Jan. 1, 2011
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Weather conditions at kickoff: Fair Skies; 35 degrees; Humidity 42 percent; Winds from the N at 15 mph
Today's game was televised nationally on ESPNU with Dave Pasch, Chris Spielman, Brian Griese and Quint Kessenich calling the action. Tech's appearance on ESPNU marked its first and the Red Raiders have now played on all channels of the ESPN family of networks (ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU). Texas Tech ends the season with 10 televised games which ties the school record that was established last season.
Today's game marked the first meeting between Texas Tech and Northwestern.
Today's game marked the first TicketCity Bowl and Tech's fifth New Year's bowl game inside Cotton Bowl Stadium.
Texas Tech won the coin toss and elected to defer. Texas Tech finished the season with an 8-5 record on the opening coin toss.
Texas Tech wore black jerseys, white pants and black helmets in today's game. The uniform combination was the exact same that Tech wore in the 2009 Cotton Bowl game.
Today's attendance was 40,121.
Today's game captains were senior running back Baron Batch and senior linebacker Brian Duncan.
Marked the school's 34th bowl appearance (ranks 19th nationally).
Senior defensive lineman Colby Whitlock wrapped up his Texas Tech career today by making his 49th consecutive start. Whitlock began his starting streak as a freshman at Oklahoma State on Sept. 22, 2007.
Eight Texas Tech seniors made their fourth consecutive bowl appearance today. The following Red Raiders have played in the Gator, Cotton, Alamo and TicketCity Bowls: Baron Batch, Bront Bird, Brian Duncan, Julius Howard, Lyle Leong, Detron Lewis, LaRon Moore and Colby Whitlock.
Starters - (Offense) - (LT) LaAdrian Waddle, (LG) Lonnie Edwards, (C) Justin Keown, (RG) Deveric Gallington (RT) Mickey Okafor, (QB) Taylor Potts, (F) Eric Stephens, (Y) Alex Torres, (H) Tramain Swindall (Z) Detron Lewis, (X) Lyle Leong
(Defense) - (LE) Sam Fehoko, (DT) Chris Perry, (RE) Colby Whitlock, (MIKE) Bront Bird, (WILL) Brian Duncan, (LC) LaRon Moore, (RS)Tre' Porter, (FS) Brett Dewhurst, (RC) Derrick Mays, (DB) Eugene Neboh, (DB) Cody Davis
TECH'S WIN . .
Gives Texas Tech a final 8-5 record. The Red Raiders have won at least eight games in each of the last nine years.
Gives Texas Tech its fourth bowl win in the last five years and consecutive bowl victories over Big Ten teams (Tech defeated Michigan State in last year's Alamo Bowl. 41-31. Texas Tech now has an all-time bowl record of 12-21.
Gives Texas Tech a winning season for the 16th consecutive year.
Gives Texas Tech a 2-0 record at Cotton Bowl Stadium this season. Tech defeated Baylor earlier this year 45-38.
Gives Texas Tech its first bowl victory in Cotton Bowl Stadium. Tech was 0-4 in Cotton Bowl games prior to today's win in the TicketCity Bowl.
Gives Texas Tech a three-game win streak to end the season for the second straight year.
Gives Texas Tech three straight wins against the Big Ten Conference.
Gives Texas Tech the first college football victory in the nation in 2011.
Gives Texas Tech a 7-3 record in the DFW Metroplex dating back to the 2000 season.
Gives Tommy Tuberville a 118-65 career record.
Gives Tommy Tuberville an 8-5 record as the head coach of the Red Raiders.
Gives Tommy Tuberville a 7-3 record in bowl games and a 2-0 record in Cotton Bowl Stadium on New Year's Day.
Gives Tommy Tuberville a 1-0 record against Northwestern.
TEXAS TECH ALL-TIME BOWL GAME RECORD BOOK
Team - Most First Downs - 34 (All-Time Record)
Team - Most Plays - Total Offense - 85 (Tied for Most)
Taylor Potts - 43 completions (2nd Most)
Taylor Potts - 76.7 completion percentage (2nd Most)
Taylor Potts - 4 passing touchdowns (Tied for All-Time Record)
Lyle Leong - 10 receptions (Tied for 2nd Most)
Lyle Leong - 2 touchdown receptions (Tied for Most)
Taylor Potts NAMED TICKETCITY BOWL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Taylor Potts was named the TicketCity Bowl Most Valuable Player. It marked the second consecutive year that Potts has been named the MVP of the bowl game. He is only the second Tech player to earn two bowl MVP awards, joining Graham Harrell (2006 & 2007). Potts was 43-of-56 passing with 369 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.
Texas Tech's second touchdown of the game late in the first half came on a trick play as QB Taylor Potts threw a screen pass to his right to Austin Zouzalik - Zouzalik then threw it right back to Potts who scored easily up the other sideline. The touchdown went down as a lateral pass and thus Potts was credited with a 13-yard TD rush.
LONGEST OFFENSIVE PLAY OF THE SEASON
Eric Stephens' 86-yard touchdown run in the third quarter marked the longest play from scrimmage for Texas Tech this season and is the second longest play in a bowl game played at Cotton Bowl Stadium. Dicky Moegle of Rice owns the longest play in a bowl game here when he ran for a 95-yard touchdown against Alabama. Alabama's Tommy Lewis stepped off the sideline and tackled him but officials ruled the play a touchdown.
Prior to today, Stephens long rush was a 30-yard scamper against Colorado earlier this year.
NOTING THE RED RAIDERS
Senior placekicker Matt Williams gave Texas Tech a 3-0 lead with 5:18 remaining in the first quarter when he connected on a 24-yard field goal. The field goal marked his eighth consecutive dating back to the Iowa State game earlier this season. It also marked his third field goal in a bowl game after nailing two in last year's Alamo Bowl win over Michigan State.
Sophomore receiver Austin Zouzalik gave the Red Raiders a 10-0 lead with 39 seconds left in the first quarter when he hauled in a 13-yard touchdown reception from Taylor Potts. The TD reception was just his second of the season and his first since the New Mexico game back on Sept. 11.
Senior wide receiver Lyle Leong gave Tech a 24-6 lead with 11 seconds remaining in the first half when he caught a nine-yard TD pass from Potts. The TD reception was his 18th of the season.
Junior receiver Tramain Swindall picked up his first touchdown catch of the season with 2:29 remaining in the third quarter and gave Tech a 38-17 lead. His six yard touchdown pass marked the eighth of his career.
The Texas Tech defense pitched its fourth, first quarter shutout of the year in today's game. Tech's last first-quarter shutout was against Weber State on Nov. 20.
Lyle Leong caught his second touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter with 7:13 on the clock to give Tech a 45-31 lead. It marked his 19th touchdown catch this season and the 32nd of his career. Leong now has six multi-touchdown reception games this season and 10 during his career.
Senior LaRon Moore made his first interception of the season and the third interception of his career as time expired on a hail mary pass on the final play of the game to secure the Red Raiders' 45-38 victory.