Sept. 20, 1997
Football Game Notes vs. North Texas
Senior quarterback Zebbie Lethridge's touchdown pass in the second half set the Texas Tech record for career touchdowns responsible for. He has 66 in his career (26 rush, 40 pass), surpassing Robert Hall who had 65 (17 rush, 48 pass) from 1990-93.
Lethridge passed Billy Joe Tolliver for second on Tech's career total offense list with 6,691. Lethridge has 5,816 passing and 875 rushing in his career. Tolliver had -281 yards rushing and 6,756 yards passing for a total of 6,475 yards from 1985-88.
The 12-play scoring drive by North Texas in the second quarter tied the most plays Tech has allowed in a scoring drive this season. The 4:45 time of possession is the second longest of the season given up by Tech.
North Texas' 49 yard field goal late in the second quarter is the longest made against the Red Raiders since Phil Dawson of Texas hit a 53 yarder on Nov. 9, 1996 in Lubbock.
Lethridge's 52 pass attempts tied the school record for number of attempts in a single game. The record of 52 was set by Jason Clemmons against Texas in 1992. Clemmons was 25 of 52 in that game. He is currently a graduate assistant coach for the Red Raiders. Lethridge's previous high came against Kansas State in Tech's season opener on Aug. 31, 1996 when he had 47 pass attempts.
Lethridge 31 pass completions was second on the school list for a single game. The record is 34 by Robert Hall against Georgia in 1993.
Texas Tech's 54 pass attempts in the game is the second most in school history. The previous most was 55 against Kansas State in 1986. The Red Raiders 32 completions fell shy of a school record of 34 against Georgia in 1993.
Junior transfer Stony Garland made his first career starts for Texas Tech.
In its first three games this season, Texas Tech has not allowed an opponent to score on its first possession.
The Saddle Tramps debut a new head for Tech mascot Raider Red.
Malcolm McKenzie's eleven receptions in the game set a career high. His previous mark of four was set three times over the last two seasons. McKenzie had four receptions against Oklahoma last season, and four in this season's first two games. His 90 yards in the game was also a career high, surpassing the 54 set last week against Southwest Louisiana.
Reagan Bownds 30 yard punt return in the third quarter was the first of his career. Bownds missed the 1996 season due to a staph infection. Bownds also had his first career fumble recovery late in the third quarter.
For the first time in Texas Tech football history, two receivers recorded double figures in receptions in a single game. Donnie Hart had a career high 11 catches for 186 yards and Malcolm McKenzie registered 11 catches for 90 yards in the game. Hart's previous career high was seven at Tennessee.
Adrian Ervin scored his first touchdown of the season and second of his career with 4:34 remaining in the game. Ervin missed the first two Tech games due to an NCAA appeal for an additional season of eligibility.
North Texas' game winning touchdown with 1:04 left in the game marked the latest winning touchdown by a Tech opponent since Eddie Goines caught an 11-yard pass from Terry Harvey of North Carolina State with no time left on the clock in a 36-34 win on Oct. 9, 1993 in Lubbock.
Derrick Dorris' 62-yard kickoff return was the second of his career and the longest. His previous best was 22 yards against Tennessee.