34 win, 10-9-93 in Lubbock.

Tech kicked FG in the last minute to win: Lin Elliott 37-yard FG vs. New Mexico, 0:27 left in 34-32 win, 9-22-90 in Albuquerque, N.M..

Opponent kicked FG in the last minute to win: Brett Conway, Penn State, 39 FG , 0:04 left in 24-23 win, 9-9-95 in State College, Pa.

Tech won by going for two: Travis Price, pass from Billy Joe Tolliver vs. Texas, 2:36 left for 33-32 win, 10-29-88 in Lubbock.

Opponent won by going for two: William Gannon pass from Jerry Rhome, SMU, 2:12 left for 8-7 win, 10-18-61 in Dallas.

Did You Know???

  • Texas Tech is playing in its 22nd bowl game since beginning football in 1925...
  • In 1937, Texas Tech coach Pete Cawthon's team became the first major college football team to fly to a football game...
  • Cawthon was also among the first to install lights for night football at a major Texas school...
  • In 1938, Texas Tech and Centenary played to a rainsoaked tie in which there were an amazing 77 punts. Tech punter Charlie Calhoun punted 36 times for 1,318 yards, obviously an NCAA record that will likely never be broken...
  • Texas Tech won 11 of a possible 17 championships in the Border Conference before competing in the SWC in 1960...
  • Texas Tech Athletic Council Chairman J. William Davis, in 1957, authored the National Letter of Intent that is still in use today...
  • In 1965, the Texas Tech vs. Kansas game was stopped 56 seconds into the fourth quarter due to a driving rainstorm and tornado warnings...
  • Florida State adopted a tradition of a black horse with an Indian chief leading the team onto the field after watching Texas Tech's masked rider do the same for the Red Raiders.


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