April 3, 1997
Red Wins Final Football Scrimage
Red Raiders wrap up spring drills, open season at Tennessee August 30
LUBBOCK, Texas - Walk-on redshirt freshman tailback Toby Cantu rushed for 119 yards on just seven carries to lead the Red squad to a 40-0 victory over the Black in Texas Tech's final footbal scrimmage of spring practice today at Jones Stadium.
The Red team was made up of mostly first- and second-team players, including rising senior quarterback Zebbie Lethridge, who completed 5-of-6 passes for 117 yards and one touchdown. Sophomre fullback Sammy Morris rushed eight times for 38 yards and one touchdown and caught a game high four passes for 32 yards.
"I think every farmer on the South Plains should buy football season tickets," said Texas Tech Head Coach Spike Dykes. "We got an inch of rain. We went ahead and played our spring game in an inch of rain."
"Scrimmages are in the eye of the beholder. Five people look at it and give you five different opinions. I think some good things have come out of spring practice We made some progressin some areas we needed to develop. The offensive line continues to get better. The defense continues to improve. The only bad thing about it is that we got Clint Robertson hurt today. Otherwise, we are real happy with the way we finished up spring practice."
The highlight for the Black team was redshirt freshman fullback Harlan Hill, who rushed nine times for 22 yards. The Red team defense limited the Black squad to just 33 total yards and three interceptions. Junior linebacker Ty Ardoin recorded two interceptions, one for a 24-yard touchdoun to end the game.
Texas Tech opens its 1997 season at Tennessee on August 30 in the earliest season opener in school history.
Scoring Summary 1q 10:23 Jaret Greaser 28 FG 3-0 1q 3:31 Clint Robertson 2 run (Praytor kick) 10-0 2q 10:09 Robertson 37 pass from Lethridge (Greaser kick) 17-0 2q 2:05 Sammy Morris 12 run (Praytor kick) 24-0 3q 4:38 Cheddrick McNee 3 run (Birkholz kick) 31-0 4q 1:45 Tony Rogers 26 FG 34-0 4q 0:00 Ty Ardoin 24 interception return 40-0
Passing - Red: Lethridge 5-6-117, TD, Peters 5-9-91. Black: Tittle 1-4-5, INT, Stevens 0-2, INT.
Receiving - Red: Morris 4-32, Winn 1-56, McKenzie 1-38, Robertson 1-37, TD, Baker 1-26, Fite 1-11, Patton 1-8. Black: Zimmerman 1-5.