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Jan. 2, 2006

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GETTING STARTED

  • Texas Tech won the opening coin toss and improved to 7-of-12 on the opening flip this season. The Red Raiders received the opening kickoff and Alabama defended the north endzone.
  • Today's attendance was 74,222.
  • Today's game marks Tech's third appearance in the AT&T Cotton Bowl and its first since 1995. The game also marked the 29th bowl appearance for the Red Raiders as the second highest total in the state behind the University of Texas (45). Texas Tech is the only Big 12 school that has been bowl each year of the league's existence.
  • Today's 10 a.m. kickoff on Fox marked Tech's fourth morning game of the season. Tech played Kansas State on ABC back on Oct. 15, Baylor on FSN on Oct. 29 and Oklahoma on FSN on Nov. 19.
  • Texas Tech graduates Pat Green (Country music star), Edward Whitacre (CEO of AT&T) and Lonnie "Primo" McCurry (member of Tech's 1938 Cotton Bowl team) were in attendance at today's game.
    Starters - (Offense) - (LT) E.J. Whitley, (LG) Bryan Kegans, (C) Brandon Jones, (RT) Gabe Hall, (RG) Manny Ramirez, (QB) Cody Hodges, (F) Taurean Henderson, (Y) Robert Johnson, (X) Jarrett Hicks, (H) Danny Amedola, (Z) Joel Filani (Defense) - (LE) Brett Bischofberger, (NT) Chris Hudler, (DT) Ken Scott, (RE) Keyunta Dawson, (SAM) John Saldi, (MIKE) Fletcher Session, (WILL) Sylvester Brinkley, (LC) Antonio Huffman, (SS) Vincent Meeks, (FS) Dwayne Slay, (RC) Khalid Naziruddin
     

     

    TECH'S LOSS...
  • Gives Texas Tech a final record of 9-3 on the season.
  • Snaps a three-game bowl win streak that began with a 55-15 win over Clemson in the Tangerine Bowl.
  • Gives Head Coach Mike Leach a 48-28 all-time record.
  • Gives Texas Tech an 8-20-1 record in bowl games.
  • The Red Raiders fall to 0-3 all-time in Cotton Bowl games.

    FILANI IS FIRST TO 1,000
    Junior wide receiver Joel Filani became the first Red Raider receiver to 1,000 yards when he accomplished that midway through the first quarter. Filani becomes the fifth different player under Mike Leach to receive for 1,000-plus yards in a single-season. Filani finished the game with 67 yards and ends the season with 1,048 total yards.

    NOTING THE RED RAIDERS

  • Alabama's first touchdown of the game came on a 76-yard pass and that marked the longest TD reception given up by the Tech defense this season. The previous high was a 75-yard catch by Texas' Billy Pittman in that game in Austin on Oct. 22nd.
  • Texas Tech failed to return a punt for a touchdown in today's game and that put an end to a six-year run in which Tech recorded at least one punt return for a TD during the season.
  • Alex Trlica scored Tech's first points of the game when he nailed a 34-yard field goal late in the first quarter. The field goal made Trlica 5-for-7 on the season from 30-39 yards.
  • Texas Tech blocked an Alabama field goal with 1:01 remaining in the first half and that marked the first by the Red Raiders special teams unit since the NC State game in 2002 (Aaron Hunt). Chris Hudler was credited with the blocked field goal.
  • Texas Tech's three first half points is the second lowest of the season behind a shutout at Oklahoma State. Tech's three first half points is the lowest total in a bowl game since the 2001 Alamo Bowl when the Red Raiders trailed Iowa 10-3.
  • Cody Hodges finished the day with 66 yards rushing and that is the most under head coach Mike Leach.
  • Alabama's game winning field goal marked the first against the Red Raiders since the New Mexico game in 2004.
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